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Jackie Sepulveda

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Contact Information

4052-D Natural History Building
1301 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Research Assistant, Advisor: Dr. Deanna Hence


I am a second-year M.S. student advised by Dr. Deanna Hence. I am researching the orographic effects on precipitation in the Southeast United States with a specific focus on the 1-5 October 2015 Carolina flooding event. 

I graduated with a Bachelor's in Meteorology from Valparaiso University in May 2023. In the summer of 2022, I completed the William M. Lapenta Internship program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). There, I worked within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) with the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) to research the capabilities of an open-sourced data assimilation system. This research was presented as an oral presentation in the 103rd AMS Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, and is what inspired me to continue research and further my education.

Aside from education and research, I am an avid plant lover and a coffee fanatic.  


Valparaiso University

B.S. in Meteorology - May 2023

  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Summa Cum Laude

Awards and Honors

2022 NOAA William M. Lapenta Student Internship Program Recipient

2022 AMS Senior Named Scholarship Recipient - Science Systems & Applications, Inc. 

Recent Publications

Sepulveda J., K. V. Kumar, M. Huang, J. Kim, Evaluating the Capabilities of an Open-Source Data Assimilation System. American Meteorological Society 103rd Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (Presentation, 2023)