Announcing Student Award Recipients and Distinguished Graduates of the CHSE Class of 2020

May 15, 2020

CHSE Class of 2020 Statistics

Bachelor's Degrees | 429
Master's Degrees | 295
Doctoral Degrees | 13

Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars

In 2014, the college began a program to promote research and discovery for undergraduates in our College. The College of Human Sciences & Education’s Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to develop research competencies and conduct research studies with ongoing support from College faculty volunteers and graduate student mentors. Undergraduates participating in the Distinguished Scholars Program receive funding support to present research posters at LSU’s Discover Day undergraduate research fair. The program is open to any student enrolled in a CHSE undergraduate degree program, but it is not a program requirement, nor is it a program that earns program or course credit. This is a co-curricular experience above and beyond the academic classroom learning experience.

The four overarching goals of the program underlying student learning outcomes include: (1) Application of Research Seminar instruction, (2) Participation in Faculty Research, (3) Personal Inquiry and Discovery through Self-Initiated Research, and (4) Dissemination of Findings to a Broad Audience.

Abigail Caffey

Abigail Lynn Caffey

Photo of Katie Elizabeth Fairchild

Katie Elizabeth Fairchild

Photo of Briasha D’ne’ Jones

Briasha D’ne’ Jones

Photo of Hana Michelle O’Neill

Hana Michelle O’Neill

Photo of Madison Nicole Rohm

Madison Nicole Rohm

Photo of Gabrielle Kay Schnebelen 

Gabrielle Kay Schnebelen

Photo of Madison Grace Schnebelen 

Madison Grace Schnebelen


Distinguished Dissertation

The College of Human Sciences & Education dissertation award recognizes research at the highest level of scholarship that makes a significant contribution to a field of study associated with one of our five schools. Each school has a nomination process for this award and the winners at the school level are then evaluated at the college level by a committee for this distinguished award. What makes this process even more special is that in CHSE, those questions addressed by our candidates directly reflect our college’s mission to improve the quality of life across the life span. 

Amy Pan

Amy Pan

Kelly Simonton

Kelly Simonton


CHSE Ambassadors

In 2014 the College of Human Sciences & Education Ambassadors Program began with a group of high achieving, diverse, and well-rounded students who declared a major within the College. Since that time, the Ambassadors program has helped: increase student enrollment; promote student diversity; increase community awareness of CHSE  programs; and develop leadership density within the College. Students in the Ambassadors program are the face of our College at recruitment events, campus activities, service projects in the community, and advocacy and alumni initiatives.

Photo of Erika Rae Billiot

Erika Rae Billiot

Photo of Briasha D’ne’ Jones

Briasha D’ne’ Jones

Sarah Kemp

Sarah Elizabeth Kemp

Harli Lockhart

Harli Tucker O’Brien Lockhart

Maritza Martinez

Maritza Marie Martinez

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Bradley Asbury Watts

Tyler Wilson

Tyler Jacoby Wilson


Active and Veteran Military Challenge Coin Recipients

LSU has a proud military tradition since the founding of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy in 1853, often called the Ole War Skule. Following World War I, the University moved to its present location and built Memorial Tower. Over 12,000 individuals from LSU served during World War II, 5,000 of which were officers—only West Point, Annapolis and Texas A&M exceeded LSU. Students and graduates served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The College of Human Sciences and Education recognizes and honors its veterans and military service members at our diploma ceremonies every fall and spring. Since 2018 we present each graduating veteran and service member with a unique college challenge coin. Although its origin is disputed (either World War I or as recent as Vietnam), the modern American military challenge coin tradition rewards hard work, excellence, and improves esprit de corps. Coins are awarded for outstanding service, and milestone achievement.

The College of Human Sciences & Education challenge coin obverse side is a field of LSU purple with the college logo, a fleur-de-lis, the word “Service” and the phrase “Geaux Change Lives.” The reverse is an image of the tiger mosaic from the H.P. Long Field House with the Latin phrase, “Mens sana in corpore sano” or “A sound mind in a sound body.” 

Photo of  Vance Taylor Barney

Vance Taylor Barney

Photo of  Logan Alexander Murillo

 Logan Alexander Murillo

Photo of Isiomara Paniagua

Isiomara Yvette Paniagua

Photo of Brianna Angele Rauch

Brianna Angele Rauch

Jazlyn Scott

Jazlyn Raeann Scott Harris

Precious Smart

Precious Danielle Smart

Lauren Williams

Lauren Kennedy Williams


Tiger Twelve

Join us in congratulating College of Human Sciences & Education students Lauren Bagneris and Shelby Waddell on being named members of the Tiger Twelve class of 2020. Each spring, 12 individuals are selected by the LSU Office of the Dean of Students and recognized for their outstanding contributions to the university and to the surrounding community.

