05/30/2013 11:52 AM
BATON ROUGE – For years, LSU students have been competing on the national stage for
prestigious awards and scholarships, and this year is no exception. With two Truman
Scholars, two Goldwater Scholars, an Udall Scholar, and numerous other accolades,
LSU students are truly showing the nation what it means to “Live Gold.”
“We are proud of all of our scholars and honorees this year,” said Interim LSU President
and Chancellor William Jenkins. “The number of students who receive national awards
year after year speaks volumes about the quality and hard work of our students, faculty
and staff. LSU is a top-notch performer on the national scene and our students have
once again proven that they are second to none.”
LSU’s 2013 national scholars come from various backgrounds with a variety of research
interests. Whether it’s researching a cure for AIDS, investigating the impact of storm
surge on the coastline or seeking to better the lives of those in the Middle East,
LSU’s scholars are working in areas with global impact.
The following is a sample of the awards LSU students won this year:
LSU juniors Catherine Fontenot of Basile, La., and Matthew Landrieu of New Orleans
were among 62 students nationwide to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship from
the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Fontenot, an LSU Honors College student and biological sciences major in the College
of Science, plans to pursue Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees,
with concentrations in internal medicine and infectious disease/global health, through
Harvard Medical School’s Scholars in Medicine program after she graduates from LSU
in May 2014.
Landrieu, an LSU Honors College student and elementary education major in the College
of Human Sciences & Education, plans to pursue a master’s degree focused on policy,
organization and leadership studies from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education after
he graduates from LSU in May 2014.
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study, along with priority
admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership
training, career and graduate school counseling and special internship opportunities
within the federal government. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of
programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute and The Truman-Albright
Truman Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years
following completion of a foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition
of their receiving Truman funds. Part of the application process is for the students
to create policy to address a current issue.
LSU students Bruno Beltran of Sulphur, La., and Corey Landry of Denham Springs, La.,
were awarded the prestigious, nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship by the
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and Zachary Fitzpatrick
of Holden, La., and Paxton Turner of Baton Rouge received Honorable Mention. All four
students are members of the LSU Honors College; and Beltran, Landry and Fitzpatrick
are also LA-STEM Research Scholars.
The Goldwater Scholarship can be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and
room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
Beltran, a computer science and mathematics major who will graduate in May 2015 with
degrees from the LSU College of Engineering and the LSU College of Science, hopes
to pursue a Ph.D. in applied mathematics. His goal is to conduct research in computational
fluid dynamics and to teach at the university level.
Beltran is a first-generation American who represents a multicultural background spanning
the harsh economic stratification of his parents’ home country of Peru. His immediate
family members vary from doctors to school teachers, and nurses to engineers.
Landry, a biological engineering major who will graduate in May 2014 with a degree
from the LSU College of Engineering, hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.
His goal is to develop point-of-care diagnostic devices to streamline medical care
in refugee camps and developing world clinics.
Landry, along with his family, teaches English classes to the refugee community settled
in the Baton Rouge area. He teaches beginning English, while his mother, an analytical
chemist, teaches intermediate English; his father, a civil engineer, provides transportation
for the families; and his younger sister organizes donation drives.
Fitzpatrick, a biochemistry major who will graduate in May 2014 with a degree from
the LSU College of Science, hopes to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience. His goal
is to conduct translational biomedical research to develop gene and cellular therapeutics
for neurodegenerative diseases.
Turner, a mathematics major who will graduate in May 2015 with a degree from the LSU
College of Science, hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in pure mathematics. His goal is to conduct
research in algebraic geometry and teach at the university level.
LSU junior Jonathan Lambert of Madisonville, La., was named an Udall Scholar by the
Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Lambert became LSU’s third Udall
Scholar, joining 2007 recipient Nita Clark, a native of Baker, La., and 2010 recipient
Anna Normand, a native of Opelousas, La. In addition to Lambert, junior Erin Percevault,
a native of Verona, N.J., was named an Udall Honorable Mention.
Lambert, an Honors College student double majoring in coastal environmental science
in the School of the Coast & Environment and marine biology in the College of Science,
researches storm surge in the Coastal Flooding Research Group of the Department of
Geography and Anthropology. Last year, he received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, or NOAA, Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship.
After graduation in May 2014, Lambert would like to attend graduate school to study
environmental science at a program such as the M.A. program in climate and society
at Columbia University and ultimately, to obtain a Ph.D. in marine environmental science,
concentrating on the impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems. After his studies,
he would like to work for NOAA as a coastal manager at the National Center for Coastal
Ocean Science. After gaining this experience, he hopes to return to the academic realm
as a research professor, investigating the effects of storm surge.
