Where are you from?
I am from Belzoni, Mississippi. It is the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Also, known as the Catfish capital of the world.
Please describe an experience (or 2) that helped you discover/ cultivate your interest in the mathematical sciences.
When I was sixteen, I got the opportunity to attend a math summer camp at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and that experience changed my life. It was not until I enrolled in college and began taking math courses that I learned that this is what I really wanted to pursue as a career.
What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your career in the mathematical sciences?
I am able to be the teacher I always wanted.
What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your personal life?
I know who I am.
Please share some words of wisdom/inspiration.
Understanding my purpose has been one of the most adventurous tasks I have been given. Life is fair. I would have to admit to myself that I am like no other person I have ever encountered. My joy and happiness will light up a room. I am driven by love, truth, and understanding. I try my hardest to be aware of others and their feelings, and at the same time, I stand firm in what I believe.
Through God, everything is possible.
The strength within can be found in all of us.
We have to believe that we are good enough.
Love always wins.
Chartese Jones, PhD