HPU to Host Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day for Middle School and High School Girls

Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, associate professor and chair for the Department of Mathematical Sciences, helped launch HPU’s First Annual Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 25, 2020 – High Point University’s Mathematical Sciences Department will host its First Annual Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day on April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the HPU Community Center, inviting local middle school and high school girls to learn about math in a fun way.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to register at www.highpoint.edu/mathematics/sonia-kovalevsky-day by March 25 to be entered into a drawing.

The Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day aims to expose middle school and high school girls to opportunities available in mathematics by creating fun and exciting experiences through workshops, plenary talks, panel discussions and a math challenges activity. The theme for the day is: DI-versity in Math: Gaming to Promote Exposure.

This project honors Sonia Kovalevsky, who was the first major Russian female mathematician, the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe and one of the first women to work as an editor for a scientific journal.

Teachers, parents and sponsors are invited to attend and participate in teacher workshops.

“Our hope is to ignite a passion for mathematics in participants and increase the representation of women and underrepresented groups in the field,” says Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, associate professor and chair for the Department of Mathematical Sciences. “By partnering with Guilford and Forsyth County schools, we will aid these young women as they transition from middle school to high school and from high school to college.”

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