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Project MISS Attracts Girls to Math

Intensive Aid in Geometry, Algebra and Pre-Calculus for Middle and High School Girls

Updated July 8, 2013 | June 12, 2013

What:

During the month of July, about 120 girls from junior and senior high schools in Orange County and surrounding areas will participate in Cal State Fullerton's Project MISS. Now entering its 24th year, the program gives students intensive mathematics instruction in geometry, algebra and pre-calculus, as well as the confidence to succeed and reach the goal of earning a college education.

When:

July 8 - Aug. 2
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Where:

Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831

Who:

Participants come from Anaheim, Brea-Olinda, Garden Grove, Katella and Loara high schools, among others, as well as such Los Angeles-area campuses as Cerritos, Downey, Gahr, La Serna and Santa Fe high schools.

Background:

In 1990, David L. Pagni, professor of mathematics and recipient of numerous state and national awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, administered by the National Science Foundation, created the program to provide 10th- and 11th-grade high school girls with specialized math instruction. There is no charge for students to attend.

The program is known for sparking enthusiasm for math among those who had been struggling with the subject. Over the life of Project MISS — now a partnership between the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the University's Student Affairs Division — more than 1,200 have attended, with approximately 98 percent going on to college. About one-third of these students have enrolled at Cal State Fullerton, and some Project MISS alumni have pursued careers in teaching.

Media Contacts:

David L. Pagni, 657-278-2671
Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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