Lauren Agrigento, a senior economics major from Homewood, Ill.; Shelby Katz, a senior
information systems and decision sciences major from Kenner, La. and Claire Masson,
a master of accountancy student from Covington, La. make up the LSU team known as
Opiate Associates. Joni Shreve, senior instructor in the Stephenson Department of
Entrepreneurship & Information Systems, serves as the team’s advisor.
The students analyzed data from the 2016 National Study for Drug Use and Health to
assess the demographic, socioeconomic, psychological and behavioral factors associated
with the misuse of prescription opioids. The resulting paper earned the team a spot
at the SAS Global Forum Student Symposium and a $3,000 travel stipend. Teams will
be judged during their 20-minute oral presentations. The top three teams will be named
during the conference.
“These students are using data to tackle a timely issue,” said Shreve. “I am very
proud of their work. Being asked to present at the SAS Global Forum is a tremendous
honor given to just eight teams. I know the experience will lead to professional and
personal growth. I can’t wait to see how they meet this challenge.”
The LSU team will compete against groups from California State University, Long Beach;
George Brown College; Grand Valley State University; Kennesaw State University; Oklahoma
State University and University of North Carolina Wilmington,
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