FERMAT is a GK-12 program that unites the efforts of mathematics faculty from California State University Northridge with educators from Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District 1, to place graduate mathematics students as Fellows in three pairs of high schools and feeder middle schools in the district. FERMAT’s focus is the quality of the education provided to mathematics graduate students so they become competent professionals who are skilled in communicating mathematical knowledge. It is also aimed at improving teacher quality in the participating schools.
A GK-12 program is a National Science Foundation program that enables graduate students to serve as resources for teachers in schools of the partner district. GK-12 programs have been implemented throughout the country. For more information about these programs follow one of these links:
California State University
Northridge (CSUN) is located in the western San Fernando Valley within
the city of Los Angeles. In a suburban setting it is about 25 miles
from Downtown LA and about 20 miles from the beaches in Santa Monica
and Malibu. CSUN is a comprehensive
University that offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
The Department of Mathematics offers Master of Science degrees in two tracks, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Classes are offered in the evening and will not conflict with Fellows’ duties at schools. Alumni have distinguished themselves in both academia and in industry. Some of our graduates use the master’s program a stepping-stone to the Ph.D., since some of our courses are taught at the same level as beginning Ph.D.-level courses. For instance, we offer Galois theory, Measure Theory, Calculus on Manifolds, and Introduction to Functional Analysis. For others, the master’s degree has been a terminal degree that prepared them for technically skilled jobs and for community college teaching positions. Our classes have a typical enrollment of 10-15 students, allowing the instructor to give individual attention to students.
While teaching is of primary importance in the California State University (CSU) system, there has been a strong emphasis on research in the CSUN College of Science and Mathematics, particularly in the Mathematics Department. As a result, our graduate program offers a blend of learning and research and our master’s theses are excellent preparation for the research requirements and rigors of Ph.D. dissertations.
Starting next year, the Mathematics Department will also run a Graduate Seminar, where students will freely exchange ideas and impressions, among themselves and with faculty, stimulating the intellectual atmosphere of our program. Students will be active learners and not simply passive receptors. Fellows are expected to play a significant role in this seminar. Furthermore, graduate advisors from nearby Ph.D. institutions will be invited to speak about their programs in the seminar. From Santa Barbara to San Diego, there are seven strong research institutions offering Ph.D. programs in mathematical sciences.
For more information about the Graduate Program and the Mathematics Department Faculty please visit the Mathematics Department's Website.
You must also apply separately for admission to the
University. For information about the
Admission process to the University follow this link.