Research • Faculty Resources




As the research arm of the LSU Agricultural Center, the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station is a major partner in graduate education and research. Research in the major soil, climate, and agricultural production areas is conducted in campus departments and in research stations located throughout the state. Many Agricultural Experiment Station faculty hold joint teaching and research appointments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, and Basic Sciences, and the School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, the Experiment Station provides a large number of graduate assistantships, and laboratories, equipment, and facilities of the station are made available to graduate students.



The mission of ARCUS is to strengthen and advance arctic research to meet national needs. ARCUS consists of institutions organized and operated for educational, professional, or scientific purposes. An institution is considered eligible for membership in ARCUS if it has made a definitive, substantial, and continuing commitment to a coherent research program or course of studies leading to degrees in one or more of the disciplines associated with arctic research or related fields. These institutions have a common purpose of advancing science, promoting the application of their knowledge to national problems, and attacking in concert those scientific and technological questions that require the collaborative skills and resources of scientists, engineers, and others throughout the nation and world. For more information contact LSU Consortium Representative Dr. H. Jesse Walker at 225-578-6130.


DIRECTOR • Dresser
TELEPHONE • 504-581-4629

The Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES), opened in 1996, is an ambitious and innovative initiative in species conservation. Located in New Orleans, ACRES includes a 36,000 square-foot facility designed to house scientists whose research programs include studies in reproductive physiology, endocrinology, genetics, embryo transfer, and the expansion of a “frozen zoo” to assure the future of endangered species through the banking of genetic materials.

The alliances between LSU and ACRES (joint programming, data pooling, collaborative research, and cooperative funding) enables interdisciplinary field-and-lab teams to conduct far-reaching research programs which range in scope from regional to international.

The knowledge gained through collaborative research between LSU and ACRES will help scientists and conservationists cope with threats to the most seriously endangered species by developing new reproductive technologies and reintroduction techniques necessary to ensure their long-term survival.


TELEPHONE • 985-581-2800

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) was formed in 1979 to coordinate and stimulate Louisiana's activities in marine research and education. LUMCON provides coastal laboratory facilities to Louisiana universities and conducts research and educational programs in the marine sciences.

LUMCON's primary facilities are located at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, approximately 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. This location, situated within the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River delta plain between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers, provides ready access to the most productive estuaries in the U.S., to a variety of coastal environments, and to the open Gulf of Mexico.

LUMCON is governed by a six-member Executive Board comprised of chief executive officers of LSU, Nicholls State University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This board reports to the Louisiana Board of Regents. For more information about LUMCON visit their Web site at



Since 1946, students and faculty of LSU have benefitted from LSU’s membership in the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 85 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)—the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointments and program lengths range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available on the ORAU Web site, or by calling either of the contacts listed below.

ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research, and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary, 865-576-3306; or visit the ORAU home page at



The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a nonprofit, scientific, academic consortium whose mission is to provide leadership in tropical biology by promoting education, research, and the wise use of natural resources in the tropics. Founded in 1963, OTS is now composed of 64 premier universities and institutions throughout the world, including LSU. Graduate students at LSU are eligible to participate in the renowned field courses in tropical biology in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Peru and to apply for tropical research fellowships through OTS. Undergraduate biology majors are eligible for the OTS Semester Abroad, an integrated program of environmental sciences and Latin American culture.

OTS offices are located at Duke University in the USA and in San Jose in Costa Rica. Three field stations in Costa Rica are located in tropical rain forest (La Selva), tropical dry forest (Palo Verde), and tropical montane forest (Las Cruces) environments. La Selva Biological Station, OTS’s flagship facility, is a modern biological research laboratory in the midst of a 3,000-acre lowland rain forest preserve. OTS provides logistical support and offers the use of equipment and field stations for field research in tropical biology. Funds are available through OTS for qualified graduate students to initiate research projects.

Additional information regarding the program and course application forms are available from Dr. Bruce Williamson, Department of Biological Sciences, LSU, 508 Life Sciences Building and at; or from the Organization for Tropical Studies, North American Office, P.O. Box 90630, Durham, North Carolina 27708 and at


OFFICE • 6400 Perkins Road
TELEPHONE • 225-763-2500
FAX • 225-763-2525

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) conducts research in nutrition and preventive medicine. Many of its full-time scientists hold adjunct appointments at various LSU campuses. Similarly, several faculty at LSU A&M, LSU Ag Center, and LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans and at teaching hospitals hold adjunct appointments at the PBRC.

The center has research programs in the areas of cancer, diabetes, epidemiology and disease prevention, genomics and molecular biology, neurobiology, neurodegeneration, nutrient sensing and cell signaling, obesity, physical activity and health, and stem cell and developmental biology. There are 19 core facilities which support over 50 laboratories within the research units of the center.

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