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Lesley W. Wiglesworth

H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics

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PhD - Applied & Industrial Mathematics, University of Louisville, 2008

MS -  Mathematics, University of Louisville, 2007

BA - Transylvania University, 2004


Lesley Wiglesworth joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. She is a professor of mathematics and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012 and again in 2021. 

Her current research is focused primarily on discrete mathematics, and more specifically, combinatorics and graph theory.  Wiglesworth recently collaborated with students and faculty from Centre and Murray State University on a cross-institutional research project involving graph labeling.  She is very involved in undergraduate research and has mentored close to 30 students during her time at Centre.  These projects have resulted in over 15 student conference presentations and 5 submitted publications with students. Wiglesworth has also co-authored two book chapters and one publication centered around undergraduate research.  She is currently co-editing a book titled Teaching Mathematics Through Cross-Curricular Projects which will be published as part of the American Mathematical Society’s Classroom Resource Materials collection. 

Wiglesworth developed a study abroad course on the mathematics and architecture of ancient Peru.  In addition to traveling to sites of Inca, such as Cusco and Machu Picchu, students also explored the Chimú and Moche cultures while visiting the north coast of Peru. 

She graduated magna cum laude from Transylvania University with a B.A. in mathematics. While at Transylvania, she was a four-year member of the Women’s Swimming and Diving team and was recently inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame. She earned her M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in applied and industrial mathematics from the University of Louisville. 


  • Mathematics Community:
    NSF Grant DMS-1722563 for $7100 through the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics to support cross-institutional undergraduate research between students at Centre College and Murray State University.
  • NSF/MAA Grant DMS-0846477 supporting a Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (RUMC)
     - $2250 to partially support the Bluegrass Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at Centre College, October 4, 2014.
     - $2000 to partially support the Bluegrass Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at Centre College, September 28, 2013
     - $1600 to partially support the Bluegrass Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at Centre College, September 22, 2012
     - $2000 to partially support the Bluegrass Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at Centre College, September 17, 2011
     - Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow July 2008 - August 2009


  • Mathematical Association of America, Association of Women in Mathematics


  • DLM 120 (Gambling: Mathematics and Impacts)
  • MAT 300 (Foundations of Mathematics)
  • MAT 130 (Introduction to Statistics)
  • LAS 352 (Math & Archaeology of Ancient Peru, an abroad course)
  • MAT 110 (Mathematics in our Society)
  • MAT 305 (Combinatorics and Graph Theory)
  • MAT 330 (Abstract Algebra)


Articles and Book Chapters: 

  • E. A. Donovan and L. W. Wiglesworth. "Graph Labelings: A Prime Area to Explore." In Mathematics Research for the Beginning Student, Volume 2: Accessible Projects for Students After Calculus, edited by Aaron Wootton, V. Peterson, and C. Lee. Cham: Birkhuser Basel, 2022. 
  • E. A. Donovan and L. W. Wiglesworth. Enhancing the Undergraduate Research Experience by Engaging in Cross-Institutional Research." PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, published online in Dec. 2021. 
  • L. W. Wiglesworth. "The Mathematics and Impacts of Gambling". In Mathematical Themes in a First-Year Seminar, edited by Jennifer Schaefer, Jennifer Bowen, Mark Kozek, and Pamela Pierce, 23 - 29. Mathematical Association of America, 2021. 
  • L. Bromberg, J. Gorman, E. McNicholas, J. O'Shaughnessy, and L. W. Wiglesworth. “Parenting and Professing During a Pandemic." An expository publication in the MAA's MathValues. March 4, 2021. 
  • A. M. McAllister, L. W. Wiglesworth, and J. H. Wilson. "Establishing and Sustaining a Culture of Collegial Collaboration." PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. 30:6 (2020), 668-681. 
  • E. A. Donovan and L. W. Wiglesworth. “Building an Online Undergraduate Research Community." An expository publication in the MAA's MathValues. June 25, 2020. 
  • A. Bigham, E. A. Donovan, J. Pack*, J. Turley*, L. W. Wiglesworth. “Prime Labelings of Snake Graphs." The PUMP Journal of Undergraduate Research, 2 (2019), 131-149. 
  • A. Kezdy and L. W. Wiglesworth. “Unit-Stack Visibility Graphs." Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, 88 (2014) 95-110. 
  • T. Grauman, S.G. Hartke, A. Jobson, B. Kinnersley, D. West, L. W. Wiglesworth, P. Worah, and H. Wu. “The hub number of a graph." Info. Proc. Letters, 108 (2008) 226-228. 
  • L. W. Wiglesworth. “A study on unit bar-visibility graphs." Doctoral Dissertation (2008). Student Mentored Publications 
  • E. A. Donovan, E. Hoard, Y. Lyu, K. Sutton". “On the Prime Labeling of the Disjoint Union of Cycles." Submitted to the Journal of Integer Sequences. 
  • A. Davis, M. Ko, J. Pinto. “New Results on Subtractive Magic Graphs." "New Results on Subtractive Magic Graphs," Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal. Vol. 22 
  • Article 5, Aug. 2021. Available at: 
  • A. Hayes, E. Hoard, Y. Lyu, J. Pack, K. Sutton. “Crossing Paths: A Student Guide to Undergraduate Research," Horizons. Vol 27 (3), Feb 2020, pages 10 - 12. 

Accepted Publications 

  • T. Ablondi, A. Hayes, and L. Wiglesworth. “Results on Neighborhood Prime Labelings of Graph". Accepted to Involve. 
  • E. A. Donovan, B. Kronenthal, J. Rychtar, D. Taylor, L. W. Wiglesworth, W. H. T.Wong. Mentoring Students Virtually in Undergraduate Research." To appear in Future of Undergraduate Research in Mathematical Sciences, edited by M. Dor J. Rychtar, and D. Taylor. 
  • Mathematical Association of America. Final draft submitted August 2022. 

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