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FUMPTY (Fordham University Math Program for Talented Youth)

If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.” - Galileo Galilei

The Fordham University Math Program for Talented Youth (FUMPTY) is a newly established program that offers enrichment courses to mathematically inclined middle school students from the greater NY area and its surrounding tri-state region. The program's goal is to engage its participants by sparking and increasing their curiosity and interest in mathematics, to strengthen their analytic and problem solving skills and to develop an appreciation for, and understanding of, topics and ideas which are not usually taught in the regular middle school curriculum. The courses should strengthen the students' readiness to participate in the national math competitions. Fordham University sponsors the AMC competitions (organized nationally by the Mathematical Association of America). The AMC 8 this year will take place on November 19th, 2013 and more information on the competition can be found at .

The founder and current director of the program is Dr. Melkana Brakalova, the Chair of the Department of Mathematics. 

FUMPTY will offer two levels of  enrichment courses for middle school students in the 2013/2014 academic year. These courses will be taught by Fordham faculty with rich experience in teaching mathematics to young students.

The introductory level course will be taught by Professor Mila Martynovsky beginning on Saturday, October 19th 2013 at 9:00 AM. Her class will meet each Saturday at 9:00 AM from October 19th through November 23rd, 2013. pending cancellations. If cancellations occur, the classes will be made up. Professor Martynovksy’s class will prepare students for the AMC 8 competition by discussing topics such as probability, estimation, percentage, elementary geometry, spatial visualization, graphs and applications.  

The intermediate/advanced level course will be taught by Professor Jeff Breeding. This course will begin in January 2014 and topics discussed will include Group Theory, Number Theory, Cryptography, Geometry and Logic.

If you are interested in your child’s participation in the program please check with the Director of FUMPTY, Dr. Brakalova, at


Professor Bios

Dr. Jeff Breeding II is a Peter M. Curran Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Fordham University. After completing his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Breeding served as an assistant professor at Saint Louis University before coming to Fordham University. Dr. Breeding’s research interests are in modular forms, representation theory, algebraic geometry and L-functions. He organizes and runs the Fordham Putnam Seminar and was one of the first instructors for the Fordham University Math Program for Talented Youth.

Mila Martynovsky is an Instructor of Mathematics at Fordham University who has been teaching and tutoring middle school, high school and college level mathematics for more than twenty years in both the United States and Russia. Mila earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Ural State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Moscow State University. As a member of both the New York Math Circle and My Learning Springboard, Mila has extensive experience preparing students for entrance to specialized high schools including Hunter, Stuyvesant, Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Tech. She is passionate about preparing students for national mathematics competitions such as the AMC and Math Olympiads and was one of the first instructors for the Fordham University Math Program for Talented Youth.

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