MEGL is an experimental research lab in pure mathematics at George Mason University focusing on the interplay of topology, algebra, and dynamics. These areas come together in the study of moduli spaces; that is, spaces whose points are themselves spaces.

We develop alternative modes of experiencing mathematics and engage in grassroots public outreach that fosters excitement about mathematics. Our activities naturally lead to development in 3D printing, virtual reality, and parallel computing.

In the News


accepted.jpg 2017: Tim Reid will be going to NC State to start a PhD program in computational algebra (with a "signing bonus"), Stephanie Mui will be going to the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU with a full research fellowship to pursue her PhD, Mae Markowski will be starting a PhD program in Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University, Jermain McDermott will begin a PhD program at the University of Maryland, College Park (he won numerous research fellowships and scholarships, but alas, could not accept them all), Zhusong Mei will begin a masters program at Carnegie Mellon in financial mathematics, and Patrick Bishop will start a PhD program here at GMU.
austincap.png 2017 graduating MEGL members: Patrick Bishop (BS), Mae Markowski (BS), Zhusong Mei (BS), Stephanie Mui (BS/MS), Tim Reid (BS)
plaque.jpg 2017 GMU Math Awards: Mary K. Cabell Award to the Outstanding Mathematics Student went to Mae Markowski, and Genevieve G. Feinstein Award in Cryptography went to Mary Leskovec
tim.jpg Tim Reid won an OSCAR grant to do research in MEGL during Fall 2016. He will be continuing his search for "special words" in free groups. UPDATE: his work won a 2017 OSCAR Student Excellence Award, and was featured at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research where Tim presented his work.
austincap.png 2016 graduating MEGL members: Austin Alderete (BS) , Patrick Brown (BS) , James Chiriaco (BS) , Jermain McDermott (BS) , Conor Nelson (BS) , Donnelly Phillips (MS), Anneliese Slaton (BS) , Mezel Smith (BS) , Mark Tuben (BS)
Stephanie MEGL member Stephanie Mui has won the regional competition to compete in the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair based on her work on embedding geometric surfaces in 3D (see examples of her 3D prints and 3D movies of tori and spheres). At the IISEF in Arizona she won the first place award of $2000 from American Mathematics Society.
AustinSmug MEGL member Austin Alderete has won the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Mathematical Sciences - Algebra, Number Theory, and Combinatorics based on his research during Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 under the tab Polytopes. He is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Texas-Austin.
plaque.jpg 2016 GMU Math Awards: Klaus Fischer Award for Academic Achievement in Mathematics went to Robert Argus, Mary K. Cabell Award to the Outstanding Mathematics Student went to Austin Alderete, and Genevieve G. Feinstein Award in Cryptography went to Jermain McDermott

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