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Welcome to GRAM (download PDF brochure)

The Graduate Readiness and Access in Mathematics (GRAM) program offers comprehensive training and preparation for undergraduate math majors aspiring to earn a graduate degree in the mathematical sciences (mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics).  Elements include rigorous content preparation aimed at mathematical readiness for graduate studies, training for general and subject GREs, training in problem-solving skills, undergraduate research, participation in a variety of professional conferences, cultural and family support, financial support for GRAM Scholars to decrease their work outside of academic activities, and professional development that includes guidance on graduate school applications and decisions, time and stress management, collaboration and networking skills, and skills tied to writing, reading, discussing, and exploring mathematics effectively.  Selected GRAM Scholars will be engaged in two years of intensive supplemental training to support their graduate school aspirations. This training will include a regular seminar, a research project guided by a faculty mentor in the CSUF Department of Mathematics, and a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) component that will advance mathematical research. The participants will present their results at conferences and publish them in appropriate venues.  They will also produce a GRAM thesis at the conclusion of the program.


GRAM Principal Investigators 

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Dr. Scott Annin, Mathematics

Algebra, Noncommutative Ring Theory


Dr. Anael Verdugo, Applied Mathematics

Nonlinear Dynamics, Differential Equations, Systems Biology




GRAM Faculty

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Adam Glesser: Dr. Glesser is an algebraist. He is interested in fusion systems, a categorical structure that unites aspects of group theory, representation theory, and algebraic topology. He is interested in issues related to college-level mathematics education. 


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Kevin Nichols: Dr. Nichols' research interests are spatial/temporal statistics and their applications to earthquake and wildfire data.



Reza Ramezan:  Dr. Ramezan is interested in interdisciplinary collaboration, conducting research in the juncture of statistics and neuroscience. He is especially interested in computational statistics, multivariate analysis, applied stochastic processes, multiscale modeling, neuroinformatics, and applications of statistics in neuroscience.



Laura Smith: Dr. Smith is interested in crime modeling, dynamical systems, complex networks, variational methods, image processing, and social media modeling. 



GRAM Scholars

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Thabat Dahdoul:  Thabat has a variety of interests and has research experience in biostatistics and computational biology.  She has received numerous scholarships and served as a tutor and supplemental instruction leader in the Department of Mathematics at CSUF.  Her ultimate career goals involve pursuing statistical research as it applies in the medical field.  She is currently working in GRAM under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Nichols and Reza Ramezan.  In her spare time, she enjoys bicycling, playing chess, and listening to music.


Christian Do:  Christian has a love of both mathematics and music, especially theoretical aspects of both.  In GRAM, he is conducting research in abstract algebra under the guidance of mathematician Dr. Adam Glesser, and he plans to attend graduate school and become a professor.  His interests include not only mathematics, but also the art of teaching and learning math, and his graduate studies may include some emphasis on mathematics education.  On the musical side, Christian enjoys percussion, and has some experience in both teaching and composing music.


Thi Ho:  Thi transferred to Cal State Fullerton from Santa Ana College in 2015, and she is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in mathematics, with an emphasis in statistics.  Ultimately, she aspires to attend graduate school and become a professor.  Her research in GRAM is under the mentorship of CSUF statistics professors Drs. Kevin Nichols and Reza Ramezan.  In her spare time, Thi enjoys reading and working on arts and crafts.

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Gabriel Martinez: Gabriel earned as Associate of Science in Mathematics degree with Honors in December 2014, and then he transferred to Cal State Fullerton.  In addition to his classes, Gabriel has worked as a supplemental instruction leader for calculus, and he has also tutored K-12 students in Common Core mathematics. Inspired by Stephen Hawking, Gabriel is fascinated by many aspects of the mathematical world, including applied mathematics.  He is currently working under the GRAM mentorship of applied mathematician Dr. Laura Smith.

GRAM Nungaray 

Freddy Nungaray:  Freddy is pursuing his undergraduate degree in computational applied mathematics and has high aspirations for a future career either in academia or for an agency such as NASA or the CIA.  He also enjoys serving as a role model by assisting grade school children who are struggling to understand basic math.  He is working with Dr. Laura Smith in GRAM and aspires to pursue a graduate degree in applied mathematics.  He enjoys drawing landscapes and playing sports in his spare time.

GRAM Shade 

James Shade:  James is pursuing a double major in mathematics and computer science, and he is a President’s Scholar at CSUF.  He is a co-author of a research paper in geometry in the College Math Journal, and he aspires to continue his studies in pure mathematics and become a professor and mentor for others.  He already has ample formal experience as a tutor and as a role model for other students.  He is currently a GRAM Scholar working under the advisement of mathematician Dr. Adam Glesser.  James enjoys exploring mathematical patterns and is fascinated by such number-based games as Sudoku.  In his free time, James enjoys hiking and camping.


GRAM Assistant / Peer Mentor


Brian Jing:  Brian is a recent graduate from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Chemistry. He is interested in serving underrepresented populations in the sciences, and he is volunteering with GRAM as an expression of that interest. Brian is a gifted communicator with many awards in debate tournaments through the years, and he is assisting our GRAM Scholars in their various writings, including personal statements, research and graduate applications, oral presentations, and more.


GRAM Assistant / Administration


Renee Bennett:  Renee is a staff member with many years of experience in the Math Department Office at Cal State Fullerton. She has graciously agreed to serve as a project assistant for GRAM, and her familiarity with the campus and its procedures and protocols has been invaluable. She has many roles for GRAM, including facilitator for travel arrangements for the GRAM students and administrators, organizer for GRAM campus events, leader for GRAM-related data acquisition, liaison between GRAM and related groups, and more.



Application for GRAM

Please submit this completed application form by: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

The application form should be returned to: Math Department Office, MH-154

Or return via email to: or

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Application for pre-GRAM course Math 281 (download PDF brochure)

Please submit this completed application form by: Monday, November 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

The application form should be returned to: Math Department Office, MH-154

Or return via email to: or

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GRAM Contact Information

Further information about the program and application forms can be obtained from


Dr. Scott Annin, CSUF GRAM Program Co-Director

Department of Mathematics, MH-33C

California State University, Fullerton

Tel: (657) 278-7678



Dr. Anael Verdugo, CSUF GRAM Program Co-Director

Department of Mathematics, MH-104K

California State University, Fullerton

Tel: (657) 278-3670