LSU Discover Day
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The 9th Annual LSU Discover Day Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Louisiana State University's Student Union. Undergraduate students from any major and from any college or university are invited to submit an application. Students can apply to present art, posters, oral presentations, performances, poetry readings, and more. Applications are due by Sunday, March 6, 2022.
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Past Discover Days
The 8th annual LSU Discover Day Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium was held on Thursday, April 15 – Friday, April 16, 2021. At this year’s event, over 160 students from 16 different universities presented their research or creative work virtually to an audience of faculty, graduate students, friends, and family.
Discover Day 2021 Award Winners:
Award plaques engraved with the winner’s name will be given to the top students in these categories:
Poster (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
|1st||Pilar Ruiz||SCI-Biological Sciences||LSU - Baton Rouge|
|2nd||Evan Dore||SCI-Biochemistry||LSU - Baton Rouge|
|3rd||Zahra Vafaei Naeini||SCI-Biological Sciences||LSU - Baton Rouge|
Poster (humanities, social sciences, mass communication, and business)
|1st||Jared Cyprian||BUS- Finance||LSU - Baton Rouge|
|2nd||Angelina Cantelli||HSS- Psychology||LSU - Baton Rouge|
|3rd||Rion Askin||BUS- Management||LSU - Baton Rouge|
Oral (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
|1st||Samuel Vielee||Biology||The University of Alabama|
|2nd||Alanis Villanueva||Biological Sciences||Cornell University|
|3rd||Alexander Landry||SCI-Biochemistry, SCI-Chemistry||LSU - Baton Rouge|
Oral (humanities, social sciences, mass communication, and business)
|1st||Samantha Beekman||HSS-International Studies, MCOMM-Mass Communication||LSU - Baton Rouge|
|2nd||Sarah Procopio||MCOMM-Mass Communication||LSU - Baton Rouge|
|3rd||Bailey Chauvin||HSS-Political Science||LSU - Baton Rouge|
Art and Design
|1st||Dylan Roth||ART-Architecture||LSU - Baton Rouge|
|2nd||Kalvin Morris||HSS-English||LSU - Baton Rouge|
|3rd||Tanner Theisen||ART-Architecture||LSU - Baton Rouge|
The following LSU colleges will award $125, $75, and $50 to the top 3 scoring students from their colleges:
|Mass Communication||Sarah Procopio||N/A||N/A|
|Art & Design||Dylan Roth||Tanner Theisen||Chloe Smith|
|Agriculture||Emily Munch||Sydney Talbot||Hannah Guidry|
|Coast and Environment||Jacob Cheng||Danielle Soileau||Allison Benelli|
|Human Sciences & Education||Iyana Charles||Michelle Veillon||Paola Colmenares|
|Humanities & Social Science||Samantha Beekman||Angelina Cantelli||Bailey Chauvin|
|Science||Alexander Landry||Pilar Ruiz||Evan Dore|
|Business||Jared Cyprian||Rion Askin||N/A|
(The College of Engineering awards $50 to the top 10 presenting students)
|Emmaline Miller||Ignatius Semmes||Rocky Vong||Madison Hasenkampf||Siarra Gremillion|
|Ella Sheets||Brianna Robertson||Patrick Herke||Jennafer Zimmerman||Aliza Siddiqui
On April 27th and 28th, 2020, the 7th LSU Discover Day undergraduate symposium provided a forum for undergraduate students from any major to share their research and creative works in a virtual event. 104 intrepid undergraduate students braved the frontier of remotely presenting their research online!
Scroll down to see the list of student presenters and award winners.
Discover Day 2020 Award Winners
On Tuesday, April 9th, 2019, a record 349 undergraduate students from LSU and 16 other universities and colleges presented their research and creative works at the 6th annual LSU Discover Day symposium in the LSU student union. This event provides a forum for undergraduate students to share their research and creative work with the LSU community and visitors.
LSU Discover Day was part of the inaugural LSU Undergraduate Research Week activities. Click here to learn more about LSU Undergraduate Research Week.
On April 10, 2018, LSU Discover hosted the 5th annual LSU Discover Day undergraduate research and creativity symposium in the LSU student union. There were over 200 undergraduate presenters, hundreds of visitors, many fantastic judges, volunteers, and staff members, and one fantastic keynote speaker! Thank you to everyone who came out to LSU Discover Day 2018!
Students from each college at LSU competed in the poster, oral presentation, or the juried art show competition, all of which were judged by LSU faculty, staff, and doctoral students. LSU Discover was also happy to welcome student presenters from the University of New Orleans, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Dillard University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Montgomery University, Vanderbilt University, Zamorano University, the University of Mississippi, Southeastern University A&M, Baton Rouge Community College, and Baton Rouge Magnet High School.
We would like to extend our warm congratulations to the 2018 LSU Discover Day Award Recipients who were selected by an independent panel of faculty and graduate student judges.
