Illinois Geometry Lab

  • A Winter Math Carnival
  • IGL Group photo Fall 2018
  • IGL Outreach
  • Video as a sensor


The Illinois Geometry Lab’s mission is to enhance and support undergraduate research within the Department of Mathematics and to support departmental efforts to engage local, state and national communities through outreach.

For more information about the various aspects of the IGL, please see our IGL Wiki

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A list of Spring 2020 IGL projects is available at
More projects are expected to be posted before the Winter break. The application for the Spring 2020 IGL research projects is now open.

Undergraduates: To apply, go to The deadline to apply is Sunday January 19th 11:59PM. We expect to send out acceptance notifications at the start of the Spring semester.

Graduates: The application for the Spring 2020 IGL research projects is now open. To apply, go to The deadline to apply is Tuesday January 15th 11:59PM, but we will keep accepting applications until all positions are filled.

Outreach opportunities: The Illinois Geometry Lab is excited to start a new undergraduate organization devoted to outreach. Any undergraduate at Illinois is encouraged to join; membership is not limited to mathematics majors. We are focused on working with undergraduates to engage our community in outreach projects. For details, see


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. 

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 generous gifts from private donors.

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.


IGL leadership team -
Philipp Hieronymi - IGL Director,



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMS-1559860, DMS-1654725, and DMS-1449269. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.