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Coming to UC was a No-Brainer, Math Student Says

With financial assistance and the promise of two degrees in five years, Langston Joiner is happy to call UC home.

Date: 12/22/2010
By: Kim Burdett
Phone: (513) 556-8577
According to Langston Joiner, his life revolves around math—either teaching it to others or learning it himself.
“When my classmates find out I’m a math major, that’s it,” he says with a laugh.

Mathematical sciences student Langston Joiner.
Mathematical sciences student Langston Joiner

He has been tutoring other students since the eighth grade, and enjoyed his high school statistics course so much he thought it would be a viable career choice. It is no surprise then that Joiner enrolled in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.

“When I was younger I had a speech disorder, but math always made sense to me,” Joiner says. “Knowing I’m good at math, it just seemed right that I try to make a career out of it.”

Originally from Walnut Hills, he wasn’t sure he wanted to stay local for college, but with the help of his AP credits and several scholarships from UC (Cincinnati Pride Grant, SMART Grant and Pell Grants) that would fully cover his tuition, he reconsidered.

Math Department Head Shuang Zhang presented Joiner with the Trjitzinsky Scholarship.
Math Department Head Shuang Zhang presented Joiner with the Trjitzinsky Scholarship.

“When I looked at UC and saw what they had to offer with their strong math and science programs, it became a no-brainer.”

Joiner earned sophomore-standing when he arrived on UC’s campus last fall. Now a junior, he is working toward a BA in math and an MS in statistics, a 4+1 program that will allow him both a bachelor’s and master’s in five years.

“Doing a combined bachelor’s and master’s is just a good idea for me. I’m already taking graduate-level classes in undergrad, and it will ultimately give me a stronger background in math,” he says.

His ultimate goal is to be an actuary but for now he is just making the most of his college experience.

And in doing so, he’s made quite the impression on the department. Joiner made the dean’s list this year and was recently awarded the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund, a $3,000 scholarship given by the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

“Langston has good mathematical insight, learns quickly and is fun to work with,” says Professor Scott Dumas, who has taught two courses to Joiner. “Langston has the talent to go in any of several directions in mathematics, so it will be interesting to see what he does. I’m confident he’ll go far in whatever area or areas he chooses to study.”

For a list of other 4+1 programs offered by the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, visit our website.

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