2019 Honorees for Excellence in
Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars, and Artists
Dr. Fengpeng Sun
Dr. Sun has been part of UMKC’s intellectual community since 2016, and he has quickly built a reputation as an outstanding mentor for undergraduate researchers. An assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, Dr. Sun’s research agenda is focused on high-resolution climate modeling, and he is eager to engage the next generation scientists in this critical area of study. He has supported students’ participation in tutorial workshops at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and encouraged them to apply for SEARCH and SUROP grants here at UMKC. Undergraduate researchers working with Dr. Sun have presented their work at Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society and at the Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. His students have also had a local impact, sharing their research at NSF-funded Missouri EPSCoR meetings where they discuss climate change and its impact on the region. Undergraduate researchers working with Dr. Sun credit their success to his “enthusiasm,” and “encouragement,” his “passion” and “patience.” Dr. Sun is truly a role model of mentorship for his colleagues in Geosciences as well as for faculty members across our campus.