Margaret Symington
Associate Professor

Office: 216 Ware Hall
Phone: (478) 301-2815 Fax: (478) 301-2378
Email: symington_mf [at]
Department of Mathematics
Mercer University
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207


Fall 2010: MAT 191 (Precalculus)
                 MAT 350 (Introduction to Abstract Mathematics)

Research interests:

For the general reader... I am interested in  geometry and topology -- in fact, any topic in which visualization helps provide insight.  Mathematics research, for me, usually involves drawing lots of pictures.  In my work in symplectic topology (my specialty) I am frequently use two-dimensional diagrams to represent certain four-dimensional spaces.

Research with undergraduates:

For fellow researchers... My expertise is in symplectic topology, in particular the topology of symplectic manifolds of dimension four.  I am interested in questions at the interface of symplectic topology, toric geometry and the topology of smooth four-manifolds.

You can access my papers at the ArXiv


           I am interested in reaching out to and supporting local middle and high school math teachers.  Toward this end I

Educational background:

Ph.D. 1996, Stanford University, Mathematics

Last modified: Monday, 27-July-2010