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Sonia Kovalevsky Day 2024

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UGA Boyd Research and Education Center

The Department of Mathematics is hosting Sonia Kovalevsky Day on Saturday, April 20, 2024

Named for the first major Russian female mathematician and the first woman appointed to full professorship in Northern Europe, the event celebrates Sonia Kovalevsky (b. 1850). Kovalevsky displayed an aptitude for mathematics from a very young age; but her father discourage her because he believed that there was no need for educated women and put a stop to further mathematical instruction when she turned thirteen. She continued her mathematical studies secretly.

This is an opportunity for young women (6th, 7th, or 8th grade middle school students) to engage in a day of networking, mentoring, and fun!

Event organizers are Hulya Arguz and Pierrick Bousseau from the UGA Mathematics Department.


The registration is now open and will close on April 15th. 2024. To register:

  • Complete the following online registration form by clicking on the following link: SK Day registration form
  • Complete, sign (by hand) and date the following consent form (pdf file): SK Day consent form.
  • E-mail the consent form to

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email (to the email address of the parent/guardian you provide in the registration form), which will include further practical information. 

See the complete schedule.

Image of Kovalesky via wikimedia commons

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