Molly Lynch

Molly Lynch

Assistant Professor and Chair

Molly Lynch Molly Lynch

Molly received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2014. She also attended North Carolina State University where she received her master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics.

She loves living in Roanoke and exploring trails and greenways with her dog Mookie! Her favorite sports teams are the North Carolina Courage and the Carolina Hurricanes.


Areas of Expertise

  • Combinatorics, particularly connections between combinatorics and representation theory, topological combinatorics.

Courses Taught

  • MATH 105: QR in Today’s World
  • MATH 130: Mathematical Modeling with Precalculus
  • MATH 241: Calculus I
  • MATH 242: Calculus II
  • MATH 255: Matrices and Linear Algebra
  • MATH 343: Combinatorics
  • MATH 361: Complex Variables
  • MATH 362: Real Analysis
  • MATH 471: Senior Seminar I
  • MATH 472: Senior Seminar II


  • Co-PI, Artemis Scholarship Program for Women in STEM
  • MAA MD-DC-VA Section Newsletter editor
  • Recipient of Provost Doctoral
  • Recruitment Fellowship at NC State
  • Gertrude McBrien Prize in Mathematics from College of the Holy Cross

Research Interests

  • My research interests are in combinatorics. My main focus of research is on the combinatorics of crystal graphs. These are certain graphs that arise in representation theory that have a beautiful combinatorial description.
  • Recently, I have also been interested in study the permutation pattern posets, especially questions regarding shellability of certain intervals.


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross

    Publications & Articles

    • Relations in doubly laced crystal graphs via discrete Morse theory, Journal of Combinatorics, Vol. 12, No 1 (2021), pp. 117-155.
    • Approximating mathematical constants using Minecraft (with M. Weselcouch), to appear in Mathematics Magazine.