Sonia Math Day to Show High School Girls the Math Behind Puzzles, Games

Friday, February 04, 2022
A group of students sit at a table working on math problems.

High school girls are invited to participate in a free Department of Mathematics-sponsored campus event with engaging and interactive sessions that encourage interests in mathematical science career fields.

The role mathematics has in solving puzzles and games will be featured as part of a nationwide Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for Girls event February 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sessions will be conducted in room O-157 of Olin Advanced Learning Center on campus.

Mathematics professors and student math majors annually invite high school girls to campus to participate in engaging and interactive sessions in hopes of encouraging their interest in mathematical science career fields. The event pays tribute to Sonia Kovalevsky, a pioneer for women mathematicians. 

The free event is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the institute’s student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).

Rose-Hulman mathematics professors leading presentations and discussions in graph theory, cryptography and other topics will be Manda Riehl, Leanne Holder, Tim All, and Joshua Holden. There also will be discussions during lunch with AWM student members and professors about careers and opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Girls interested in participating in the event should be currently enrolled in or have taken a high school-level math course. Find out more about the event and register online at Health and safety protocols required face masks always being worn properly by event participants in the classroom. Social distancing will be required during lunch. Parents and girls with questions about the event can contact mathematics assistant professor Tracy Weyand at 812-877-8446 or