Abigail Caffey | Kinesiology
Abigail Caffey believes her LSU experience has granted her the tools she needs to make a difference in the healthcare system. She served as a research assistant for the Motor Behavior and Cognition Lab on LSU campus for two years. Abigail was a member of the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program (DURP) and the College of Human Science & Education Distinguished Scholar program. She served as an undergraduate research ambassador, which granted her the opportunity to advise other students while promoting undergraduate research. Outside of research, Abigail was a member of an on campus fitness organization called CHAARG. Abigail co-founded a women’s health and fitness organization on campus, called Elevate. She also worked as an Occupational Therapy technician in various clinical settings throughout her time at LSU. After graduation, Abigail plans to publish her undergraduate research and attending LSU’s Master’s program for Motor Control research and obtain a Doctoral of Occupational Therapy and work in a research and rehabilitation hospital.

Lauren Bagneris | Kinesiology
Lauren Bagneris brought a global service perspective to LSU during her four years as an undergraduate Kinesiology student in the Ogden Honors College. From volunteering in the largest public hospital in Asia, to educating children in an African village in Ghana and to working diligently in her research program at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Lauren led by example to promote service and a commitment to community. Her involvement in multiple on-campus organizations, in addition to her many endeavors nationally and globally, show Lauren’s passion and commitment to dismantling health and social inequities with underserved communities. She also spent her time developing programs as a 2019 Leadership Fellow and the Vice President of the Eta Kappa chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. that focused on education, women’s healthcare and wellness, the arts, economic legacy, and global impact. As President of the Minority Science and Pre-Professional Society, she helped aspiring healthcare professionals develop connections and achieve personal and academic growth to reach their goals. She worked zealously within Campus Life while being an active leader within LSU Service Breaks and Leadership LSU. She also was an active volunteer at Baton Rouge General Hospital and member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honors Society during her time at LSU. This year, she defended her Ogden Honors College Thesis which focused on reducing racial disparities in healthcare. Upon graduation, Bagneris will enter the MD/MPH dual-degree program at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and plans to focus on Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in order to provide quality medical services and achieve health equity globally in her future career as a physician.

Shelby Waddell | Education
Shelby Waddell spent four years on LSU’s campus focused on serving her community. She planned service initiatives for Volunteer LSU and served as the director of the entire program. She also led LSU Service Breaks trips to Ghana and Ecuador to learn about educational systems and combat clean water insecurity. Throughout her college career Shelby served as a resident assistant in LSU’s family and graduate housing, where she provided services to mainly international students and students with children. Shelby has immersed in her local and international communities through her experiences at LSU. She is graduating LSU with a dual degree in elementary education and special education.

Photo of Lauren Bagneris

Lauren Bagneris

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Abigail Lynn Caffey

Shelby Waddell

Shelby Waddell



LSU City Year Scholars 

LSU is a proud partner with City Year—having made history in 2011 as the first public university in the country to formalize a University Partnership. Civic engagement and community service are central to LSU’s mission and remain highest priorities that guide our strategic plan. LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy Land, Sea, and Space Grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solve endemic problems. We are honored to have two awardees as CHSE students.

Lauren Toomey | Student Affairs & Higher Education Administration
Patricia Saye | Counselor Education 

Patricia Saye and Lauren Toomey








Distinguished Communicators

Recipients of this honor are outstanding writers and speakers, with a strong command of visual literacy and technological communication. They have earned high GPAs in their communication-intensive courses throughout their baccalaureate years, sought 1-1 mentorships with faculty and have built websites that display their communication competencies and professional talents, both in and beyond the classroom.

Katie Fairchild | Education
Fallon Nixon | Education
Hana O'Neill | Education
Erin Ricken | Education 

Discover Day

The LSU Discover Day undergraduate symposium provides a forum for undergraduate students from any major to share their research and creative works. This year, 100 intrepid undergraduate students braved the frontier of remotely presenting their research online. Congratulations to CHSE's Karley Doyle, Abigail Caffey and Stephen Lopez, who were recognized for their topnotch poster presentations.

Karley Doyle | 2nd Place Overall Winner - Poster Presentation, 1st Place Monetary Prize Winner - CHSE, PK-3 Teacher Certification
Abigail Caffey | 3rd Place Overall Winner - Poster Presentation, 2nd Place Monetary Prize Winner - CHSE, Kinesiology
Stephen Lopez | 3rd Place Monetary Prize Winner - CHSE, Kinesiology