On Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Youngstown State University College of STEM held its first ever Sonia Kovalevsky Day. While this is the first time for YSU STEM, Sonia Kovalevsky events are held around the country to introduce the wonderful world of math to young women.
“Mathematics is a discipline where historically women have been a minority. These events where founded to promote mathematics among women, and to let them know that math is way beyond what they learn in high school and all different things they can do with a math degree,” says Dr. Alicia Prieto Langarica, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics.
During the day, young women from the area listened to speakers and panelists, met women with careers in mathematics, and even built polyhedra at one of the four workshops. This year’s keynote speaker was Professor Eve Torrence, from Randolph-Macon College, Ashland Virginia. Her lecture, “Classical, Renaissance, and Modern Polyhedra,” informed students of how the 3-dimensional has been the study of many mathematicians throughout history and how it has changed their thinking.
Other speakers and panelists included Carla Gerberry, who graduated YSU in 2003, Tara Martin, who graduated YSU in 2008, and Melissa Marshall, who graduated YSU in 2005. This year, there were eight participating schools: Boardman High School, Chaney High School, Hubbard High School, James A. Garfield High School, Kenston High School, Lincoln (Ellwood City) High School, South Range High School, and Warren G. Harding High School.