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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.

You can also visit the web site of fellows of 2005-2006 academic year


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

I am currently a second 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 Vista Middle School.


This is my second year as a Fermat Fellow. I will be returning to Birmingham High School with a way awesome partner Emily Schnitger. After a great experience in the program last year, I am definitely looking forward to sharing my love of math with the high school students. This past summer, I spent 4 weeks in Brazil delving into the world of fluid dynamics. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to learn about an area of mathematics, which I have not studied before. I graduated with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Loyola Marymount University and will hopefully complete the M.S. degree from CSUN in the spring


Yeranuhi Semerdjian I graduated from CSUN with a BS in Astrophysics and a minor in Mathematics. I'm now excitedly working towards earning an MS in math.


Brittany was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but generally spent her childhood in southern California. She received her B.A. from CSUN in 2005, and is presently a second-year graduate student, whose thesis will be on knot theory. In her free time, Brittany enjoys playing bass guitar and a good RPG, watching old movies, and green tea ice cream. She lives in Palmdale, California, with her husband who is a graduate student in English.


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. He is now in his second year at CSUN. In his free time Bradley enjoys photography and reading Star Wars novels.


I graduated from California State University, Northridge in spring 2006 with a degree in pure mathematics. This summer I participated in IRES, working on a research paper on composite membranes at UniCamp in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I look forward to working with the high school students and hope I can show them new ways of thinking about mathematics.


Emily Schnitger was born and raised in Glendale, California and currently lives in Burbank with her husband. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics from CSUN in May, 2006.

Emily is currently pursuing a M.S. in mathematics and working as a FERMAT fellow at Birmingham High School with Tania Lopez, Dan Cramer, and her rad partner, Sara Frietze.

When she is not doing math, Emily enjoys traveling, dancing, singing, baking, making crafts, and spending time with her family.


Richard Abdelkerim is a first-year FERMAT Fellow who is beginning his second year as a graduate student. Previously he served as a full-time academic advisor on the CSUN campus while pursuing his graduate studies part-time. Richard is now ready to dedicate himself to his studies while helping the future of America in local middle school classrooms! He spent a couple of weeks this summer on a life-changing trip to Europe and is ready to get back to work. Richard LOOOOOOVES modular arithmetic and cooking. He is considering a PhD program after his studies at CSUN and wants to move out of state.


Scott Northrup was born in Thousand Oaks, California. After changing majors three times, he graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics in 2004.

After realizing that he was still interested in academics, Scott started in the CSUN graduate math program in 2005. After finishing with his Masters, he hopes to pursue his Doctorate.


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 started my life from scratch in a new country. Since 2005 I am a graduate student at CSUN and a second-year GK12 Fellow. (IHighTechHigh Los Angeles, Mollholand middle-school).

I am currently working on my thesis and exploring conformally flat hypersurfaces of dimension three. After getting MS in Mathematics, I am going to go on to work for Doctoral degree.