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SAN JOAQUIN ENGINEERS COUNCIL

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb 06, 2014 

Stockton CA, Feb 06, 2014: The San Joaquin Engineers Council is pleased to announce Dr. Viji K. Sundar as the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award

The award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their professional knowledge and skills to the advancement of their community; have participated in nothing but honorable enterprises; have lived and worked according to the highest standards of professional conduct; have placed service before profit; have placed honor and professional standing before personal advantage; and have placed the public welfare above all other considerations. 

Dr. Sundar is currently a Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Stanislaus. She received her Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1968, and her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1973. 

Dr. Sundar was a founding member of the California Mathematics Project, a statewide program that was formed to enhance the quality of California’s K-12 mathematics education by increasing teacher’s mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge, and by supporting and developing leadership skills. 

Dr. Sundar was instrumental in securing grant funding to establish and support the Preparing Women for Mathematical Modeling (PWMM) summer program, which engages high school juniors and seniors in the exciting field of mathematical modeling. The program helps young women develop confidence, and plants the seed for a college and career path in the fields of mathematics and science. 

Dr. Sundar has been actively involved numerous K-12 outreach and education programs, including: Building Math Confidence; High School Mathematics Access Program; Pre-Freshman Enrichment Program; SMART – Science and Mathematics Achievement with the Right Techniques; Alice in MathLogicLand; Communicating Mathematics; Preparing Women for Mathematical Modeling & Robotics (PWMMR); and M is for Math Literacy. 

  • Dr. Sundar’s has been repeatedly recognized by her peers for her accomplishments and selflessness and she has received a number of awards, including the following, 
  • Outstanding Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Professor of the Year Award 
  • Outstanding Women of Stanislaus County 
  • WANG Family Excellence Award 
  • Outstanding Community Service Professor of the Year Award 
  • Progress in Equity Award 
  • JC Penny Golden Rule Award 
  • Outstanding Professor Award 

The 2015 SJEC Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. Sundar at the Annual Engineers Week Banquet to be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Grace Covell Hall on the University of the Pacific Campus. The annual banquet is held during Engineers Week. A nationwide event that recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of the engineering profession. 

Please go to http://www.sjec-ca.org/ for event information and reservations.


6th Annual Algebra Camp - Summer 2016

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What: The Algebra Camp is designed to give the students an understanding of algebraic concepts using Algebra Tiles, Algebra Balance, Learning Wraps and More. 

Where: At Stanislaus State Room: C133 | Map

When: July 25 - July 29 9:00AM - Noon 

For who: Students in grades 7-9 

Cost: (Includes supplies) 
$50 – If paid by July 15th
$75 - After 

Register: commerce.cashnet.com/math1 

Contact: Stanislaus State Math Grants 
Phone: (209) 667-3780
Email: mathgrants@csustan.edu  


6th Annual Geometry Camp - Summer 2016

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What: The program is designed to introduce students to geometry and lay the foundation for success in geometry. 

Where: At Stanislaus State Room: C133Map

When: July 18 - July 22

Time: 9:00AM - Noon 

For who: Students in grades 7-9 

Cost: (Includes supplies) 
$50 – If paid by July 8th
$75 - After 

Register: commerce.cashnet.com/math1 

Contact: Stanislaus State Math Grants 
Phone: (209) 667-3780 
Email: mathgrants@csustan.edu


Math Camp Spring 2016

What: Interactive hands on learning experience with games and puzzles. 

Where: Stanislaus State Science 1 Building # 9 | Map

When: March 28, 2016 - April 1, 2016 

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

For who: Students in grades 2- 5 

Cost:

  • $100 Early bird registration until March 21st 
  • $125 Thereafter 

(T-shirt + Tote Bag included) 

Registration: Online Only 

Closing Ceremony: Friday, April 1, 2016 

Time: 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM 

Free Parking: Lot 11 

Contact Us: 

Email: mathgrants@csustan.edu
Phone: (209) 667-3780

Math Camp Spring 2016 flyer

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HiMAP 6.0

What: HiMAP is a year-long STREAM Academy. Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mathematics

Where: Stanislaus State - Turlock Campus 
​*See below for individual sub-session details

For who: Students in grades 4-12;
anyone needing help in STREAM disciplines

Cost: $50 Per sub-session
​(T-shirt Included – Must be worn to each session!)
One day Drop-in Charge: $20 per Session

Register Online: commerce.cashnet.com/Math1

Informational Session & Orientation:
September 10, 2016 10:00am – 11:30am
Open to parents and HiMAP participants.
Location: Naraghi Hall, Room 101. Building #35 - See Map

Dates, Time, Location, Fees

Sub-session 1 $50
Wednesday Sessions

September 14, 21, 28
October 5, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 30
December 7

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Demergasso-Bava Hall
Building #21 - See Map
Room 100

Sub-session 2 $50
Thursday Sessions

September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
December 1

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Bizzini Hall
Building #2 - See Map
Room 235

Sub-session 3 $50
Saturday Sessions

September 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22
November 5, 12, 19
December 3

10:00am – 12:00pm

Science 1 Building
Building #9 - See Map
Room 127 & 129

One day Drop-in Charge: $20 per Session

Contact:  Dr. Viji Sundar
Email: ​mathgrants@csustan.edu
Phone: (209) 667-3780

HiMAP flyer


About HiMAP


Inch by Inch

Math is a Cinch;

Yard by Yard

It is Very Hard (r)


 

Background and Description

The High School Mathematics Access Program (HiMAP) was launched in 1995 at California State University, Stanislaus by Dr. Viji Sundar who continues to direct the program. HiMAP addresses the challenges identified in national statistics that shows students do not pursue mathematics and science classes with the same level of confidence and aptitude as other subjects. HiMAP is a Pre-Collegiate Academic program for students in the University's service area, which includes Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced county areas.

Planning and Objectives

The program involves coaching sessions in mathematics, chemistry, biology, general science and computers; enrichment lessons in mathematics; coaching for SAT 1 and A.P. calculus. The students attend a total of 20-24 sessions per year. The program is designed:

  • to coach participants on an ongoing basis to keep them competent and confident in their school mathematic and science classes;
  • to show that a college education in within their reach both academically and financially, and
  • to acquaint them to possible careers in mathematics, science and engineering with presentations by area professionals whose high school days and family background mirror theirs.

The program acts as a resource, as well as to mentor and guide students while providing the necessary fuel for these young students to pursue and persevere in their school mathematics and science courses.

Audience

The program is available to all students in grades 6-12 who attend schools in the University's service area. The program is designed to serve about 100 students each year. Students commute an average of 30 miles round trip to attend HiMAP.

Resources

In each of the first two years, (1995-96 and 1996-97), the program received a $5,000 grant from the Tensor Foundation (Mathematical Association of America). This was the seed money originally funded to promote women in math and science. The program currently charges $100 per semester (or $150 for the school year) from each student to cover some basic costs. Dr. Sundar continues to apply for grants on an annual basis.

Results

The effectiveness of the program is monitored through the participants of the program who write their comments at the end of the session regarding specific outcomes from attending the program. Outcomes range from improved grades in math and science in school, to enhanced confidence in the students ability in all subjects. Sustained or increased attendance in the program is another measure of success; the programs initial goal was to get 20 students to attend weekly. The average attendance now is 40 students per week.