LSU Environmentors

LSU EnvironMentors

About Us

LSU EnvironMentors (EM) is an award-winning after-school science mentoring initiative that pairs underserved high school students from Scotlandville Magnet High with LSU graduates and undergraduates. LSU student mentors volunteer two or more hours each week to work individually with the high school students on a year-long scientific research project. Each mentee’s work culminates in a poster competition in which his/her year-long data collection and research findings are succinctly summarized and presented. Top EM students from this local competition earn the privilege to compete at the annual EnvironMentors National Fair in Washington D.C.

High school students complete the program with increased confidence in their ability to achieve challenging life goals, to do well in STEM courses, to understand the workings of the natural environment, and to communicate with an assortment of audiences using multiple platforms. Students who complete the EM program have a higher likelihood of graduating from high school and pursuing higher education. And, participating college mentors develop their leadership skills while giving back to their community. LSU EnvironMentors opens a world of opportunities for tomorrow’s environmental workforce.

Learn more about the national chapter of EnvironMentors.


dean chris d'elia"I am especially proud of our EnvironMentors (EM) program. We are providing underserved students with the personal tools and skills essential to meet challenging life goals. Accordingly, many of our EM alumni are now pursuing higher education, which is a primary aim of the EM program. Twelve have already graduated from college. This is a remarkable accomplishment."

-Chris D'Elia, professor and dean, LSU CC&E

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Malinda Sutor
Chapter Director

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Brian Matherne
Chapter Coordinator

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Pamela Francis
Lead Teacher

Former Staff   


  • Dr. Melissa Baustian
  • Lauren Land
  • Dr. Melissa Monk
  • Courtney Saari
  • Valerie Derouen
  • Allan Purcell
  • Lance Umlang
  • Stacy Peterson

Founding Directors

  • Dr. Susan Welsh
  • Dr. Joseph Powers


2150 Energy, Coast & Environment Building
Louisiana State University  
Baton Rouge, LA 70803