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Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day

With generous support from PNC Bank and Frederick County Public Schools, the Department of Mathematics hosted its ninth Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for High School Girls on Monday, March 9, 2015. This day honors the first woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics and encourages young women to continue their study of mathematics. Students and teachers from each Frederick County high school were invited to participate this year.

The day featured workshops led by Hood faculty and others as well as lunch with Hood students, faculty and administrators, and a career panel of women who use mathematics in their jobs. Workshops in 2015 included Cryptography and Cryptanalysis, Game Theory and Behavior Modeling, Building with Plato, and Optimization in the Real World.

Current Hood students, including members of Hood's student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, served as volunteers for the day.

We look forward to hosting many more Sonia Kovalevsky Math Days in years to come!

For more information about SK Day, contact Professor Jill Tysse: or Professor Gwyneth Whieldon: