Program for Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day

9:30 - 10:00

Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 10:15

A "Welcome" by the organizers and Chair, followed by a short biographical sketch of Sonia Kovalevsky

10:15 - 11:15

Plenary Lecture: Carolyn Gordon, Benjamin P. Cheney Professor of Mathematics

Can you hear the shape of a drum?

11:15 - 12:15

Workshop: SET Magic Tricks

Abstract: Dazzle your friends and bemuse your enemies! We'll learn how to play the game SET, and uncover a few of its many secrets.

Graduate Student Leaders: Patricia Canh, Kassie Archer, and Elizabeth Gillaspy

Undergraduate Student Leaders: Nicole Looper and Molly McBride

12:15 - 11:15

Buffet Lunch

1:15 - 2:15

Workshop: Fractals

Abstract: A fractal is a mathematical object that contains infinitely many copies of itself in infinitely many sizes. This workshop will discuss some of the history of fractals as well as some examples of fractals in everyday life. We will also do a hands-on exploration of the Koch Snowflake and some of its properties.

Graduate Student Leaders: Katie Kinnaird and Lola Thompson

Undergraduate Student Leaders: Kellie MacPhee and Emily Eisner

2:15 - 3:15

Panel Discussion: Why study Math?

3:15 - 3:30

Closing and Evaluations