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Student Achievements

  • LSU has produced a number of distinguished undergraduates, including four Marshall Scholars, 26 Goldwater Scholars, 14 Rhodes Scholars, six Truman Scholars, 26 Fulbright Scholars and two Udall Scholars.

  • Six LSU students have received the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, awarded by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, since 2003:
  • 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.

  • LSU student Charlotte Gates was awarded a Fulbright International Summer Institute scholarship to study creativity, personality and mental imagery in synesthetes at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Great Starting Five: In 2008, LSU was one of only two universities in the nation to produce the combination of a Truman Scholar, four Goldwater Scholars and a USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team member this year. In addition, four LSU students were also selected as Presidential Management Fellows – another nationally prestigious award.

  • 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.

  • In 2008, 43 percent of LSU’s student-athletes had a G.P.A. of at least 3.0, with 32 earning a perfect 4.0. In all, 177 student-athletes were either named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll or the LSU Director’s Cup.

  • The fall entering class of 2009 had an average ACT of 25.5, SAT of 1167

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