School of Mathematical Sciences

Natalie Behague


Postgraduate Research Student

Room Number: Queens’ Building, Room: W313


Natalie is a combinatorics PhD student working under the supervision of both Robert Johnson and Mark Walters. Her research interests include various problems under the broad umbrella of combinatorics, particularly in graph theory and extremal combinatorics. She has recently worked on topics including saturation for hypergraphs, 1-factorizations of graphs, and synchronising automata.
Before joining Queen Mary, Natalie completed her undergraduate studies (BA with MMath) at the University of Cambridge. She has long held an interest in maths outreach and has been involved in Royal Institution masterclasses and various maths summer schools organised by QMUL or the UKMT.



Public Engagement

Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses (2017, 2018, 2019)

In both 2018 and 2019 I gave a 2.5 hour long masterclass on the topic of Geometry in the 4th Dimension to approximately ninety year 12 students. I also supervised the entire series of six masterclasses hosted at QMUL in 2017, 2018 and 2019, with responsibility for the safety of the students at each class.

UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Summer Schools (2013, 2015, 2017)

Assisted at three National Mathematics Summer Schools and Summer Schools for Girls organised by the UKMT for gifted years 10 and 11 students. This included preparing and running interactive sessions on subjects including modular arithmetic and graph theory.

Year 11 Maths Summer Schools, Queen Mary University of London (2017, 2018)

Prepared a guided 3-day research project on cryptography. Also led an interactive workshop based around the Catalan numbers.

UKMT Mathematical Circles (2016, 2018)

Prepared and led an interactive session based on the Catalan numbers at three maths circles in Cambridge, Birmingham and Canterbury organised by the UKMT for local year 10 school students.

UKMT Mentoring Scheme (2012 - present)

Mentoring 16-18 year old students who are gifted in mathematics, via email correspondence.