April 19, 2005

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Terrance Calloway Student Assistant

Area High Schools Celebrate 10th Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day

The tenth Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day will be held on the campus of Valdosta State University at Powell Hall Auditorium on Thursday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Sonia Kovalevsky Day (SK Day) is a project that encourages female high school students to pursue the study of mathematics and prepare for possible careers in mathematics-related fields. SK Day is named in honor of Sonia Kovalevsky (1850-1891), a Russian mathematician and the first woman to earn a doctorate in mathematics.

Dr. Linda Calendrillo, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be designated speaker to welcome the visitors of the event. There will be three mathematics workshops led by VSU faculty. The event will include a talk with a career role model, Jessica Fuller, Applied Mathematician for Langdale Industries. There will also be a mathematics contest for which prizes will awarded.

There are 70 high school students and teachers scheduled to attend. Participating high schools include Atkinson County, Bainbridge, Brantley County, Early County, and Lowndes County.

SK Day is made possible by a grant from the Association for Women in Mathematics, Coppin State University and the National Security Agency.

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