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Update: Endowment and Sessions Commemorate Dr. Min Chen

Dr. Min Chen
Dr. Min Chen

In honor of the late Dr. Min Chen, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) along with the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (CMSE) and the College of Natural Science, have established an endowment. Her colleagues have also organized two conference sessions at a forthcoming meeting.

The endowment, named The Min Chen Graduate Award for Computational and Earth Sciences, serves to remember Dr. Chen as a talented computational seismologist, advocate for students and diversity, and valued colleague.  The hope is to continue Dr. Chen’s legacy at MSU through supporting efforts to promote diversity and future trainees in computational and Earth sciences.

Funds from the endowment will support graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in EES or CMSE. Preference will be given to applicants whose enrollment will contribute to MSU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion while enhancing their program’s academic excellence and diversity, and graduate students in the field of seismology, or who use advanced computational methods in their work.

In addition to the endowment, colleagues will offer two sessions at the Fall 2021 American Geophysical Union Conference to pay tribute to Min's research interests and contribution.

S14B - Seismology Contributions: Structural Seismology
S21C - Seismology Contributions: Structural Seismology III - eLightning

According to EES Chair Jeffrey Freymueller, "These AGU sessions and the graduate award fund are strong indicators of the fondness and esteem Min’s colleagues have always felt for her. The AGU sessions will allow her colleagues to remember her in a way I’m sure she would have appreciated: by gathering to learn and debate about the science she loved so much."

"The graduate award fund is a permanent way to remember her and honor her legacy. I hope it will raise enough money to make a long-term positive impact for students in seismology and computational sciences. I’ve made a substantial contribution myself, and I encourage everyone to consider contributing at whatever level is comfortable for them."

Donations to the fund are greatly appreciated.



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Dr. Jeffrey Freymueller
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