UCI Data Science Initiative Awarded $1.25 million from NASA for Minority Research Opportunities

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UCI has been awarded $1.25 million from NASA as part of a new $5 million 5-year award to establish a new center at Cal State LA for STEM education. This new center will collaborate with UCI’s Data Science Initiative and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)’s Center for Data Science and Technology to train undergraduate and masters students in areas such as climate change, hydrology, computational physics, and data science with an emphasis on minority and low-income students.

Professor Padhraic Smyth, UCI Data Science Initiative Director, will be UCI’s PI on the project and will be working five other UCI faculty members from engineering, physical science and computer science to host Cal State LA students for short summer workshops and lab visits. The funding will support a project coordinator and provide some summer support for participating faculty and PhD students.

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Participating Faculty:
Asantha Cooray, Physics and Astronomy
Kuo-lin Hsu, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michael Pritchard, Earth System Science
Padhraic Smyth, Computer Science
Soroosh Sorooshian, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Nalini Ventakasubramanian, Computer Science

Educators:
Sarah Eichhorn, UCI Distance Learning Center
Stefano Stefan, UCI Distance Learning Center