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LSU Names 2010 Distinguished Research Masters and Dissertation Awards

Most of us have had the experience of going above and beyond in our careers with no recognition beyond being left to ponder that infamous quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The reward of a thing well done is having done it." Thankfully, LSU works hard to ensure that the best, brightest and most deserving faculty receive acknowledgement whenever possible.

One of the most prestigious award programs offered through the university is the Office of Research & Economic Development’s Distinguished Research Master Awards. Once a year, LSU honors two deserving faculty – one from the arts and the other from sciences – and two graduate students for their hard work and success throughout the previous year.  

Recently, Kevin Cope and Robin McCarley were honored with the title of Distinguished Research Masters. Richmond Eustis and Adam Lodygowski were also recognized as recipients of the annual Josephine A. Roberts Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, and the LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award in Science, Engineering & Technology, respectively.


Distinguished Research Master Recipients

English Professor and Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope was recently honored with an LSU Distinguished Research Master Award.
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Cope, a professor of English, received a bachelor’s with honors in English literature and philosophy from Pitzer College, and a master’s and Ph.D. in English and American literature and language from Harvard University. An author of books including “Criteria of Certainty,” a study of the art and rhetoric of philosophical explanation during eighteenth century Britain, and more recently, “In and After the Beginning,” which examines the uniquely modern concern for beginnings of all types, Cope is a widely renowned scholar of  eighteenth century literature and intellectual history.

Currently president of the LSU Faculty Senate, Cope founded and continues to edit the journal 1650-1850, now in its eighteenth year of publication as a widely-read outlet for interdisciplinary studies.  He also serves as the general editor of ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography, which is considered the premiere interdisciplinary review and bibliographical journal for all aspects of Enlightenment studies. He came to LSU in 1983 and has maintained an extremely active research, publication and service record, having produced more than 100 articles and reviews and directing or organizing nearly a dozen academic conferences, among many other impressive accomplishments.

Robin McCarley, the Barbara Womack LSU Alumni Association Professor of Chemistry, was also recognized as an LSU Distinguished Research Master.
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McCarley, Barbara Womack LSU Alumni Association Professor of Chemistry, holds a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.  McCarley has been a major influence in the subdisclipline of chemistry focusing on interfaces and their chemical nature and reactivity.

McCarley’s highlight cited publications in scholarly journals span a large breadth of scientific expertise, highlighting his focus on interdisciplinary research. He has attracted more than $20 million in research and education grants since his arrival on LSU’s faculty in 1992. With 27 former Ph.D. students and 22 undergraduates who have served as an integral part of his lab’s work, the McCarley Laboratory at LSU boasts more than 100 publications resulting from student research activities alone. Five of those articles have been cited more than 100 times by others working in the field. He is currently leader of the training core for LSU’s Superfund Research Program, which is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

The LSU Council on Research has proudly presented the Distinguished Research Master awards since 1972 in recognition of outstanding faculty accomplishments in research and scholarship. The council chooses recipients from a list of worthy nominees proposed each December by the university community. Nominations are made in the categories of engineering, science and technology; and the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The Distinguished Research Master Award provides winners a salary stipend and the University Medal – the symbol of exceptional academic accomplishment at LSU.

Distinguished Dissertation Award Recipients



Eustis earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Hispanic language and literature from Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts, where he was a Trustee Scholar. He also holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from LSU in 2010.

Having served as a reporter in the field for more than a decade, Eustis covered federal courts, city and state government and crime beats.  He is a wilderness first responder and seasonal backcountry guide, with expeditions including sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands an backpacking in Costa Rica and the Northern Rockies. Interested in ecology and literature, oracle and alchemy, Spain, Italy and Louisiana, Eustis also still works occasionally as a translator and journalist.

In fall 2011, he will begin an appointment at Nicholls State University as an assistant professor of English, Spanish and comparative literature.



Lodygowski, a native of Poland, attended Poznan University of Technology and the University of Hanover, Germany. After defending his thesis, Lodygowski trained for the Poland National Team in Rowing, and successfully competed in the biggest rowing event in the world since 2000. He received a Ph.D. in civil engineering and a master’s degree in mathematics from LSU in May 2010.

At LSU, Lodygowski has studied under Boyd Professor George Voyiadjis, then joined the department of mathematics to pursue a master’s degree in that field, with a concentration in finance. He has nearly 10 publications in several prestigious journals and conference proceedings in the field of tribology, structural engineering and engineering mechanics.  He is also co-author of a report submitted to the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Apart from his scientific achievements, Lodygowski remains an active athlete, completing the 2009 Florida Ironman and competing in the 2010 Polish Rowing Championships. After graduating from LSU, he returned to Poland, joining the faculty at his alma mater, Poznan University of Technology, and recently moved to London to work at UniCredit Bank’s research team, focusing on their pricing derivatives and complex financial products. He is currently training with a new team in London, preparing for the Royal Henley Regatta, one of the world’s biggest regatta competitions.

The LSU Alumni Association and the Graduate School sponsor the Distinguished Dissertation Awards, presented annually since 1983. The awards, also representing two categories, are given to doctoral students whose research and writing demonstrate superior scholarship. Graduates at any of the three commencements in a calendar year are eligible for nomination. A committee of the graduate faculty selects the winning dissertations. Award recipients receive a monetary gift and a certificate of commendation.