First Barnidge Fellowships Awarded to Ph.D. Students

11/27/2013 01:43 PM

BATON ROUGE – The first Barnidge Fellowships have been awarded to three Ph.D. students from the E. J. Ourso College of Business – Grace Arnold, Dung “Yom” Bui and Erik Taylor. Alumnus John Barnidge established the fellowship to enhance Ph.D. stipends by $5,000 for incoming Ph.D. students and to attract top students to the college’s programs.

“(My wife) Nancy and I wanted to make a gift to the E. J. Ourso College,” Barnidge said. “We asked Dean (Richard) White what his most pressing needs were and how could we help. He quickly responded that the college needed financial assistance attracting top Ph.D. students to its programs, and that doing so would enhance the college’s research efforts and LSU’s status as a Research I University.”

Arnold, a Department of Economics student, stated that the “support of LSU friends and alumni make a huge difference in the lives of graduate students like me.”
Bui, a Department of Finance student, agreed.

“This fellowship provides me with not only more financial assistance but also motivations to work hard and produce high-quality research,” Bui said.

Taylor was thankful as well, calling the fellowship an indication of the high level of commitment to research at the E. J. Ourso College.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected from among the high quality first-year Ph.D. students in the Rucks Department of Management and grateful to the Barnidge family for encouraging and supporting business research at LSU,” Taylor said.

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit      

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013