Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day

Fresno State's third Sonia Kovalevsky Day was held on Saturday, November 14, 2015. This is a daylong program featuring fun and interactive mathematics activities, a career panel, and a plenary talk. 

The program is free and open to any female high school student interested in math, their teachers (male or female) and parents or guardians.Sonia Kovaleveky

 “Many who have never had occasion to learn what mathematics is confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it a dry and arid science. In reality, however, it is the science which demands the utmost imagination…It seems to me that the poet must see what others do not see, must look deeper than others look. And the mathematician must do the same thing.”  S.K.

Sonia Kovalevsky Days take place across the nation. The event's main goal is to nurture young women’s enthusiasm for mathematics and to encourage them to consider careers in mathematics and related fields. Sonia Kovalevsky was a great mathematician and an advocate of women's rights in the 19th century. She was the first woman to be granted a Ph.D. in Mathematics, and it was her enthusiasm and struggle to obtain the best education available that began to open doors at universities to women.

Come learn, have fun, and meet other students and professionals to celebrate mathematics!

We look forward to seeing you next year. For questions contact Dr. Carmen Caprau (

Main sponsors:

  • Fresno State - College of Science and Mathematics
  • Fresno State - Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative  
  • California Mathematics Council - Student Activity Trust Fund
  • Mathematical Association of America Tensor Grant Program