LSU Prepares Students for International Research


LSU Office of Research Engagement Director Randy Duran organized meetings for 10 students in Washington, D.C. to help prepare them for upcoming international research trips to France.Photo Credit: LSU

BATON ROUGE – LSU organized a two-day workshop in Washington, D.C., to help 10 undergraduate students from eight U.S. universities prepare to embark on international research trips. The students are part of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, or LSAMP, program. Each of them will embark on a research travel experience to France, where they will conduct research in world-class laboratories in Bordeaux, Grenoble and Toulouse. Each student has also been paired with a faculty mentor at the host institution.

LSU Office of Research Engagement Director Randy Duran and Assistant Director of Research Engagement Douglas Villien Jr. organized meetings for the students at the National Mall and the French Embassy with dignitaries from the U.S. Department of State, the National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Magazine and the Embassy of France.

“Connecting students with positive, life-expanding educational experiences such as travelling abroad is one of the greatest things I get to do at LSU,” Duran said. “We put together this program in Washington, D.C., to help prepare the LSAMP students and ensure that their research abroad experience is one that will help advance their careers.”

The 10 LSAMP students include Nettie Brown, University of Georgia, Athens; Jessica Flores, Stonybrook University; Maggie Fox, Binghamton University; Sarah Hodges, University of Kentucky; Khoranhlai Anjulique Jones, Xavier University of Louisiana; Anthony Keyes, Jacksonville State University; Aurelie Niyongabo, Binghamton University; Emeline Pano, California State University, Fresno; Rosa Perez, University of Texas, El Paso; and Jose Rosales, University of Texas, El Paso.

On March 26-27, dignitaries including special guests from Bordeaux, France, who connected via video conference, provided information to the students on best practices in international research, personal security, cultural norms and other opportunities in Europe. The students embarked on their research experiences, beginning April 24. They will provide weekly reports on their aspirations, laboratory trials and errors, lessons learned and cultural experiences outside of the lab. 



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