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Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day

Fresno State's seventh Sonia Kovalevsky Day tentatively will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020.  We look forward to seeing you in the Spring!

The Department of Mathematics invites high school and middle school female students interested in math, and their teachers (male or female) to a daylong program featuring fun and interactive mathematics activities, talks, and career panel discussions. Schools or individuals planning to attend should pre-register by February 14.

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 women in mathematics!

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

Last year's main sponsors:

  • Fresno State - College of Science and Mathematics
  • Fresno State - Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative  
  • California Mathematics Council - Student Activity Trust Fund


Our event would not be possible without the help of many donors and sponsors. During the month of October 2019, we are using Fresno State's crowdfunding website, through which we hope to raise the funds needed to continue to run these fun SK Days and keep them free of charge for students. All donations are tax-deductible, as they are made directly through the university, and a donation of any amount would be a huge help. 


Thank you in advance for your support.  Below is a link to our project site here, where the donations are collected: