Welcome from Isiah M. Warner, Ph.D.

When I joined the LSU faculty in 1992 as the West Chair of Chemistry, I had some definite ideas about the contributions I wanted to make to the Department of Chemistry, the university, and the scientific community. I later served as chairman of the Department of Chemistry, and also had the honor of being named a Boyd Professor, the highest honor in the LSU system. Now, as Vice Chancellor for LSU's Office of Strategic Initiatives, one of my charges is to create an environment in which all students can thrive! The LA-STEM Research Scholars Program is an integral part of this effort.

The future of science in America depends on increasing the number of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our program's goal is to promote diversity within the STEM disciplines, particularly at the graduate level, through an innovative hierarchy model for integrating undergraduate research, education, and peer mentoring. Our mission is to improve student comprehension of science and mathematics at all levels of education. We are changing the way students think! Please join us in our effort.


Isiah M. Warner, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Strategic Initiatives
Boyd Professor
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
Philip W. West Professor of Analytical &
Environmental Chemistry