2021 Faculty Spotlight: Jeffrey Norton

Jeffrey is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to entering the PhD program here at WashU, Jeffrey earned a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. 

Jeffrey studies a kind of mathematics called topology. A common practice of topologists is deforming complicated things into simpler things. The classic example of such types of deformation cause topologist to come to conclusions like a coffee cup and a donut are the same. 

This will be Jeffrey’s first summer teaching in the A&S pre-college programs and is excited about sharing the power and beauty of mathematics beyond the usual numbers and formulae of the middle school curriculum. 


Jeffrey will be teaching the 2021 STEM Challenge course for Middle School Summer Challenge.