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Contact Information

Academic School

School of Computer Science and Mathematics


Hancock 3038





Dr. Tracey McGrail

Associate Professor of Mathematics


Professor McGrail was born and raised in Maine.She was a double major in Mathematics and English at Saint Joseph’s College, in Standish, Maine.She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut. In her personal life, Professor McGrail enjoys gardening, house renovations, and spending time with her husband and son.


BA, Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine
PhD, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

Research Interests/Areas of Focus

Professor McGrail's Ph.D. research was in a branch of mathematical logic called Model Theory. In particular, she studied the theory of differential fields with finitely many commuting derivations. She is currently interested in developing materials for Discrete Mathematics.

Selected Publications

McGrail, T. and R. McGrail. Sorting the Sortable from the Unsortable. Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference, May 2006

McGrail, R. and T. McGrail. A Grading Dilemma or the Abyss between Sorting it and the Knapsack Problem. Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Northeastern Conference of the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges, April 2004

Doty, L., P. Krog, T. McGrail. Probability and Chip Firing Games. DIMACS Educational Module 04-1, 2004

Selected Presentations

“Putting the Logs to the Fire,” AMS Joint Meetings, San Diego, California, January 2018

Big O Captain, My Captain,” AMS Joint Meetings, Seattle, Washington, January 2016.

“The Challenges of Designing a Mathematics Course for Liberal Arts in a Former Soviet Republic,” Mathfest 2013, Hartford, Connecticut, August 2013.