Section: Teaching Assistant Fellows
Sandy Lopez

Sandy Lopez

Sandy Lopez is a PhD student in the department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. His primary research interests are phase II and phase III clinical trials research in Ewing Sarcoma in children and adolescents. Mr. Lopez received a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Computer Science from Chapman University and a MA in Applied Mathematics from Cal State University Fullerton.

In the last 4 years, Sandy has been a TA for many of the principle courses offered in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and has sought to improve the overall student experience for students in the division. To this aim his efforts include founding the Graduate Society for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, a student run and university recognized organization whose purpose is to enhance students’ learning experience by providing instructional workshops on research methodology, promoting student led research endeavors, and giving hungry graduate students free food.

Off campus Sandy is an advocate for higher education. He has been involved with the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project for 5 years and has served as a mentor to high school aged students from all throughout the state of California. For this organization he also coordinates a Parent Institute that allows parents to be part of group discussions and panels about how best to support their child and how to finance college. Sandy also has been involved with the Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies, a 501-c(3) non-profit organization in Santa Ana that aims to bridge the gap between the theoretical understanding of math and science to their applications in research and industry. He served as program director for 4 years and has been an advanced math teacher for the last 5 years since his acceptance to USC. When he is not running around from campus to off campus activities, he is running to train for half marathons and marathons. Sandy completed 2 marathons during 2013!