Monica F. Cox
Where are you from?
Please describe an experience (or 2) that helped you discover/ cultivate your interest in the mathematical sciences.
I took computer science classes at a community college when I was a child in the early 1980s. Seeing the translation of mathematics concepts to desktop computers sparked my initial interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your career in the mathematical sciences?
Obtaining my undergraduate mathematics degree from Spelman College was a proud moment given the fact that I attended a high school where no Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes were offered. As an undergraduate, I studied diligently to learn mathematics concept in college, and I graduated with honors. Perseverance was a key theme for me, and my Spelman experience laid the foundation for future mastery of disciplinary concepts.
What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your personal life?
There are so many to choose from! I love being married to my husband, Ishbah Cox, for 16 years. I also have enjoyed producing doctoral graduates that have gone on to be professors and professionals across the world. I include engagement with my students as personal because, at the end of their experiences, we were like family.
Please share some words of wisdom/inspiration.
Never give up. Surround yourself with good people. Don’t limit your vision to what you can see with your eyes.