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LSU Undergraduate Research Conference to be Held Nov. 1

Halliburton, LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives serve as co-sponsors

10/30/2013 01:43 PM

BATON ROUGE – The fifth annual LSU Undergraduate Research Conference: Excite, Explore, Experiment, will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LSU Student Union, and is co-sponsored by the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives and Halliburton.

This year’s co-sponsorship from Halliburton will enhance the conference awards, enable conference participants to earn travel support to present at regional and national meetings for professional societies, and support the attendance of high school students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry, utilizing, among other trades, the skills of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, workforce.

The LSU Undergraduate Research Conference event features 100 poster and oral presentations in a competition among undergraduate researchers in STEM disciplines and the social sciences. These students represent universities across the state, including Xavier University of Louisiana, Southern University, Southern University at New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University and LSU. This year’s conference also includes students from the University of South Carolina, Agnes Scott College and the University of Southern Mississippi.     

The keynote speaker for the LSU Undergraduate Research Conference is Graham Hatfull, University of Pittsburgh professor of biological sciences, Eberly Family Professor of Biotechnology, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Hatfull’s research focuses on the molecular genetics of mycobacteria and their bacteriophages. These studies take advantage of the intimacy of phage-host interactions to gain insights into the genetics and physiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of human TB.  He has mentored 19 Ph.D. students, more than 100 undergraduate student researchers and 16 postdoctoral associates. Hatfull’s keynote address is titled “Sharing in the Excitement: Exploring the Landscape of Bateriophage Diversity.”  

The LSU Undergraduate Research Conference 2013 event also includes an ethics workshop titled “‘GATTACA’ and the Ethical Implications of Research.”  An awards ceremony will conclude the program.

The campus and local community are welcome to attend this event to support the work and enthusiasm of these students.  

About the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives
LSU's Office of Strategic Initiatives supports the high achievements of LSU students, faculty, and staff through education, mentoring and research. By achieving this vision, OSI will assist in raising LSU’s standing among its peers. OSI’s additional goals include assisting the Office of Academic Affairs in implementing programs that encourage and enhance the diversity of the student body – particularly at the graduate level – and the diversity of the faculty – particularly in the sciences and engineering. For more information, visit

About Halliburton
Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With more than 75,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities in approximately 80 countries, the company serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production through the life of the field. Visit the company’s website at

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