The Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL), located in 121 Altgeld Hall, showcases the mathematical talents of undergraduate students at the University of Illinois. An increasingly diverse portfolio of research projects contributes to many fields within both pure and applied mathematics, and our outreach initiatives translate the mathematical expertise of our members into compelling and engaging programs for students and community members.
Our students have analyzed problems related to dynamical systems, hyperbolic geometry, number theory, symplectic geometry, urban traffic planning, virtual reality, and social network analysis. Work done in the IGL continues to be recognized, both locally and nationally. To recognize and reward the amazing work being done in our projects, we’ve created a new departmental award, the IGL Research Award. The first annual IGL Research Awards were presented at the Spring 2017 Mathematics Department Award Ceremony.
On the outreach side, we travel to local elementary and middle school competitions to set up displays, host K-12 classes for interactive learning activities, and organize Saturday workshops. Our annual Summer Illinois Math camp is a week-long day camp for high school students, taught by graduate and undergraduate students, which focuses on advanced mathematical topics.
As always, we are extremely grateful for the support, both moral and financial, which we receive from numerous sources. Financial support for the Illinois Geometry Lab comes from the Department of Mathematics, the University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement, the Mathematical Association of America, the National Science Foundation, and a generous gift from a private donor.
The Department of Mathematics outreach and public engagement activities serve all members of the wider community interested in exploring the creative and discovery-driven nature of mathematical exploration and research. If you are interested in learning more about our outreach programs for students and how you can help, please explore our website.