Sonia Kovalevsky Day


Through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), Central State University (CSU) and the University of Dayton, we will host a Sonia Kovalevsky (SK) Middle School Mathematics Day at CSU.

The aim of CSU's SK Day is to expose 75 middle school girls from Dayton Public Schools to real world applications of mathematics and mathematics-related careers and to provide their teachers with instructional strategies to improve mathematics teaching and learning.

The students will participate in applied math sessions that will expose students them through hands-on activities to the areas of forensic science, cryptography, mathematics in music, and sensor applications in the environment.


Invited Speakers

Dr. Dawn Alisha Lott

Dr. Lott is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Bucknell University in 1987, a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1994. Her major research interest is the numerical study of solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations that model physical phenomena in solid and fluid mechanics, biomechanics and physiology.

Lott is the Director of the Delaware State University Honors Program. She is a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Biomedical Engineering Society, and she is Vice-President of the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM). She delivered the 2011 MAA-AWM Etta Z. Falconer lecturer at MAA MathFest in August 2011.  Additionally, she was on the Board of Governors for the MAA from 2010 - 2013.

She is an active researcher and at present has sixteen publications in print. She presents her research in various forums at least two to three times per year.  She has been honored by the GEMS Program at DSU, the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP), the Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program, the MAA, and NAM.  She was instrumental in the development of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics at DSU.  Lott continually seeks out excellent students and encourages them to pursue graduate or professional degrees. She has advised and graduated six Master of Science recipients in Applied Mathematics and she is currently advising two students in pursuit of an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics.

Lott lives with her husband and two children in Dover, Delaware.


Dr. Ebony Omotola McGee

Dr. Ebony Omotola McGee is an Assistant Professor of Diversity and Urban Schooling at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and a member of Scientific Careers Research and Development Group at Northwestern University.

As a former electrical engineer, she is concerned with science, technology, engineering mathematics (STEM) learning and participation among marginalized students of color. Her research focuses on the role of racialized biases in educational and career attainment, resiliency, mathematics identity and identity development in high-achieving marginalized students of color in STEM fields.










CSU Faculty Presenters

Dr. Syvillia Averette

Dr. Jenny Cruz

Dr. Kimberly Kendricks

Dr. Tamra Ragland

Dr. Suzanne Seleem

Dr. Xiaofang Wei