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A FERMAT Fellow is a full-time CSUN mathematics graduate student who spends a minimum of 15 hours a week working on the FERMAT project. Fellows spend a minimum of 10 hours a week in middle school and high school classrooms serving as resources for a few selected teachers. They provide content expertise for these teachers and instruction to students. Another five hours a week are spent in preparation for and follow-up to classroom activities, supported by the mentoring of CSUN faculty. All participating schools in the FERMAT program are in the neighborhood of the CSUN campus and activities are scheduled to give Fellows plenty of time for their graduate studies. As graduate students, Fellows are expected to complete their master's program in two years.

Fellows of 2006-2007 academic year , Fellows of 2005-2006 academic year


I was born in Pakistan but came to the United States as a child and discovered how much I love math. I recently graduated with a degree in Applied Math and now I am currently a graduate student at California State Northridge studying Applied Math. I plan on continuing to doctoral studies and get a Ph.D. In my free time, I like to play the piano and reading mysteries and science fiction. Isaac Asimov is the best.


Erin Colberg lived in Napa, CA before attending UCLA, where she earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. She is a second year graduate student pursuing an M.S. in Mathematics at CSUN, and this is her first year working as a FERMAT fellow at Birmingham High School.

Aside from math, Erin enjoys baking, visiting her family and friends in Napa, and shoe shopping!


Graduated from CSUN with a bachelors of arts degree in Mathematics in June 2007. I participated in the International Research Experience for Students in Brazil in the summer of 2007. I joined the FEM team in an exploration of finite element methods in applications of mathematics, specific to fluid dynamics. In the future I hope to pursue a doctoral degree and continue with mathematics research.

As a FERMAT fellow, I hope to inspire many young students and bring innovative mathematics teaching techniques to our public schools. Sharing knowledge is one of my many passions. I am enthusiastic and always up for a good challenge.


My name is Aime Jones. I was born in Berkshire England but I moved to California in 1990. I received my B.S. in mathematics From the University of California Santa Barbara in 2007. I am currently a first year graduate student in the math department at CSUN, and a first year fellow. I thoroughly enjoy the program at CSUN as well as the fellowship. I work with seventh and eighth graders at Nobel Middle School, as well as eighth graders at Columbus Middle School.


After living in Baghdad, Iraq for nine years, I came to the states with my family. I graduated from UCSB with a BA in Math then worked at Knapp, Petersen & Clarke (a law firm in Glendale) as an auditor and tutored for three years. Later it was necessary to take some time off and see different parts of the world such as Hawaii and Australia. I would very much like, one day, to be an author of a math textbook. Now I am pursuing a master's degree/career in math in hopes of becoming an inspiring teacher.


Elizabeth Leyton graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge in Spring 2007 with a degree in Applied Mathematics. She is now working toward a Master's Degree in Pure Mathematics. She is very excited to be working with 6th and 8th graders at both Sutter and Mulholland Middle School.


Emily Schnitger graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and a secondary teaching credential from CSUN in May 2006. She is currently in her second year as a graduate student in mathematics and retuning as a FERMAT fellow at Birmingham High School. She will be working with Leslie Stone, Vy Doan, and her partner, Erin Colberg. Emily recently had the opportunity to travel to Brazil and work on research with other students from the US and Brazil. When she is not doing math, Emily enjoys traveling, baking, making crafts, and spending time with her family.


I received my BS in Astrophysics from CSUN. I am now working towards earning an MS in pure math. This is my second year both in the graduate and the Fermat Program. I am looking forward to a great new year with my new partner Ceencha (with whom I happened to travel to Brazil for research this past summer). One of my favrite authors is Edgar Rice Burroughs. One of my favorite hobbies is reading. And one of my all time favorite quotes is 'deg deg.'


Cynthia graduated from California State University, Northridge in spring 2006 with a degree in pure mathematics. In summer 2006 she participated in the international component of the GK-12/FERMAT program, working on a research paper on composite membranes at UniCamp in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Last year in the FERMAT program, she worked with students at Birmingham High School. She is looking forward to working at two LAUSD middle schools for the '07-'08 school year, while finishing her M.S. in mathematics.


My name is Will Yessen. I was born in Russia and came to live in California in 1998. I got my B.A. in mathematics in 2006 from CSUN. I am currently first year graduate math student at CSUN and am planning to go on to a PhD program in 2008. This is my first year as a FERMAT fellow.