Sonia Kovalesvsky Day

A day of mathematical activities at Temple University for young women in grades 5 through 8.

Saturday, April 29th 2017, 9am -- 3pm

Registration

Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Families will be notified of acceptance no later than April 5th, 2016. To register, click here.

Schedule

The tentative schedule is

9:00am - 9:20am

Registration and Welcome

9:30am - 10:10am

Code Breaking

10:20am - 11:00am

Deceptive Data

11:10am - 11:50am

Mathematics Behind Popular Games

11:50am - 12:20pm

Lunch Discussions

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Individual Competition

1:00pm - 1:40pm

Mathematics of Pizza

1:50pm - 2:30pm

The Golden Ratio

2:40pm - 3:00pm

Awards Ceremony

Directions

The day's activities will be held in rooms 103, 402, and 404 of the Tuttleman Learning Center on Temple's Main Campus.

To use Google or any other service to find directions to Temple, please use the following address:

Tuttleman Learning Center
13th Street and Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Please plan to arrive between 8:45am and 9am and to depart at 3pm. To enter the Tuttleman Learning Center, you should use the south entrance located on 13th Street, which is at building 60 on this campus map.
If you want to drop your child off, there will be student volunteers outside (wearing t-shirts with our SK Day logo) who can escort your children up to the meeting room. If you would like to come up with your child, you will need to park and then walk to the Student Center. You can try to find street parking or use one of the pay lots on campus.

Information for Participants

What to bring:

Please plan to arrive between 8:45am and 9am and to depart at 3pm. Our activities will all take place in rooms 103, 402, and 404 of the Tuttleman Learning Center. You should use the entrance located on 13th Street, which is at building 60 on this campus map. For more information see the directions tab above.
If you want to drop your child off, there will be student volunteers outside (wearing t-shirts with our SK Day logo) who can escort your children up to the meeting room. If you would like to come up with your child, you will need to park and then walk to the Tuttleman. You can try to find street parking or use one of the pay lots on campus.

Organizers

Maria Lorenz is co-organizing the Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Temple for the fifth year. She is a Professor of Instruction in the Mathematics Department at Temple University. In addition to being involved in many aspects of Temple's undergraduate mathematics program, she has co-organized several outreach programs including the Temple University Math Circle and the Girls and Mathematics Summer Program.

Irina Mitrea is a Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. In the last 10 years she has created, organized, and run a number of mathematical outreach activities involving more than 3000 students (graduate, undergraduate, middle school and high school), a significant portion of which were specifically designed to benefit women in mathematics.

Workshop Leaders

Sogol Baharlou is a third year PhD student in the Bioengineering department at Temple University. She graduated her bachelor's degree in Biomedical engineering in 2012 and entered graduate school right afterwards. Currently she is working in Dr. Lelkes's lab which is an integrated tissue engineering and regenerative medicine laboratory (with great use of math every day). Sogol was an instructor in the Girls and mathematics program in the summer of 2014. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and reading.

Brian Filips is a graduate of Temple University in Mathematics education.  He is currently an adjunct instructor here at Temple as well. In his free time he enjoys  going to concerts and hiking.

Fiona Galzarano is an undergraduate math major in the Honors Program at Temple University. In 2015, she was chosen for Temple's Most Promising Mathematics Major Award. Last summer, she completed a research project on fractals at Cornell University, "Analysis on Apollonian Gaskets," which she presented at the Eastern Sectional Conference of the American Mathematics Society in this March. She is an officer of Temple's Association for Women in Mathematics branch.

Beca Lufi graduated from Temple University with a MA in mathematics in 2012. She graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 2006 with a BS in mathematics. Beca continued her studies at Tennessee Tech and received an MS in 2007, and taught for the department the following school year. In 2008, she worked as an actuary for a retirement consulting firm before returning to graduate school in 2009. Beca has taught hundreds of college students during her time as an instructor and graduate student, and continues to teach part-time at Temple University.

Kathryn Lund-Nguyen is a fourth-year PhD student in mathematics at Temple University. She currently researches matrix functions, whose applications pop up in everything from quantum physics to social networks. In her spare time, she teaches English for Puentes de Salud, a Latino health initiative in south Philly. She also enjoys playing video games, petting cats, and learning languages. She has participated in multiple SK Days since 2012 looks forward to this year's bright group of youngsters.

Sarah Roden is a Senior at Temple University majoring in Secondary Education in Mathematics. She is currently completing her Student Teaching at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Sarah is a part of Kappa Delta Pi, the College of Education's Honor Society, and is a Math Student Ambassador for the College of Science and Technology. In her free time she enjoys learning to cook and doing yoga.

Acknowledgements

Funding and support for this event is provided by the Mathematical Association of America, the Temple University Department of Mathematics, and College of Science and Technology.

Event Contacts

Maria Lorenz and Irina Mitrea