two young students with a woman listening to a lesson.Caption: Two young Project MISS participants join MISS tutor and program alumna Neha Arora during one of the lessons offered during the summer program. Photo: Karen Tapia Download Photo

Project MISS

Local Schoolgirls to Spend Summer Days Advancing Math Skills


During the month of July, more than 160 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 23nd year, the program gives students intensive mathematics instruction in geometry, algebra and pre-calculus — and the confidence to succeed and reach the goal of earning a college education.


July 2-27

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays


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


Participants come from Anaheim, Katella, Loara, Brea-Olinda and Garden Grove high schools, among others, as well as such Los Angeles area campuses as Gahr, La Serna, Cerritos, Santa Fe and Downey high schools.

A female student works on a math problem.Caption: Female students from area high schools are given the opportunity to brush up on their math skills and gain confidence in their abilities during the annual Project MISS program. Download


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. Over the life of the program — now a partnership between the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the university’s Student Affairs Division — more than 1,200 have attended, with approximately 98 percent going on to college. About one-third of these students have enrolled at Cal State Fullerton, and some Project MISS alumni have pursued careers in teaching.

Media Contacts:

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

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