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Recent Achievements

  • In the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, LSU is ranked in the first tier for “Best National Universities."

  • Six LSU students have received the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, awarded by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, since 2003:
  • LSU was named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The selection recognizes LSU's commitment to service and civic engagement. This marks the second time LSU has been selected to the honor roll, after also being named to the inaugural list in 2006.

  • The E. J. Ourso College of Business was ranked in the Top 50 of the internationally known “Top Business Schools” in 2009 by Eduniversal and was recognized during the inaugural Eduniversal World Convention, held in November 2008. Eduniversal first placed the E. J. Ourso College of Business in its top 1,000 business schools worldwide ranking in October 2007.

  • In 2010, seven students with ties to LSU were awarded Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowships from the National Science Foundation, which are among the most prestigious awards available for graduate study. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the United States and abroad. The list includes:
      • Jessica Brinson, a December 2009 LSU Honors College graduate in physics who plans to attend Ohio State University to pursue a Ph.D. in high energy experimental physics;
      • Julie Doucet, an May 1994 anthropology graduate who is attending LSU for master’s and Ph.D. degrees;
      • Robert Egnatchik, a May 2009 LSU Honors College graduate in biological engineering who is attending graduate school at Vanderbilt University;
      • Jeffrey Kornuta, a May 2008 LSU Honors College graduate in mechanical engineering who is attending graduate school at Georgia Tech;
      • Arrielle Opotowsky, a December 2009 LSU Honors College graduate in physics who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the materials science program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison;
      • Alan Williams, a May 2007 biological sciences graduate who currently attends graduate school at Yale University; and
      • Katrina Battle, who received her undergraduate degree from Jackson State University and is attending LSU for her post-graduate studies.

  • In 2009, the LSU Robert S. Reich School of Landscape Architecture was ranked among the top five schools in the nation by DesignIntelligence, the leading journal of the design professions. It marks the fifth consecutive year LSU ranks among the top five. According to the results of the 2009 survey, LSU has the number two-ranked landscape architecture school in the United States.

  • LSU graduate student Lauren DeFrank was selected as a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow, a prestigious and highly competitive program administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Selection into the program qualifies her for a two-year internship with federal government agencies, and an inside track to some of the top federal jobs in the nation.

  • Gabriela Gonzalez was selected to participate in a National Academy of Sciences panel called “Astro 2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey.” Astro 2010 will survey the field of space- and ground-based astronomy and astrophysics, recommending priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities of the decade 2010-2020. Gonzalez will serve on the Program Prioritization Panel for programs in the Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation section.

  • LSU graduate Yves Damoiseau received the highest student score on the international Certified Internal Auditor Exam, which was administered in November 2008. Damoiseau is the 17th LSU student to achieve the highest score internationally on this exam.

  • Virginia Grenier, executive director of the International Hospitality Foundation at LSU, was honored by the National Association of International Educators with the 2009 Hugh M. Jenkins Award for excellence in community programming.

  • In May 2009, Kyle Whitfield and Amy Brittain were ranked among the top 100 student journalists in the nation according to UWIRE, a free membership organization for college student media. The UWIRE 100 were selected from more than 825 nominations – representing students from more than 135 schools – submitted by professionals, students and educators.

  • In April 2009, Tommy Stryjewski was selected as a winner of the nationally competitive Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Stryjewski graduated from LSU’s Honors College as a biological sciences major in 2008 and is currently attending Harvard Medical School. Each year, there are 30 Soros Fellows selected from several hundred applicants. Stryjewski is the first LSU student to be named as a Soros Fellow.

  • A team of 13 LSU researchers and students, led by faculty at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, conducted a black hole simulation presentation and demonstration that won first prize at the SCALE 2009 challenge at CCGrid09, a premier conference for cluster and Grid computing. The SCALE 2009 competition, which took place in Shanghai, China, involved researchers demonstrating real-world problem solving using scalable computing, in which scientists use computer systems that can easily adapt, or scale up, to provide greater performance and computing power and give them greater capability to solve complex problems.

  • Mark Batzer has been named editor-in-chief of “Gene: An International Journal of Functional and Evolutionary Genomics,” one of the most prestigious and widely respected scientific journals in the field of genetic research.

  • Elizabeth Derryberry, post-doctoral researcher at the LSU Museum of Natural Science, has found a link between alterations in bird songs and the rapid change in the surrounding habitat. Her research will be featured in the July 2009 issue of the American Naturalist. Using aerial photographs to map the vegetation and habitat changes that took place between 1970 and 2005, Derryberry was able to determine that in places where plant growth had increased, bird songs were slowing down.

  • The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business' Department of Finance has demonstrated that its curriculum meets the requirements to be a CFA Institute Program Partner. CFA Institute is the global association for investment professionals. It administers the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry.

  • Naci Mocan won Economic Inquiry’s 2008 Best Article Award for his paper “What Determines Corruption? International Evidence from Microdata.” The article was published in the October 2008 issue of the journal. The paper uses individual-level data from 49 countries to create a direct measure of corruption, which is a country-level corruption index based on the proportion of individuals in a country who were asked for a bribe in a year.

  • Three LSU researchers - Mark Batzer, Brent Christner and Ken Schafer - were included in Discover Magazine’s Top 100 Research Stories of 2008.
  • Three LSU researchers - Jim Matthews, John Wefel and T. Gregory Guzik - were included in the American Institute of Physics’ Top 10 Stories of 2008. The three LSU professors were included for their work with cosmic rays.

  • Robert Carney, professor of oceanography, is leading a team of scientists from the United States and France through the final stages of a project that, when complete, will yield the most comprehensive details ever of the flora and fauna of the continental slopes. Carney and his research partners at LSU are in charge of studying the continental slopes in a project titled COMARGE, or Continental Margin Ecosystems. This is just part of the international effort called “Census of Marine Life.” In December 2007, Discover Magazine called the “Census of Marine
    ” one of the six most important experiments in the world.

  • Isiah Warner, LSU vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, received the 2008 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Spectrochemical Analysis.

  • Since December 2008, five LSU researchers have been awarded the distinction of Fellow in prestigious national societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.
  • Human Ecology Professor Loren Marks, along with two colleagues, published one of the first – if not only – positive studies hallmarking positive, long-lasting African-American marriages. The study, “Together, We Are Strong: A Qualitative Study of Happy, Enduring African American Marriages,” was published in “Family Relations” in April 2008.

  • President George W. Bush honored LSU faculty member Randy Raggio in April 2008 with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his volunteer work with the Desire Street Academy.

  • LSU faculty member Ursula Emery-McClure of the School of Architecture received the prestigious Rome Prize in architecture from the American Academy in Rome in 2008. The award includes a fellowship to study at the American Academy.

  • LSU School of Social Work Professor Brij Mohan was selected to receive the President’s Award from the National Association of Social Workers – Louisiana chapter – in 2008. The award, given to Mohan for his international reputation as a scholar and author, is a special honor that has only been given to one other person in the chapter’s history.

  • For the first time ever, all four of LSU’s Goldwater finalists were chosen to receive the nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship in 2008, as selected by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.


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