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Building Confidence Among Girls With Math

Project MISS Celebrates 25 Years of Success

June 13, 2014

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More than 75 girls from area junior and senior high schools are participating in Cal State Fullerton's Project MISS program this summer. The program gives female students intensive mathematics instruction, as well as confidence to succeed in the subject and read the goal of earning a college education. Pictured is Project MISS instructor Berenice Diaz leading a lesson during last year's program.

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During the month of July, about 75 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 25th year, the program gives students intensive mathematics instruction in geometry and algebra, along with the confidence to succeed and reach the goal of earning a college education.


July 7 - Aug. 1
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays


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


Participants come from Anaheim, Brea-Olinda, Garden Grove, Katella, Western, Magnolia, Savannah 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.


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 CSUF College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the University's Student Affairs Division — more than 1,500 have attended, with approximately 98 percent going on to college. Some Project MISS alumni have gone on to careers in teaching.

Media Contacts:

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

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