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Mathematics – Student Opportunities

Women have been historically underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, and we want to help change that. Annually, the Rose‑Hulman Department of Mathematics and the RHIT Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) student chapter sponsor the Sonia Math Day for Girls event.

If you are a girl with an interest in mathematics, this event is for you!

Each year, Rose professors and math majors invite girls to campus to participate in engaging and interactive sessions, which pay tribute to Sonia Kovalevsky – a pioneer for female mathematicians. 

The free event is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the Rose-Hulman Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). This event is open to those who are currently in a high school level mathematics class.

2024 Schedule

Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for Girls: The Art of Mathematics

Saturday, March 16, 2024





Welcome and Introduction

AWM Student Volunteers


Mathematics of Origami

Dr. Manda Riehl (Math)


Interior Flowers

Dr. Al Holder (Math) and students


Discussion of Women in STEM

AWM Students & Rose Faculty





Campus Tour & Group Photo

AWM Student Volunteers


Holding it Together With String: The Mathematics of Weaving

Dr. Josh Holden (Math)



Dr. Jeremy Harris (Math)


Closing Remarks


Activity Descriptions:

Mathematics of Origami (Dr. Manda Riehl): Origami began as a Japanese art of paper folding, but more recently has had surprising applications in engineering, thanks to people thinking about this art form mathematically. We will learn about the art AND the math, and fold our own miniature solar sail.

Interior Flowers (Dr. Al Holder and Rose-Hulman Students): Create a flower in a regular

n-polygon with analytic central paths, and then print your flower for a keepsake. This project combines mathematics with engineering and computation to create unique and aesthetic mementos.

Holding it Together With String: The Mathematics of Weaving (Dr. Josh Holden)

Cobwebbing (Dr. Jeremy Harris): Use the geometry of a graph to create beautiful and interesting patterns by iterating a certain procedure.

Plus more activities and discussions about women in mathematics with Rose-Hulman students and faculty!

Want to learn more? Contact Dr.Sylvia Carlisle, associate professor of mathematics.

Previous Sonia Math Day Sessions

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