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For Middle School Students Entering 7th & 8th Grades


Program Directors

T. Huffman

Tanya Huffman, M.A.

Mrs. Huffman has taught undergraduate   level mathematics since 2005.  She has  developed inquiry-based curriculum materials for introductory statistics and calculus courses and facilitated workshops on developing Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning (POGIL) activities. She coordinates business calculus courses and mentors new faculty. Her classes utilize active learning and technology enhancement - clickers, mobile devices and team-based learning with game play (Math Jeopardy). She is a member of the organizing committee for the undergraduate mathematics conference. She writes  High School tests for the FGCU annual mathematics competition and FGCU STEM competition. She is a member of the judging panel for the middle school science fair. She is a faculty member of the FGCU Honors Program, Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Initiative and Whitaker Center for STEM Education. She is a senior faculty personnel for the STEM Professional Academy for Reinvigorating the Culture of Teaching (SPARCT) program.

Menaka Navaratna

Menaka Navaratna, Ph.D.

Menaka Navaratna is an associate professor of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he currently serves as the department chair of mathematics division. His terminal degree is in the area of applied mathematics where real life applications are modelled using mathematical equations. Besides regular administrative and teaching duties, his interests include, but are not limited to modeling biological systems using differential equations, mathematics education, computer programming and building circuits. During his leisure time, he loves to disassemble and learn the new technologies used in electrical equipment.

Session Leaders

T. Huffman

Senthil Girimurugan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast Universit
Euclid Session Leader


Dr. Senthil B. Girimurugan (BeeJay) is an assistant professor with the department of mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has a doctorate in statistics. His major interests are in wavelet transforms, high dimensional and computational statistics, and multivariate analysis. He is an avid programmer and can code in more than 5 computer languages. He loves to derive formulas and run computations in genetics and other life sciences for his research. During his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, cooking, going to the beach, and karaoke.


T. Huffman

Leigh White, B.S.

Graduate Teaching Assistant at Florida Gulf Coast University
Pythagoras Session Leader


Leigh White is a graduate student at Florida Gulf Coast University currently pursuing a Masters degree in Mathematics. She graduated FGCU with her Bachelors in Mathematics in the fall of 2014. Leigh has been a tutor and instructional assistant for the Math Department since 2012 and enjoys enhancing students' understanding of mathematics. She will be teaching Statistical Methods in the fall for the first time and this is her first year with the Mathletes program. Born and raised in southwest Florida, she is truly a Florida native, though she enjoys traveling to new places. Some of her favorite activities include running, cooking, singing, and telling bad math jokes. .


Program Personnel

Rachel Campbell

Rachel Campbell, M.S.

Chemistry Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University
Stay Tuned: Sound Wave Models -Chemistry Activity Leader


Tanya Kunberger

Sue Coticone, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast Universit
Crime Scene Investigation 


Teaching Assistants

Vincent Marcantinio - undergraduate student, Mathematics and Music
Josiah Keime - undergraduate student, Bioengineering
Farhana Huda - graduate student, Mathematics
Michael Monaldi - undergraduate student, Bioengineering
Matthew Mule - undergraduate student, Mathematics
Jesse Champer - undergraduate student, Biochemistry
Kristy Zalud - undergraduate student, Marine Science

Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell, M.S.

Chemistry Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University
Stay Tuned: Sound Wave Models -Chemistry Activity Leader


Tanya Kunberger

Tanya Kunberger, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Founding Faculty member in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University
Building Rube Goldberg Contraptions






Faculty Participated in Previous Years

Kevin Davies

Rob Nichols, M.A.

Instructor of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University

Mathletes Co-director 2014 and 2015.


Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University
Spectrometer Activity Leader -2014



Joseph Cuiffi

Joseph Cuiffi,, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering
Solar Activity Leader-2015


Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. Robotocs Activity Leader -2015