Oral Presentation - STEM Disciplines
|1st||Hira Hasan||College of Science||An Investigation of Maltose Transport System Induction in the Rugose Phase Variant of Human Pathogen Vibrio vulnificus|
|2nd||Sydney Cottingham||College of the Coast and Environment||Gastrointestinal Helminth Prevalence in Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) Wintering on Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana|
|3rd||Steven Grouchy||College of Engineering||Smartphone-Based Fluorescence Imaging System for Cancer Cell Detection|
Oral Presentation - Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts
|1st||Taylor Pernini||College of Humanities & Social Sciences||An Inexhaustible Source of Magic: How Fanfiction Turned One World Into a Thousand|
|2nd||Meagan Morvant||Manship School of Mass Communication||Effects of Nostalgia on Brand Loyalty Following Crisis|
|3rd||Samantha Knotts||College of Humanities & Social Sciences||I Saw It on the News: How Does Pre-Trial Publicity Impact Jury Decision-Making?|
Poster Presentation - STEM Disciplines
|1st||Madison Hopper||College of Human Sciences & Education||The Relationship Between Hand Use and the Direction of Handwriting|
|2nd||Brandon Tramontana||College of Engineering||Reception and Integration of Multimodal Courtship Signals in an African Cichlid Fish, Astatotilapia burtoni|
|3rd||Amy Morgan||College of Engineering||Evaluating Three-Dimensional Cancer Cell Migration to Durotactic Cues in a Microfluidic Device|
Poster Presentation - Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts
|1st||Allison Poor||College of Humanities & Social Sciences||The Associations Between Callous-Unemotional Traits, Beliefs About the Future, and Offending in Justice-involved Adolescent Boys|
|2nd||Lilly Cambre||College of Humanities & Social Sciences||A Survey of Earthquake and Tsunami Protective Actions in Two Haitian Communities|
|3rd||Andrea Smith||College of Humanities & Social Sciences||White Noise on Executive Function in Individuals with ADHD|
|1st||Meagan Moore||College of Engineering, Baton Rouge Community College||3D-Printing Whole Body Personalized Phantoms for Radiotherapy Measurements|
|2nd||Karmen Ancar||College of Human Sciences & Education||Can We Move Our Fingers Independently?|
|3rd||Claire LaGrone||College of Humanities & Social Sciences||Carmen Around the World|
Juried Art Show
|1st||Taylor Gonsoulin||College of Art & Design||At The End of the Road|
On April 4, 2017, LSU Discover hosted the 4th annual LSU Discover Day undergraduate research and creativity symposium in the LSU student union. There were 176 undergraduate presenters, 400+ visitors, 89 judges, 40 volunteers, 7 staff members, and one fantastic keynote speaker!
Students from each college at LSU competed in the poster, oral presentation, or the juried art show competition, all of which were judged by LSU faculty, staff, and doctoral students. New this year, LSU Discover was very happy to welcome student presenters from the University of New Orleans, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Baton Rouge Community College.
Poster Competition – Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts
|1st||Catherine M. Pinas||Communication Disorders||Nelia J. Donovan, Ph.D.||Does Individualized Music Reduce Agitation and Increase Quality of Language in Dementia Respite Center Clients?|
|2nd||Zach McLain||Architecture||Jeff Carney||Building for the Waterlsu|
|3rd||Eileen DeLeo||Political Science||Belinda Davis, Ph.D.||Unintended Consequences for TANF: An Incubator for Domestic Violence|
Poster Competition – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
|1st||Amanda Fontenot||Coastal Environmental Science||John White, Ph.D.||Eroding Wetland Soils in Coastal Louisiana’s Barataria Bay Could Impact Future Climate and Sea Level Rise|
|2nd||Samantha Lanjewar||Animal, Dairy & Poultry Sciences||Kenneth Bondioli, Ph.D.||Mimicry of the Human Alzheimer’s Mutation in Pigs Using CRISPR/Cas9 Editing of the Porcine APP Gene|
|3rd||Grant Landwehr||Chemical Engineering||Adam Melvin, Ph.D.||Quantification of the Effects of High Fluid Shear Stresses on Single Circulating Tumor Cells Using a Microfluidic Device|
Juried Art Show
|1st||Vernell Dunams||Studio Art||Johanna Warwick||If You Please|
|2nd||Mariel Gates||Studio Art||Leslie Koptcho||Goddess of Anarchy, Child of Capitalism|
Oral Presentation – Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts
|1st||Bonnie Dupre||Communication Disorders||Neila J. Donovan, Ph.D.||Music and Memory: Effects on Language Quantity and Agitation in People with Dementia|
|2nd||Camille Boechler||Liberal Arts||Chris Barrett, Ph.D.||The Potential Worlds of 2001: Imagining a Queer Physicality in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey|
Oral Presentation – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
|1st||Shannon Matzke||Coastal Environmental Science||Tracy Quirk, Ph.D.||Effects of Nutrient Enrichment and Sediment Addition on Productivity of Spartina patens|
|2nd||McKenzie Brandon & Madelyn McFarland||Natural Resource Ecology & Management||Kevin Ringelman, Ph.D.||Effects of Timber Harvest on Avian Abundance and Diversity|
Tiger's Choice Winners (Visitor Favorites)
|Amelia Schexnayder & Lauren Nickles|
|Madelyn Smith & Trent Andrus|
Date: April 7, 2016
Location: Cotillion ballroom, LSU Student Union
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LSU Discover Day 2016 was a big success!
More than 100 student participants from 10 colleges showcased their research & creative projects. Well over 400 people including faculty, staff, students and visitors, attended the event!
Date: March 19, 2015
Location: Cotillion ballroom, LSU Student Union
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Discover Day 2015 was a success!
More than 100 student participants from 9 colleges showcased their research. Around 400 people including faculty, staff, students and visitors, attended the event!
On March 10, 2014, LSU Discover hosted the inaugural LSU Discover Day research and creativity symposium. Each college was asked to send 10 students to present a poster or performance in the Student Union ballroom.