Mason Experimental Geometry Lab

Mason Experimental Geometry Lab MEGL is an experimental research lab in mathematics at George Mason University focusing on computation, visualization, and community engagement.

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.

Mission: Bringing the Platonic Universe to Life.

Getting ready for Friday with some more 3D prints of one sided surfaces
05/01/2019

Getting ready for Friday with some more 3D prints of one sided surfaces

As part of the Nifty Fifty program, MEGL Director Sean Lawton and team ran an activity for Kids Day at the Department of...
04/29/2019

As part of the Nifty Fifty program, MEGL Director Sean Lawton and team ran an activity for Kids Day at the Department of Homeland Security. About 130 elementary and middle school students took part throughout the morning, learning that 2+2 is not always 4, and how that simple fact ties into foundations of National Security.

For a closer look at our research projects, join us for the MEGL Symposium. May 3rd 2:30-4:30pm
04/27/2019

For a closer look at our research projects, join us for the MEGL Symposium. May 3rd 2:30-4:30pm

MEGL StReeTs (Student Research Talks) by Ryan Vaughn on 'The Hodge Decomposition Theorem'
03/29/2019

MEGL StReeTs (Student Research Talks) by Ryan Vaughn on 'The Hodge Decomposition Theorem'

A clean whiteboard calls for mind mapping
03/25/2019

A clean whiteboard calls for mind mapping

Dr. Sean Lawton taught hyperbolic crochet at Oakton Library recently.
03/05/2019

Dr. Sean Lawton taught hyperbolic crochet at Oakton Library recently.

Hyperbolic planes are very complex 3-dimensional geometric shapes that are very hard to visualize or model with conventional paper or plastic materials. But mathematician Daina Taimina, who is also a crocheter, devised a variation of the chain-stitch to create these shapes in yarn.

On Saturday, March 2nd, George Mason University Professor Sean Lawton spoke about the geometry and complexity of hyperbolic planes, and then taught program attendees a crochet pattern that is used to create them.

MEGL director Dr. Sean Lawton, chosen as a USA Science and Engineering Festival "Nifty Fifty" Speaker, leads students at...
03/02/2019

MEGL director Dr. Sean Lawton, chosen as a USA Science and Engineering Festival "Nifty Fifty" Speaker, leads students at Lorien Wood school in a dance inspired by the complex numbers - https://bit.ly/2GVaUVM

Samantha Kay Fairchild discussing the Washington Geometry Lab; at the JMM special session on GLU.
01/16/2019

Samantha Kay Fairchild discussing the Washington Geometry Lab; at the JMM special session on GLU.

Sean Lawton presenting about MEGL.
01/16/2019

Sean Lawton presenting about MEGL.

Ben Riley at JMM special session on GLU talking about the activities of the Kentucky Math Lab.
01/16/2019

Ben Riley at JMM special session on GLU talking about the activities of the Kentucky Math Lab.

Ajeet S Gary discussing a Geometry lab project he participated in via the EGL; at the JMM special session on GLU.
01/16/2019

Ajeet S Gary discussing a Geometry lab project he participated in via the EGL; at the JMM special session on GLU.

Jeremy T. Tyson talking about recruitment and demand at the largest Geometry lab in the USA at the JMM special session o...
01/16/2019

Jeremy T. Tyson talking about recruitment and demand at the largest Geometry lab in the USA at the JMM special session on GLU.

Harrison Bray & Mark Greenfield speaking about running a Geometry lab with limited resources and encouraging inclusivity...
01/16/2019

Harrison Bray & Mark Greenfield speaking about running a Geometry lab with limited resources and encouraging inclusivity at the JMM special session on GLU.

Arindam Roy speaking about the rise and fall of Geometry Labs at JMM special session on GLU.
01/16/2019

Arindam Roy speaking about the rise and fall of Geometry Labs at JMM special session on GLU.

Edgar A. Bering IV giving a talk on 3D printing and recruiting for Geometry labs at JMM special session on GLU.
01/16/2019

Edgar A. Bering IV giving a talk on 3D printing and recruiting for Geometry labs at JMM special session on GLU.

Aaron Wilson giving a talk on the "Near-peer" effect at JMM special session on GLU.
01/16/2019

Aaron Wilson giving a talk on the "Near-peer" effect at JMM special session on GLU.

MEGL Outreach just wrapped up a busy end of the semester. We ran 2 activities this week and 3 last week, in addition to ...
12/21/2018

MEGL Outreach just wrapped up a busy end of the semester. We ran 2 activities this week and 3 last week, in addition to presenting our work at the MEGL Symposium and the MEGL Poster Session. Here's a pic from one of our activities this week. See you in January!

MEGL Symposium Fall 20187 Project Teams including graduate and undergraduate students presented their research. Thanks f...
12/07/2018

MEGL Symposium Fall 2018
7 Project Teams including graduate and undergraduate students presented their research. Thanks for all those who presented and attended!!

The MEGL Team at the Fall 2018 Symposium
12/07/2018

The MEGL Team at the Fall 2018 Symposium

Fall 2018 Poster Session Monday 12/10
12/04/2018

Fall 2018 Poster Session Monday 12/10

MEGL Fall 2018 Symposium Friday 12/7 2:30-6
12/04/2018

MEGL Fall 2018 Symposium Friday 12/7 2:30-6

We shared our Your Teachers are Lying to You activity with 73 students at Robinson Secondary School over the last two da...
11/20/2018

We shared our Your Teachers are Lying to You activity with 73 students at Robinson Secondary School over the last two days. Here are some of them creating hyperbolic planes out of paper triangles and tape.

