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Christina Eubanks Turner

Christina Eubanks Turner

Christina Eubanks Turner

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Loyola Marymount University

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I received my B.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana in mathematics. I earned both my M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2008) in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Please describe an experience (or 2) that helped you discover/ cultivate your interest in the mathematical sciences.

When I was in grade school my teacher would give me logic puzzles once I finished work to keep me busy and stop me from chatting with others around me. I really enjoyed working those puzzles and was able to solve them quickly. Although I did not recognize them as mathematical then, I now know those experiences help cultivate my love for theoretical math.

What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your career in the mathematical sciences?

One of my proudest accomplishments is being one of the first two African- Americans to graduate with a doctoral degree in mathematics from my graduate institution. Another is being one of the first two African-Americans to receive tenure in the College of Science and Engineering at my current institution.

What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your personal life?

My proudest accomplishments are in raising my two beautiful daughters and staying committed to my loving husband.

Please share some words of wisdom/inspiration.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”-Maya Angelou