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Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day

Fresno State's fifth Sonia Kovalevsky Day will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Sonia Kovalevsky Day 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 and middle school student interested in math, and their teachers (male or female).

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!

Schools or individuals planning to attend should pre-register by February 12, 2018 by following the registration link on the right.

We look forward to seeing you at the event. 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