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2019 LSU Alumni Association International Student Scholarship Recipients Announced

On Sunday, February 24, International Programs, along with the LSU Alumni Association, announced the 2019 recipients of the scholarship at International Fusion. The scholarship was established in 2015 to recognize four outstanding international students demonstrating high academic achievement along with leadership, engagement, and diversity. The recipients for 2019 are:


elena        Elena Soto Handal is an undergraduate from Honduras and is pursuing a BS in Biological Engineering with a GPA of 3.86. Ms. Handal has been a dedicated                      member of VIPS  (volunteers of public schools) where she tutors second graders.  On coming to LSU, Ms. Handal says “I have been able to connect with a lot of              different people with all sorts of cultures, and I don’t think I could have had the same experience at other schools.”




ronald        Ronald Rodriguez is a currently pursuing a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the LSU School of Music and expects to graduate in Spring 2020. Mr.                                Rodriguez has a 4.0 GPA and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in music performance from Northwestern State University, where he served as vice-            president of the Northwestern State University Chapter.  He has earned 3 scholarships and is a member of multiple professional organizations. Mr. Rodriguez has          been inspired by his time studying in the US and plans to return to his hometown to pass on his experiences and knowledge to children Mr. Rodriguez is from                 Colombia.



dependra         Dependra Bhatta is currently pursuing a PhD in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness from the LSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.             His anticipated graduation date is May 2020 and he has a GPA of 3.636. Mr. Bhatta has demonstrated leadership experience, and he is currently serving as the                 President of the Agricultural Economics Graduate Student Association and previously served as President of the International Student Association and the                       International Cultural Center. Mr. Bhatta has published 4 articles in refereed journals, given 8 presentations and has been awards various academic honors. Mr.               Bhatta is from Nepal.



thenahandi        Thenahandi Prasanthi Deepthika De Silva is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry and expects to complete the program in the summer of 2019. Ms. De                            Silva has a   GPA of 4.0. She is currently working as a research/teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry, College of Science. Ms. De Silva has                              published 5 articles in  refereed journals, received 2 patents, presented 13 oral and poster presentations at various conferences and professional                                        meetings, as well as earned numerous academic awards and honors. Ms. De Silva also co-founded the Bhakti Yoga Club to share cultural heritage with                              the LSU community. Ms. De Silva is from Sri Lanka.



Congratulations to the 2019 LSU Alumni Association International Student Scholarship recipients!


International Tiger Newsletter 

The December 2018 International Tiger,  LSU International Programs newsletter has been released. 


Visiting Scholars Spring Event

DATE: March 15, 2019

TIME: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: LSU Intercultural Center

Join us for an evening of entertainment and food! 

The 2019 LSU Visiting Scholars Spring Event will be held at the LSU ICC.

International Programs hosts student guests from the German-American Fulbright Commission Fulbright Commission Program visits Louisiana Plantation

On March 3, 2019 twenty four German engineering students arrived in Louisiana as part of a 3-week program hosted by LSU International Programs. The program, which is sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission, focuses on teaching the students about entrepreneurship as it relates to engineering. It also provides an introduction to higher education in the US. During their stay, the students will shadow engineering capstone students, will visit high profile gulf coast landmarks and engineering-related sites, and will enjoy some tourist destinations on the weekends.  

The program was initiated abroad by the German-American Fulbright Commission. LSU offers a program that connects entrepreneurship with engineering, and this program interested the German-American Fulbright Commission.

Organization for the program began a year in advance with great involvement from International Programs through the department of Academic Programs Abroad, the College of Engineering, and the E.J. Ourso College of Business.

Ms. Loveness Schafer, Associate Director for International Services, awarded 2018 NAFSA Region III Louisiana State Award

Loveness Schafer

Ms. Loveness Schafer, Associate Director for International Services, was recently awarded the 2018 NAFSA Region III Louisiana State Award "for contribution to the field of International Education through long and outstanding years of service in the local, academic and/professional community".

NAFSA, Association of International Educators, is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange  by advancing international higher education. They advocate for a better world through international education and professional development.  The regional awards are to acknowledge international educators for their continuous contributions to international education and to NAFSA's missions and goals.

Congratulations to Ms. Loveness Schafer!!