Welcome to the FERMAT FELLOWS Web Page

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.

If interested, you can fill out an Application for 2006-2007 academic year.

Christie Weston

Christie Weston received her B.S. in mathematical sciences from UCSB in2000.  She worked in the engineering realm for five years before returning to school this fall to work on her master's degree in mathematics at CSUN.

She is participating in the GK-12 Fellowship through CSUN at Christopher Columbus Middle School with teachers Naomi Fried-Kokason and Josh McClellan. Christie lives in Thousand Oaks, California with her husband.

Blake Haymes Barley

Born in Northridge, Ca. during the Eisenhower administration, I have lived in Southern California most of  my life. After high school, I graduated from CSUN in 1980 with majors in Math and Philosophy, went to UMASS/Amherst for three years of graduate school, and became a computer consultant. Returning to CSUN in 2004 as a MS candidate in Pure Math, as well as a single subject credential candidate, my interests include learning as much math as possible, and learning how students learn as much math as possible. After receiving my degree (confidence is key to achievement), I hope to go on to doctoral studies at a nearby university, since my honey is happily employed at a local Montessori school, and my younger daughter is happily enrolled at Northridge Academy High. In the short term, I am trying to understand the rudiments of the mathematics of supersymmetry, and make a positive contribution in the classroom at Mulholland Middle School.

Alex Lee

Alex Lee  Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley. 

Currently a graduate student in mathematics at CSUN.  Interested in pursuing a career in teaching computer graphics animation.  Likes to snowboard and play chess in my spare time

Nathan Hamlin

Nathan Hamlin grew up in Santa Clarita, California and attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate.  There he studied a good deal of history and philosophy but ultimately left with a math degree.  

He is a second-year student in the CSUN mathematics M.S. program and after receiving his degree he intends to pursue a Ph.D. and teach at a university. He has been named a USC Rennaissance Scholar and an ISI Bodman Scholar for Science.

Jennifer A Wright

Born and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles). I started working full-time and taking night classes at Valley College right out of High School. I transferred to California State University Northridge and finished my undergraduate degree in Mathematical Statistics in 2001. While I was an undergraduate I was accepted into the CSUN/JPL PAIR program which helped support me financially and provided me with my first taste of research. The PAIR program motivated me to continue my education at CSUN in mathematics. Now with the help of the fermat program I will finish my Masters degree in 2006. Iím a fellow at East Valley Middle School working with Mrs. Fuentes and Mr. Coleman.

Bradley Wagner

Bradley Wagner was born in Escondido, CA, located 30 miles northeast of San Diego.

He received his Bachelor's degree in mathematics from The Master's College in 2005. He immediately began working on his Master's degree in mathematics at California State Univiteristy at Northridge. In his free time Bradley enjoys photography and reading Star Wars novels.


Avery Neal

Avery Neal was born in Florida but was raised in Washington State.  He earned his B.A. in Mathematics from San Francisco State University. 

Currently he is pursuing a M.S. in Mathematics at CSUN.  In the Fermat program Avery is working in Mulholland Middle School with Max Vento and Gabriel Ortega.  In his spare time he plays guitar and listens to old records. 

Sara Frietze

I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and then moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University. I obtained a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from LMU and am now a first year math graduate student.

I am currently working as a fellow at Birmingham High school with Tania Lopez and Dan Cramer. Hopefully the students will learn to love math as much as I do!

Andrea Nemeth

I was born in Hungary, but I moved here to Los Angeles in 1994. I received my undergrad degrees in mathematics CSUN with the options of statistics and applied math.

I am currently a first year graduate student in the math department at CSUN. I've always loved math and science, and I hope that my involvement with the GK-12 program will allow me to pass along some of that enthusiasm to the students I work with at East Valley Middle School.

Tigran Mkrtchyan

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, I have graduated from Yerevan State University of Armenia with major in Applied Mathematics in 1992.  After school, I worked as a computer programmer, published a newspaper and was a taekwondo instructor.

In 2001, I had to start my life from scratch in a new country. I love the US, a country that has sheltered me, for it rejects all the limitations and frames of the human mind and confirms that through free mind and hard work everything is achievable. Since 2005 I am a graduate student at CSUN and a GK12 Fellow (HighTechHigh Los Angeles). After getting MS in Mathematics, I am going to go on to work for Doctoral degree.

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