Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day

We are excited to announce Fresno State's third Sonia Kovalevsky Day to be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The day will be spent in fun-filled mathematics activities, including workshops, a career panel, and a plenary talk. This year, we have added a take-home problem solving contest, which allows us to recognize the students’ achievements.

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 ask that schools planing to attend pre-register by November 8, 2015, using the link on the right. For questions contact Dr. Carmen Caprau (

Main sponsors:

  • Fresno State - College of Science and Mathematics
  • Fresno State - Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative  
  • Mathematical Association of America Tensor Grant Program