i am sam!

I'm a PhD student at UC San Diego advised by Philip Guo. My research mission is to improve the way we teach programming and statistics by designing creative tools for instructors.



Site last updated: Mar 2020


Experiment Reconstruction Reduces Fixation on Surface Details of Explanations


Sam Lau, Tricia Ngoon, Vineet Pandey, Scott Klemmer


Poster in ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C)



Asking people to mentally recreate an experiment briefly reduces the allure of scientific terminology.



Create interactive data science content with a single command.

Scalable JupyterHub Deployment

Redesign of the computing architecture used in UC Berkeley's Data 8 course; now a Jupyter-endorsed standard.


I'm TA'ing for COGS 108 Wi20. My sections are Wed 12pm and 1pm; my office hours are Thu 11am. See you in class! – Jan 2, 2020
100% (26/26) of my students in COGS 108 Fa19 recommended me as a TA! Thanks for your support :) – Dec 20, 2019