John Monteverdi

Monteverdi Fellow Theresa Fritz-Endres stands on a mountain with a grand vista behind her

Monteverdi Fellow Theresa Fritz-Endres

Dr. John Monteverdi has taught in the College of Science & Engineering at San Francisco State since 1979.  Enjoying an extremely distinguished career, he served as Chair of the Geosciences Department and was elected as a Fellow to the prestigious California Academy of Sciences.  Now, Dr. Monteverdi has generously established the John A. and Anna Monteverdi Fellowship in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences.

“Professor Monteverdi has been dedicated to helping students and the public understand weather and, in particular, severe weather phenomena throughout his career,” says Keith J. Bowman, Dean of the College of Science & Engineering.  “Through his experiences at SF State he also understands the importance of financial support for students. The John A. and Anna Monteverdi Fellowship makes a major impact on the lives of our most talented scholars.”

The Monteverdi Fellowship is designed to provide significant support to graduate students specializing in atmospheric science, oceanography, or climate science who demonstrate outstanding academic merit and financial need.  Professor Monteverdi, upon his partial retirement from the Department of Earth & Climate Sciences in 2015, established the fellowship in memory of his parents, John and Anna Monteverdi.  The fund is drawn from their estate and captures the spirit of their generosity in supporting their son’s educational quest in meteorology.

Jason Poague, the first recipient of the Fellowship, says, "I am honored to be a recipient of the John A. and Anna Monteverdi Fellowship in Atmospheric and Climate Science.  The decision to follow my passion in climate science, while supporting my family, has been a real challenge.  The generous support I have received has helped alleviate some of the financial burden and allowed me to focus on achieving my educational and professional goals."