Lia Leon Margolin

Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Associate Professor

Dr. Lia  Margolin received her Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She was a Senior Research Scientist in the Nuclear Physics Department of the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. Dr. Margolin was awarded a J. Soros International Science Foundation grant for her original research in physics of light hypernuclei and a Diplomate in Mathematical Physics for her original work as a research fellow at the Institute of Cybernetics of Georgian Technical University. She is also a recipient of the Career Education Corporation’s Educator of the Year Award and two University of Phoenix distinguished teaching awards. Dr.Margolin joined Marymount Manhattan in 2006. She developed two (blended and online) Natural Science courses for the Advanced Interdisciplinary Perspectives (AIP) requirement of the general education curriculum. She was awarded MMC Online and Blended Course Development Grants and two Mellon Foundation grants to enhance her Advanced Interdisciplinary courses and support her research in Mathematics pedagogy. She was selected by STEM Talent Expansion Program Center as an external expert to review the Modeling Earth Systems curricula materials developed for the InTeGrate Project funded by NSF. In 2019 Dr.Margolin was invited by the International Research Conference Scientific and Technical Committee to serve on Editorial Review Board on Nuclear and Quantum Engineering. Dr.Margolin also serves as an University Research Methodologist at the University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies. She conducts dissertation quality reviews, mentors doctoral students,  and facilitates online doctoral dissertation seminars. Dr.Margolin has ongoing research collaborations with the Institute of Cybernetics and Institute of Physics in Tbilisi, Georgia.  She invites undergraduate students to participate in her research.  


Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Associate Professor







M.S.& B.S. in Physics. Diploma with Honors. Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics, Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Recent Work


Margolin L.L. (2020) Journal of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (in press)

Margolin L.L. (2020). AIP Conference Proceedings 2249, 030017

Margolin L.L. (2017) Proc. of AMS Spring 2017 Conf. New York NY

Margolin L.L. (2014) Proc. of Hawaii Univ. Int.Conf. on Education &STEM  

Margolin L. (2014) European Physics Journal 66  doi:10.1051/epjconf/20146609013

Tsiklauri Sh., Margolin L. (2014). EPJ Web of Conferences Vol.66, 09021

Margolin, L  (2012) Journal of Physics 343, 01207  doi:10.1088/1742-6596/343/1/012071.

Margolin, L., Sampoli B,, Tarasenko A. (2012)  Proc.of Hawaii Int.Conf.  .Honolulu, HI.

Kezerashvili R., Margolin L.,Tsiklauri Sh. Few-Body Physics. 44 (2008)

B. Kilosanidze. G.Kakauridze, L.Margolin. I.Kobulashvili. Applied Optics. 46 (2007)

Margolin L. Tsiklauri Sh.arXiv:0710.3143 [math-ph]. (2007)

Margolin L.Tsiklauri Sh. arXiv:nucl-th/0608001 (2006)


Presentations & Invited Talks

Constructing Fully Anti-Symmetric Four-Body Wave Functions Including Spin, Isospin, and Hyperspherical Parts.”Sixth International Conference in Physics (Europhysics 2020), Barcelona, Spain, June 15-16, 2020 (Webinar)

 “Constructing Wave Functions for Few-Body Systems in a Hyperspherical Basis Using Parentage   Scheme of Symmetrization,”  The 15th International Conference on Meson-Nucleon Physics and the Structure of the Nucleon (MENU 2019), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. June 2-7, 2019

“Developing, Implementing, and Assessing Methods for Engaging Students in Online and Blended Undergraduate Mathematics Classes” SENCER 2019 Mid Atlantic Conference on STEM, Humanities and Social Justice, April 5. 2019 New York NY

 “Model Independent Approaches for the Description of Quantum Systems.” AMS 2017 Spring Conference in Hunter College, New York, NY May 6-7, 2017

 “Remote Sensing.” MMC Faculty Research Presentations, December 9, 2015

 “Quantum Entanglement.” Mathematics Speaker Series at MMC. November 4, 2015

“Increasing Student Motivation and Performance through Inquiry Based Learning  with STELLA    Systems Thinking and Simulation Software.” Hawaii University International Conference on  Education &STEM. June 16-18. 2014. Honolulu, HI 

“Thinking about Numbers”. MMC C-TIE Pedagogy Luncheon, May 14, 2014


Grants & Awards

2017  Online and Blended Course development Grant, MMC

2015  Senior Faculty Fellowship Leave, MMC

2015   Online and Blended Course Development Grant, MMC

2014:  Mellon Foundation Grant to enhance AIP pedagogy, MMC

2013:  Mellon Foundation Grant to enhance AIP pedagogy, MMC

2011:  Ferraro Grant for the AIP course Development, MMC

2011   SENCER grant for the course development

2010:  Badgeley Award for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research, MMC

2010:  Tenure & Promotion Award, MMC 

2009:  Junior Faculty Fellowship Leave, MMC

2008:  Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Phoenix.

2007:  Faculty Service Learning Fellowship, MMC

2007:  Diplomate in Mathematical Physics for original research  

           Institute of  Cybernetics, Academy of  Sciences of Georgia

2006:  Research Fellowship, Institute of Cybernetics, Georgia           

2005:  Educator of the Year $5000 cash award,

           Career Education Corporation, Chicago, IL

2004:  Educator of the Year, Katharine Gibbs College, New York, NY

2000:  Georgia-USA Bilateral Research Grant, GRDF

 1999:  Teaching Excellence Award, International Association

           of Georgian Teachers/Professors “UNESCO”

1997:  J. Soros International Science Foundation (ISF) Grant  for original  research in Theoretical Nuclear Physics       


  Dr. Margolin’s current research interests are in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Theoretical Nuclear Physics, and Quantum Nanophysics. She has ongoing collaboration as a Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Holographic Recording and Processing of Information of The Institute of Cybernetics in Georgia. She presented her current research at  the at the 6-th International Conference in Physics (EuroPhysics2020) and International Conference on Meson-Nucleon Physics and the Structure of the Nucleon (MENU 2019) held at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in June, 2019. She is also invited to present at ICNP2020 International Conference in Nuclear Physics that will be held in December, 2020 in New York, NY. She presented her recent at the AMS Spring 2017 Conference in New York, the International Nuclear Physics Conference in Florence, Italy in June, 2013 and at Hawaii University International Conference on Education &STEM in June, 2014. Dr. Margolin led student-faculty collaborative research project in mathematics education and presented at Hawaii University International Conference in Mathematics and Engineering Technologies several times. She continuous her research in mathematics education and investigates strategies for increasing student motivation and success in mathematics.


Quantitative Reasoning

Mathematics of the Physical World

College Algebra

Intermediate Algebra (online)


Calculus I

Calculus II

Modeling Dynamics of Life (blended)

Mathematics Without Boundaries (online)

Professional Experience

College Service

Chair, Department of Mathematics

Member, General Education Committee

Member, Learning Assessment Committee

Coordinator, Quantitative Reasoning Program Assessment


Other Professional Activities

Editorial Review Board Member, International Research Conference Scientific and Technical Committee on Nuclear and Quantum Engineering.

Judge, Mathematics and Science Projects, Intel International & NYAS Science & Engineering Fair

Proposal reviewer, STEM Talent Expansion Program Center  InTeGrate project on Modeling Earth Systems

University Research Methodologist & Dissertation Committee Chair,  College of Doctoral Studies, University of Phoenix

 Member,  Center for Educational and Instructional  Technology Research at School of Advanced Studies




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