BU offers math day for female middle and high school students

Date: February 15, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania department of mathematics, computer science and statistics will hold its first Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day Thursday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus of BU. The math day for female middle and high school students and their teachers will give students the opportunity to meet with women who have obtained higher-level degrees in mathematics as well as BU women currently enrolled in the mathematics program.

Highlights of math day include a panel discussion with math professionals, mathematical games and a campus tour. Students in BU’s chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national math honor society, as well as those who are currently student teaching in the area of math, will assist with the program and talk with the younger students about college life and the BU mathematics program.

The day will also celebrate the career of Sonia Kovalevsky, the first woman in modern times to receive a doctorate in mathematics and the first female math professor. Born in Moscow in 1850, Kovalevsky earned a doctoral degree in 1874 from the University of Gottingen. In 1883, she became a lecturer at the University of Stockholm and later was the first female math professor. Kovalevsky’s persistence to study math, at a time when women were discouraged from doing so, is the central theme for the young females who attend the event. 

The event, funded by the Association for Women in Mathematics and by a research and disciplinary grant through BU’s College of Science and Technology, is free for interested students and a lunch will be provided. Space, however, is limited. For more information, contact Elizabeth Mauch, associate professor of mathematics, at (570) 389-4103. The registration deadline is April 1.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.