balloonlaunchAs a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), SDSU joined a 13-institution national NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) consortium led by Howard University, to train under-represented minority STEM students in the area of atmospheric sciences. The entire consortium award is $15.5 million for a period of five years beginning September 1, 2016.

This is the first time for SDSU to join the NOAA EPP program, since SDSU was named an HSI in 2012. SDSU’s participation in this NOAA EPP is through the Center for Climate and Sustainability Studies (C2S2), an SDSU Area of Excellence, founded in 2013. The SDSU site PI is Sam Shen, Co-Director of C2S2 and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. Geography Assistant Professor Fernando De Sales and Mathematics Associate Professor Bo-Wen Shen are SDSU site Co-PIs. This program will provide training fellowships to the under-represented minority students, graduate or undergraduate, in any major, as long as the students are interested in pursuing the future NOAA employment or similar kind. The training fellows will have chance to conduct research at NOAA facilities. A fellow must be a U.S. citizen and maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA. The details of the program can be found from the award announcement and the program headquarters website at Howard University. The students who are interested in this program can contact Dr. Sam Shen for more information.

Photo: NCAS doctoral candidate Jose Rivas, participated in the annual Earth Science Week at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP).  The activity included launching a weather-balloon for atmospheric observations.