TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (February 15, 2024) – High school girls can explore their interests in mathematics in a free daylong event on Saturday, March 16, as Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Department of Mathematics and the college’s student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) celebrates Sonia Math Day.

Activities are planned from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in classrooms within the Olin Advanced Learning Center in the middle of campus.

“The Art of Mathematics” is the theme of this year’s event that honors Sonia Kovalevsky, a pioneer for women mathematicians. It includes engaging and interactive sessions designed to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Rose-Hulman mathematics professors and student math majors will lead fun-filled activities that have girls creating printed flowers using computational mathematics and engineering concepts. Other sessions will feature the geometry of a graph to create beautiful and interesting cobwebbing patterns and examining the mathematics of weaving.

There also will be other activities and discussions with faculty and AWM student members about women in STEM, along with follow-up talks during a free lunch on campus.

Rose-Hulman professors leading presentations and discussions will include Jeremy Harris, PhD; Josh Holden, PhD; and Al Holder, PhD.

All Sonia Math Day for Girls participants will receive a free T-shirt, if the students register by March 8.

Parents and girls with questions about the event can contact mathematics professor Sylvia Carlisle, PhD, at carlisle@rose-hulman.edu or reach out to the Department of Mathematics at 812-877-8302.

More information about Sonia Math Day can be found at www.rose-hulman.edu/soniamath.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individualized attention. The Institute is consistently recognized nationally as an elite STEM college for distinctions that include faculty excellence, return on investment, value-added, and career services. Career placement is near 100 percent year after year. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Rose-Hulman has an enrollment of nearly 2,250 students. Learn more at rose-hulman.edu.

A Dropbox with photos from a previous Sonia Math Day for Girls event at Rose-Hulman can be found at:
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