Dr. Maegan K. Bos
I taught high school for almost 2 years, and while I loved the teaching and the students, the administrative buraucracy drove me nuts. Also, it seemed to me, that my fellow teachers didn't love mathematics. I wanted to have people that I could talk to about new ideas, mathematical and pedagogical, and where I was wasn't the place to be. So I went to graduate school.
My dissertation was in integrable affine Lie algebras, and though I have a couple of papers in the field, it is not my passion. Furthermore, it is too advanced for undergraduate students. I love mathematics and I love getting students excited about mathematics; the actual level of the mathematics is moot. Solving a challenging integral is just a satisfying as finding a character formula for A72.
I recently took a group of students taking an SYE with me to Paris over Spring Break. The theme was Revolutions in mathematics. We looked at mathematicians that lived around the time of the French Revolution and how that impacted their mathematics. We had a blast!
In addition to mathematics, I enjoy making chain maille jewelry, doing kiragami, and other things that use my math skills in an arty way.
- Senior Theatre Award
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Calculus !!
- Bridge to Higher Math
- Algebras: Ring, Group, Linear
- Topology and Knot Theory
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- Dowker Notation and Knot tabulation
- Using renewable energy efficiently
- Teaching techniques for mathematics at the secondary level
- Enigma, Public Key, and other Encryption methods
- On-line Tuesday's and Thursday's 10:15 - 1:15
- or by appointment