Graduate School News

Gain financial empowerment at "Retirement Investing: The Five Most Important Things You Need to Know"

Future financial responsibilities can be overwhelming for the average adult. How will you take care of yourself when you are older? How can you supplement funds in an employee retirement system to enhance your financial future? How can you avoid actively managing your investment? How is it possible to save when bills and other recurring expenses deplete your account?

The LSU Graduate School, LSUnited, and the LSU Faculty Senate invite graduate students, faculty, and staff to attend a "Retirement Investing: The Five Most Important Things You Need to Know," a one-hour workshop led by Professor Don Chance.

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 2018 Institute on the Future of Graduate Studies

Graduate students and graduate faculty are invited to apply for the 2018 Summer Institute on the Future of Graduate Studies, a three-week seminar that allows graduate faculty and graduate students to engage in intense, wide-ranging reading, writing, and discussion. The 2018 Institute will focus on Alternative-Academic (Alt-Ac) and placement, with Alt-Ac being broadly understood as a consideration from the first planning of graduate studies, through decisions made throughout a professional life, including those made by faculty themselves.

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 In the Spotlight: Onyinye Ihedoro

Onyinye Ihedoro recently received a master’s degree in Computer Science, and will complete a Master of Science in Analytics in May 2018. She is primarily interested in data science and programming, and has gained much experience and knowledge from both degree programs.

In addition to pursuing master’s degrees simultaneously, Ihedoro is a graduate school Senator for LSU’s Student Government Association, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, and a graduate assistant for the LSU Graduate School.

“I am passionate about STEM awareness, especially in underrepresented groups. For the longest time, I was the only African female in my department, and this shows that there needs to be more awareness about the possibilities of a long term fulfilling career in any STEM field.”

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 The LSU Graduate School presents the 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

The LSU Graduate School will host the 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition, a research competition that challenges master's and doctoral students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The competition will take place on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the LSU Digital Media Arts Theater. Refreshments will be served for you to enjoy prior to the presentations.

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 In the Spotlight: Abah Omale, Department of Geology & Geophysics

Abah Omale is a second-year doctoral student at the Department of Geology and Geophysics. His work primarily explores the interaction between tectonics and sedimentation, specifically studying areas in the Gulf of Mexico. The Nigeria native aspires to be an exploration geologists and to teach geology at the higher education level.

Omale recently received a grant from the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, which will fund research on fault reactivations to indicate changes in the strength of the lithosphere.

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 In the Spotlight: Professor Shannon Walsh, School of Theatre

Professor Shannon Walsh is a professor at LSU’s School of Theatre. Her research interests include topics in women’s and gender studies, critical race theory, performance studies, and physical fitness. Professor Walsh recently served as co-head of the PhD program at the School of Theatre, and will soon become director of the new resident’s college.

Last fall, she helped initiate the Baton Rouge Theatre Coalition, which is a group of teachers and art leaders who are invested in thinking strategically about how to ensure continued growth of theatre for social change in all communities. “We share the same talent— actors and designers— so it is important to communicate to ensure we are taking the best care of them by creating spaces of acceptance and inclusivity,” she says.

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In the Spotlight: Elahe Russell, Office of Accounting Services

Elahe Russell is the director of Financial Accounting & Reporting for LSU’s Office of Accounting Services. Russell oversees financial statements for LSU and related entities, investment and cash management, debt issuance, student billing and receivables, and more.

“Higher education is a constantly evolving, energetic arena with a sole aim of supporting the academic goals of our students and future community leaders,” she says. “There is no greater feeling than having a hand in the future of our city, state, and country.”

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In the Spotlight: David Reeves, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

David Reeves is a doctoral student at the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. His current research focuses on the ecological function of fish and other species, specifically in the Gulf of Mexico around oil platforms.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently named Reeves a 2017 Science Policy Fellow, providing him the opportunity to enhance his research skills in natural resources management.

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 In the Spotlight: Professor J. Brenton Stewart, School of Library & Information Science

Professor J. Brenton Stewart is an assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). His research focuses on print culture history, including 19th century medical and agricultural journals. He also studies academic libraries in the lives of African Americans, LGBTQ students, and other distinct populations.

“I’m most passionate about the changes we’ve made to the SLIS curriculum since I arrived at LSU four years ago,” he says.

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In the Spotlight: Professor Bryan McCann, Department of Communication Studies

Professor Bryan McCann is a professor of Rhetoric and Cultural Studies at LSU's Department of Communication Studies. His work primarily explores the racialized and gendered politics about criminal justice in the United States. In his recently published book, The Mark of Criminality: Rhetoric, Race, and Gangsta Rap in the War-on-Crime Era, Professor McCann delves into the intersection of gangsta rap, black masculinity, and politics during the "war-on-crime" era in the 1980s and 1990s.

"The war-on-crime era was a culturally messy period, but you also had incredibly successful figures and artists who retooled criminality and black masculinity," he says.

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LSU Graduate School to participate as affiliate partner in PhD Career Pathways project

The LSU Graduate School will participate as an affiliate partner in the PhD Career Pathways project, which is a coalition of universities to better understand career preferences and outcomes for PhD students coming together. The multi-year project, which is sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), will collect survey data for member institutions to use and analyze PhD preferences for current and prospective students, strengthen career services and professional development opportunities, and increase mentoring in doctoral programs.

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LSU Graduate School forms partnership with City Year of Baton Rouge

The LSU Graduate School recently formed a "Give a Year Partnership" with City Year of Baton Rouge. City Year, an AmeriCorp organization, focuses on educational enrichment for Baton Rouge's schools by providing supplemental and instructional support.

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 Whether it’s about an interesting research project or your day-to-day experience at LSU, we would love to share your story! We invite you to nominate members of the graduate student community— students, faculty, and staff— for our spotlight. To nominate a member of the graduate school community, download this PDF and send it, filled out, to