USD mathematics professor awarded Fulbright Scholarship to teach, conduct research in Chile

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Jose Flores, a professor of mathematics at The University of South Dakota, is teaching graduate students in mathematical ecology at the Institute of Mathematics at Pontificia Universidad de Valparaiso in Chile as a result of a Fulbright Scholar grant. The project includes course instruction along with an opportunity to work on mathematical ecology research with Chilean collaborators.

Flores, Ph.D., is teaching a course on computational mathematics which consists of teaching numerical methods to simulate mathematical models using software such as Maple, Matlab and XppAut. Following the four-week course, Flores will instruct a two-week workshop oriented toward faculties on more advanced material in computational mathematics. Additionally, Flores will serve as a panelist for potential Fulbright Scholarship recipients looking to study in the U.S.

"I was invited by the Fulbright executive director in Santiago to serve as a panelist in the selection of Chilean students who are applying for Fulbright scholarships to pursue Ph.D. studies in the United States," explained Flores, who returns to USD on Sept. 1.

During his time in Chile, Flores will also oversee research on mathematical ecology with collaborators from the University of Chile’s Department of Ecology. Flores, who received his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, has been working on mathematical models derived from ecological problems, specifically predator-prey types of models. More information about Flores and his research is available at A photo of Flores is also available for download at

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has exchanged approximately 273,500 people – 102,900 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 170,600 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States. The Program operates in more than 150 countries worldwide.