Two CC&E Students Receive 2018 Discover Scholar Awards

LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program has announced the 2018 winners of the Discover Scholar Awards. Award recipients received a $1,500 travel stipend and were honored at a March 6 ceremony. The College of the Coast & Environment was the only college to have two Discover Scholar recipients: Amanda Fontenot and Madeline LeBlanc, both undergraduates in Coastal Environmental Science.

Fontenot was recognized for her research on eroded carbon in Barataria Bay and the possible impacts it could have on climate change and rising sea levels. Her faculty mentor for the project is John White, John and Catherine Day Professor of Oceanography & Coastal Science. 


LeBlanc's award-winning research involves looking at the content of  sediment cores from the Atchafalaya Delta in order to quantify the nutrient and carbon content of an active deltaic system and better understand what to aim for when attempting to convert inactive deltas to active deltas. LeBlanc's faculty mentor for the project is Robert Twilley, executive director of Louisiana Sea Grant.