Grant Further Enhances Math Success of High School Women
November 23, 2004 :: 94
To further enhance the mathematics success of Anaheim
High School senior women who are participating in GEAR UP (Gaining
Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program), a $46,253
grant was awarded to David L. Pagni, professor of mathematics, and
Silas H. Abrego, associate vice president for student affairs, by
the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships’
2004 Promoting Excellence and Innovation in Education grant program
funded by the SBC Foundation.
“The SBC grant,” says Pagni, “will
allow us to extend GEAR UP intervention to include the Project MISS
[Mathematics, Intensive Summer Session] program for students who
are ready to take precalculus as seniors, and to incorporate individual
follow up of students in preparation for matriculating to a university.”
Fifty-seven young women — most of whom are
from Anaheim High — took part in Project MISS over the summer.
Throughout the school year, these women, in addition to their Anaheim
High female classmates, are having one-on-one contacts with a program
coordinator, as well as receiving information and counseling on
transcript evaluation, financial assistance, college applications
and plans, test preparation and parent involvement programs.
GEAR UP has been following Anaheim High’s senior
class since it began seventh grade at Sycamore Junior High School.
The program advocates partnerships between colleges and middle schools
in low-income communities to help raise expectations and ensure
successful college entry.
Now in its 14th year, Project MISS is a four-week
summer program designed to encourage young women to pursue careers
in science and math. The long-range goal, according to Pagni, is
to narrow the gender and ethnic gap that exists for careers in science,
mathematics and engineering. The short-term goal is to address the
needs of female high school students who are college bound and succeeding
in all course work except math.
David L. Pagni, professor of mathematics,
657-278-2671 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Silas H. Abrego, associate vice president for Student
Affairs, 657-278-2486 or email@example.com
Matsunaga, Public Affairs, 657-278-4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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