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SDSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics Hosts Minority Fellows Sponsored by the NOAA Educational Partnership Program


SDSU statistics undergraduate student Mendi Lopez won a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Minority Summer Fellowship in 2019. Sponsored by the two-month fellowship, she completed a climate data visualization project at the Climate Informatics Lab, supervised by Samuel Shen, SDSU Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. The EPP program also sponsored her to travel to New York and to make a presentation with other EPP fellows from the nationwide. Mendi used R, Panoply, and ParaView to visualize a big dataset from a NOAA 3D ocean model, presented a poster, and made a ParaView tutorial for the computer visualization of 3D data.

The Climate Informatics Lab had hosted the following NOAA EPP fellows in the past:

  • Louise Selstad, undergraduate student in applied mathematics, completed a set of Python codes for climate mathematics (2018).
  • Tyler Tucker, MS graduate student in applied mathematics, worked on snow cover and ocean data visualization, and created (2017).
  • Bryan Hayes, undergraduate student in applied mathematics, developed a global climate watch board using R and R Shiny (2017).
  • Milagros Esmerode, undergraduate student in biology, developed stories told by climate data using 4DVD and R (2017).

In the summer of 2020, the Climate Informatics Lab continues to host the EPP fellows of the under-represented minority students for research on climate data analysis, visualization, and modeling. Students of any STEMP major may apply for the EPP fellowship if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Under-represented minority,
  2. U.S. citizenship,
  3. GPA greater than 3.0,
  4. being a sophomore at SDSU or being a transfer student from a community college to SDSU in Fall 2020, and
  5. skills of computer programming.

Interested applicants may contact Professor Sam Shen ([email protected]) for further information, and visit