The Mathematical Computing Laboratory (MCL) is an organization within the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The primary purpose of the MCL is to coordinate and support undergraduate mathematical research projects that have a computational or computer visualization component.
The MCL hosts research projects for teams of undergraduate students every semester. Each project is managed by a faculty member and a graduate student mentor.
The Fall 2016 semester projects are currently underway. The next set of projects to accept applications will be Spring 2017. These projects will be announced near the end of the Fall semester. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive announcements about future application solicitations as well as other MCL activites and events.
The MCL is located in Room 709 of the Science and Engineering Offices building (SEO) which houses a computer lab, meeting space, 3D printer, and virtual reality hardware (Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift headsets). The lab also manages several computation servers which provide project participants with the opportunity to run calculations requiring fast CPUs, GPUs, large memory, or large numbers of parallel processes.
Graduate students and faculty in the department may also affiliate with the MCL to use its facilities in their research, independent of the current undergraduate projects in the lab.
The MCL receives support from National Science Foundation, the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at UIC, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UIC.
Summer support for middle school and high school student recruitment is generously provided by the Wojciech Komornicki Summer Math Fund.
See "About the MCL" for details of past support, lab personnel, and other acknowledgements.