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The application for the Fall 2019 IGL projects is now open. To apply, go to

The application closes on Sunday 08/18/2019. You can still edit your application and change your project choices right up to the deadline. To see all proposed projects, go to

More projects will be added throughout the summer. You can still change your project choices right up to the deadline in August.

For more information about the application process, please see


A standard lab project is suggested by a department faculty member for purposes of research and mathematical visualization. An IGL team consists of a faculty mentor, graduate student, and 3-5 undergraduate students. However, in recent years, the size and composition of IGL projects has varied significantly. While specific goals depend on the project, the underlying goal of all IGL projects is to contribute to mathematical research while also making it more accessible to the general public.

The frequency of meetings will be determined by the faculty mentor, but typically the full team meets every few weeks, while the undergraduate and graduate students meet more often (usually once or twice per week). Each undergraduate participant is expected to contribute 10 hours per week to the project.

In addition to research activity, IGL members are encouraged to participate in public engagement activities.

For Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students work in small teams under the mentorship of a graduate student and a faculty member on a project involving visualization or computation in an active field of mathematics. In addition to research experience, students learn to present their mathematical work to both department members (through regular meetings) and the general public (through public engagement activities).

Students are required to register for course credit (the 3 credit course Math 492) and to commit 10 hours/week to their project. You must be able to fit this course into your schedule in order to participate in the IGL.

The minimum requirement for participation in the IGL is completion of Math 241 (Calculus III) with a grade of B or better.

For Graduate Students

A graduate member of the IGL typically works in a group consisting of one faculty mentor and 2-3 undergraduate students. The graduate member is responsible for supervising progress on the project and providing both mathematical and technical support to the undergraduate student members.

Graduate students are additionally encouraged to take part in public engagement activities.

For the Faculty

Once a project is accepted, the IGL will assemble a team consisting of one or more graduate students and a number of undergraduate students. The size of the team is up to the faculty mentor. The faculty mentor is then responsible for regular meetings with the team (at least monthly) as they work on the proposed project.

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Contact Us

The IGL is located in 121 Altgeld Hall. Have questions about the IGL? Email