Good times were had at Forestdale Elementary this afternoon. We shared our You Can Count on Monsters activity with two g...
11/13/2018

Good times were had at Forestdale Elementary this afternoon. We shared our You Can Count on Monsters activity with two groups of 2nd and 3rd graders.

We ran our newest activity and sequel to Really Big Numbers, Playground of the Infinite, on Tuesday at Kings Park Commun...
11/07/2018

We ran our newest activity and sequel to Really Big Numbers, Playground of the Infinite, on Tuesday at Kings Park
Community Library. It was very well-received and we're excited to have it as part of our line-up of fun outreach activities.

StReeTs seminar this Friday, 2:30- 3:30  by Rhea Palak Bakshi (GWU ) on 'The Thickened T-Shirt and its Kauffman Bracket ...
11/05/2018

StReeTs seminar this Friday, 2:30- 3:30 by Rhea Palak Bakshi (GWU ) on 'The Thickened T-Shirt and its Kauffman Bracket Skein Algebra' !!

MEGL had its second mid-semester meeting today.  The talks were well done and the projects are moving along nicely.
11/02/2018

MEGL had its second mid-semester meeting today. The talks were well done and the projects are moving along nicely.

MEGL was a big hit at GMU's alumni weekend on October 13, 2018. Former students and their friends and family got a taste...
10/27/2018

MEGL was a big hit at GMU's alumni weekend on October 13, 2018. Former students and their friends and family got a taste of the research and outreach we do at MEGL by visiting the lab and exploring a variety of stations we had set up, including virtual reality, 3D printing, and interactive outreach activities.

MEGL Outreach added a new school to our network this week. We visited Kent Gardens Elementary and shared our Really Big ...
10/24/2018

MEGL Outreach added a new school to our network this week. We visited Kent Gardens Elementary and shared our Really Big Numbers activity with some of their 3rd and 4th graders.

Our outreach director Jack Love gave a short talk on MEGL Outreach at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics...
10/17/2018

Our outreach director Jack Love gave a short talk on MEGL Outreach at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics GMU student chapter symposium on Friday.

StReeTs seminar this week by Arsah Rahman (GMU) on "Understanding the Behavior of Quasi periodic Orbits"
10/05/2018

StReeTs seminar this week by Arsah Rahman (GMU) on "Understanding the Behavior of Quasi periodic Orbits"

First Mid-Semester Progress Report Meeting--Interesting Talks!
10/05/2018

First Mid-Semester Progress Report Meeting--Interesting Talks!

Have you conducted research at the Mason Experimental Geometry Lab? Present your work alongside other mathematicians at ...
09/25/2018

Have you conducted research at the Mason Experimental Geometry Lab? Present your work alongside other mathematicians at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore.

Calling all undergrads! The deadline to submit abstracts for the Joint Mathematics Meetings Student Poster Sessions is Oct. 5. Don’t miss this chance to share your research! https://www.maa.org/node/121450/

This morning we shared our You Can Count on Monsters activity with students at the Dogwood Academy Saturday program.
09/22/2018

This morning we shared our You Can Count on Monsters activity with students at the Dogwood Academy Saturday program.

Outreach talk by Claire Merriman from UIUC!!
09/21/2018

Outreach talk by Claire Merriman from UIUC!!

Mason Experimental Geometry Lab students at work late into the evening.
09/20/2018

Mason Experimental Geometry Lab students at work late into the evening.

09/19/2018
Geometry Labs United

Geometry Labs United

The AMS Notices article "Geometry Labs United: An Invitation" is now available. Take a look at our progress and join us at the JMM!

On 9/15/18, MEGL ran a tutorial workshop at the inaugural Women's Intellectual Network Research Symposium (WINRS), held ...
09/17/2018

On 9/15/18, MEGL ran a tutorial workshop at the inaugural Women's Intellectual Network Research Symposium (WINRS), held at University of Virginia.

First StReeTs talk of Fall 2018 by Ryan Vaughn
09/07/2018

First StReeTs talk of Fall 2018 by Ryan Vaughn

Come learn about undergraduate math research opportunities and the mathematics department at the George Mason University...
09/05/2018

Come learn about undergraduate math research opportunities and the mathematics department at the George Mason University Get Connected Fair!

First StReeTs talk of the Fall Semester 2018 Speaker  : Ryan Vaughn, GMUTitle         : Kernal Methods in Dimensionality...
09/01/2018

First StReeTs talk of the Fall Semester 2018
Speaker : Ryan Vaughn, GMU
Title : Kernal Methods in Dimensionality Reduction
Time : 2:30 - 3:20 pm, Friday, September 7,
Room : EXPL 4106

On July 12 MEGL Outreach participated in FOCUS camp for the third summer in a row. FOCUS stands for Females Of Color Und...
07/19/2018

On July 12 MEGL Outreach participated in FOCUS camp for the third summer in a row. FOCUS stands for Females Of Color Underrepresented in Stem. We ran our "Your Teachers Are Lying to You" activity four times that day, to a total of about 80 students. In this picture, students use balloons to explore spherical geometry.

On 6/19/18 MEGL ran its new activity "Playground of the Infinite", at City of Fairfax Regional Library from 2:30pm-3:30p...
06/21/2018

On 6/19/18 MEGL ran its new activity "Playground of the Infinite", at City of Fairfax Regional Library from 2:30pm-3:30pm. There were 17 elementary school students. It went really well! Students were engaged and having fun. See http://meglab.wikidot.com/2018-06-19photos for photos.

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