Robert W. Bell

Campus addresses:

Holmes Hall, Room W-32 Wells Hall, Room C-305
Lyman Briggs College Department of Mathematics

Postal addresses:

Michigan State University Michigan State University
Lyman Briggs College Department of Mathematics
919 E. Shaw Lane, Room E35 619 Red Cedar Road, Room C305
East Lansing, MI 48825-1107 East Lansing, MI 48824

E-mail address: rbell (at) math (dot) msu (dot) edu


I teach courses in both the Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Mathematics at Michigan State University. Below are links to my courses for spring 2015 and a link to some of my previous courses.

LB 118 Calculus I, Sections 003 and 004. These sections will use a modified curriculum with an emphasis on modeling and applications to the life sciences. Course development and related research is supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
MTH 419H Honors Algebra II, Section 001. This honors is required for students in the Advanced Track Program in the Mathematics Department.
Current and previous courses


My primary research interests lie in a branch of mathematics known collectively as geometric group theory. The principal objects of study are of interest to researchers in geometry, group theory, and topology. My areas of expertise include CAT(0) spaces, Coxeter groups, Artin groups, and mapping class groups. In recent years, I have developed an interest in combinatorial games, especially the game of cops and robbers on graphs.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae (current as of January 2016)


Mathematics links

Geometric Group Theory
Geometry & Topology at Michigan State University

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

I am a co-PI, with Aklilu Zeleke, on multiple REU grants shared by faculty in the Lyman Briggs College, the Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Probability and Statistics. We have offered a summer REU here at MSU each summer since 2010. Below is a link to the REU web page.

Update: Support for Our REU program has been renewed for the Summer of 2016. Please feel welcome to contact me if you are considering applying for the 2016 program. The web page below will be updated soon. Preference will be given to applications received by March 1, 2016.

Summer REU in Mathematics

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Last updated on 01/10/2016