Initiatives in Research
Innovating the ways in which we live, learn, and see the world
Introducing the New Multidisciplinary Hiring Initiatives
LSU moves to the forefront of international trends in cooperative and cross-disciplinary research with the establishment of the Multidisciplinary Hiring Initiatives, or MHI. This high-profile program supports exciting research led by teams of faculty from multiple academic departments. LSU invests heavily in these promising intersections of emerging scholarship, bringing multiple departments and diverse faculty to bear on intriguing, complex questions. Established MHIs operate as independent research ventures, attracting investment in the form of grants and awards, and building a workforce of leading faculty, postdoctoral and research associates, graduate and undergraduate students.
For more information on the MHI program see http://www.mhi.lsu.edu
Providing hands-on experience to achieve real-world results
- The Chancellor's Future Leaders in Research supports the extraordinary efforts of more than 40 undergraduate students who are also Chancellor's Alumni Scholars, Top 100 Scholars, or National Merit awardees.
- The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Undergraduate Summer Research Program at LSU allows students pursuing a degree in the life sciences to do vital research while getting credit hours at such centers as the LSU Museum of Natural Science and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Building upon program strengths to meet community and state needs
LSU has identified 11 programs as Foundations
of Excellence — biological sciences, chemistry, civil & environmental engineering, English, french studies, history, mass communication, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, and physics and astronomy. Targeted for enhanced resource allocations, these programs have been selected because each has sufficient strength to advance to levels that will command national and international attention, heightening LSU's reputation as a rising public research university.
Attracting top-notch scholarship and research
LSU will continue to bring world-renowned scholars to speak at LSU through lecture programs such as:
LSU will also build on its success in obtaining awards from federal agencies. The National Science Foundation, for example, increased its funding by 58% percent last year, an impressive acknowledgment of LSU's significant contributions to research. Department of Justice funding improved by 59% in same time frame.
We will also continue our efforts to obtain funding for endowed professorships and departmental chairs. Nearly 40 endowed chairs and more than 300 professorships have been established.