Percevault, an Honors College junior majoring in landscape architecture in the College
of Art & Design, is researching strategies used in response and recovery with particular
attention on the performance of ecological systems. After graduating in May 2015,
she hopes to participate in the FEMA-unit of AmeriCorps NCCC to gain more firsthand
experience of current processes of preparedness, response and recovery. She also plans
to pursue a professional licensure as a landscape architect and will return to graduate
school in architecture or urban planning to continue research and advise communities
in design and sustainable planning.
U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship
LSU junior Logan de La Barre-Hays, a native of Jackson, Miss., was awarded a U.S.
Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, or CLS, to study a critical language
during the summer of 2013. De La Barre-Hays is an Honors College and College of Humanities
& Social Sciences student who is double majoring in both international studies and
political science with minors in Arabic, history and religious studies. She will graduate
from LSU in May 2014.
De La Barre-Hays will spend the summer in Morocco studying Arabic. She hopes that
through learning Arabic, she’ll be able to work in the future with organizations like
the State Department or Amnesty International to try to remedy some of the humanitarian
issues that are happening in the Middle East.
The Critical Language Scholarship program is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically
expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.
It provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured
cultural enrichment experiences. CLS program participants are expected to continue
their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills
in their future professional careers.
Consistent with the U.S. Department of State’s goals to increase diversity among international
educational exchange program participants, the CLS program actively recruits in states
and regions of the United States that have been historically under-represented in
international exchange and encourages students from diverse backgrounds and academic
majors to apply. The CLS program also promotes diversity in the independent review
process, and includes readers and panelists from 44 states and 160 institutions, including
land-grant public universities, liberal arts colleges, Historically Black Colleges
and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Ivy League institutions and community
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Five current or recent LSU students were recognized by the National Science Foundation
with Graduate Research Fellowships. These fellowships provide a three-year annual
stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and
fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the
freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate
education they choose.
The following students and recent graduates received the prestigious award, an exceptional
honor for the students, their faculty mentors and the university itself:
NSF is one of the country’s top funding sources for scientific research at the university
level. Founded in 1950, part of the independent federal agency’s mission has been
to promote the progress of science and advance the health and prosperity of the United
States. In support of this mission, the organization each year recognizes outstanding
graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees with
an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. NSF received more than 13,000 submitted applications
for the 2013 competition, and made 2,000 award offers.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program
Three LSU students were selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to participate
in the Exceptional Research Opportunities Program, or EXROP. Initiated in 2003, EXROP
links the resources of HHMI’s Science and Science Education programs to provide selected
bright, motivated undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds and from groups
traditionally underrepresented in the sciences with outstanding summer research experiences
that encourage them to pursue careers in academic science.
The following students received the $4,500 award and will conduct research this summer
as HHMI EXROP scholars:
EXROP students attend meetings at HHMI headquarters where they present their research
in a poster session, network with their peers and HHMI scientists, and hear from scientists
from various backgrounds and stages in their careers. EXROP students are eligible
for continued support in their doctoral education via HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowships for
LSU-Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Researchers
Three LSU students will participate in an international summer research opportunity through the LSU-HHMI International Research program. The following students are participating in the program this summer:
LSU-HHMI International Research program is supported in part by a grant to LSU from
the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege and Undergraduate Science
Education Program. Advanced LSU undergraduates with a strong research background and
students beginning graduate school in fall semesters are eligible for international
research opportunities. Possible placements include laboratories in Pasteur-Lille,
Leuven, Grenoble or other locations identified with the LSU-HHMI program faculty and
Financial support for this award includes a summer stipend, international travel expenses, and travel within the U.S. to the relevant embassy.
LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising
The LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created to assist students
in applying for prestigious scholarships and fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall,
Gates, Mitchell, Udall, Truman and Goldwater awards. Students interested in applying
for these and other scholarship opportunities or for more information on the office,
contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of fellowship advising, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the LSU Honors College, visit http://www.honors.lsu.edu/.
About the LA-STEM Research Scholars Program
The Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or LA-STEM, Research
Scholars Program is funded by NSF and the Louisiana Board of Regents and managed by
the Office of Strategic Initiatives at LSU.
LA-STEM admits students who show great potential to succeed in STEM areas at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and who have distinguished themselves as scholars and leaders. The Office of Strategic Initiatives looks for students who are committed to promoting diversity in the sciences in their undergraduate and graduate careers. Students are required to maintain the highest of academic standards to remain in the program. They also exemplify a strong dedication to mentoring, enthusiasm for diverse cultural experiences and a passion for serving the community. For more information on LA-STEM at LSU, visit http://www.lsu.edu/lastem/.
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013