2018 Fellows: Kimberly Orr & Nabarun Pal

NumFOCUS and Matplotlib are pleased to announce the selection of Kimberly Orr and Nabarun Pal as the 2018 John Hunter Matplotlib Summer Fellows.


About the Fellowship

The John Hunter Matplotlib Summer Fellowship, named in memory of Matplotlib creator John Hunter, sponsors one to two students to work full-time for 3 months on Matplotlib during the summer (in the northern hemisphere), supervised and mentored by a senior contributor from the project. The fellowship is designed to help prepare recipients to become active contributors and core maintainers of Matplotlib.

Kimberly Orr


About Kimberly

Kimberly grew up in Cedar Park, Texas, where she initially discovered her love of programming in her high school computer science classes. She has just completed her junior year as a computer science and statistics double major at Valparaiso University. Kimberly is actively involved in Valpo’s student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), where she enjoys promoting women’s involvement in the field and sharing her passions for software engineering and data science.

When not doing schoolwork or working as a Teaching Assistant for introductory CS classes, Kimberly enjoys playing oboe in the university’s symphony orchestra and playing handbells in the university’s handbell choir. After college, she hopes to pursue a career in software engineering and/or data science.


Excerpt from Kimberly’s Application

As a research intern at the University of Notre Dame last summer, I did research in network science to develop a method to compare complex networks. As a part of this internship, I became familiar with Matplotlib and ggplot as I created charts to visualize the results of the method that I developed. In my statistics colloquium, each year, we discuss and debate what goes into making good visualizations in a variety of settings. This class sparked my passion for data visualization and, in my spare time, I now enjoy reading articles and blog posts about different types of visualizations, visualization grammars, and the various software tools that are available. In my software development and design course, I became very familiar with GitHub and the Bokeh plotting library as I led a team through an intensive semester-long project to build a web application to perform data visualization and analysis on data uploaded by users. In this project, I helped teach team members how to use GitHub and I became my team’s expert on the Bokeh and Pandas libraries.


Nabarun Pal


About Nabarun

Nabarun Pal is a final year undergraduate student at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He hails from Agartala, the capital of Tripura in Northeast India. He is enthusiastic about open source softwar