CNR Welcomes Local Students to the Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day for High School Girls


Dr. Richard Thompson, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, welcomed students to a full day of fun and informative workshops and games involving math on April 1, 2011, on the annual Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day for High School Girls.

Dr. Thompson told students, “a record number of women are now entering college, probably 60% of the total college population, and that’s the good news.  But a relatively small number of them are entering mathematics and the sciences, and that’s unfortunate, for you, who may lose the opportunity for a meaningful, rewarding career, and for the rest of us who may lose the power of your creativity and insight.  What we hope to do today is to foster an interest, maybe even a passion, for mathematics – the beauty, complexity, simplicity and elegance of mathematics.”

The high school students were guided through the busy day on campus by CNR undergraduates and faculty members from the School’s math and science departments. Hands-on workshops were held on cryptography, forensics, chemistry and graph theory, among other problem solving workshops and contests.

This year Sonia Kovalevsky Day at CNR was organized by two members of the Mathematics faculty: Associate Professor, Dr. Michelle Merriweather, and Instructor, Elizabeth Wisniewski. General support and prizes were provided by Con Edison.

Pictured above: Using the microscope, two students examine the morphology of the unknown sample to determine if it matched that of any of the known samples in a workshop entitled, “Adventures in Chemistry.”