05/22/2014 03:19 PM
BATON ROUGE – The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana recently held its 2014 Stewardship
Awards Banquet, and the LSU EnvironMentors program was recognized with a Coastal Stewardship
Award. This award comes on the heels of the LSU EnvionMentors chapter being named
the 2013 national chapter of the year and student Pernell Glover winning the Patrick
Lalley Memorial Award for Excellence in Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Research.
“We feel so honored that the LSU EnvironMentors chapter has become successful enough
to receive local and national recognition,” said Valerie Derouen, chapter coordinator.
“It really helps validate the work we put into running the program and pushes us to
improve to reach even more students.”
LSU EnvironMentors is a unique afterschool mentoring program that educates youth about
Louisiana’s coastal environment through scientific research projects and field trips.
Its main goal is to mentor and motivate high school students who are underrepresented
in the sciences and to increase environmental literacy and awareness by focusing on
environmental issues facing Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.
Glover’s Patrick Lalley Memorial Award for Excellence in Wildlife and Biodiversity
Conservation Research includes a $500 scholarship. His winning project was titled
“Which species is the better algae controller: A comparative study.” Pernell is a
high school junior from Baton Rouge, and this is his second year in the LSU EnvironMentors
program. He has interests in majoring in criminal justice and education.
EnvironMentors is a collaborative, award-winning, and proven college access program
involving at-risk high school youth and volunteer university STEM, or Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math, student mentors. EnvironMentors pairs inner city Baton Rouge
high school students with university student mentors at a 1-to-2 ratio for weekly
environmental science-related activities over the course of the school year, culminating
in a national science competition in Washington, D.C.; and an overnight trip to conduct
field research in the coastal waters of South Louisiana at LUMCON, a marine center
uniquely situated in the heart of the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi
River deltaic plain.
“EnvironMentors is a program that provides opportunities for students who may not
normally get them but are just as capable,” Derouen said. “The personal mentoring
aspect of EnvironMentors has a strong impact on these students and sets the program
apart from other high school science programs. I enjoy being a part of a program that
places value on developing scientific skills and inspiring students to pursue higher
The three-year-old EnvironMentors program averages 45 participants per year, representing
approximately 15 high school students and 30 university students majoring in STEM-related
curricula. The LSU Chapter of EnvironMentors is housed in the School of the Coast
& Environment and is partnered with LSU College of Human Sciences & Education’s LSYOU
program and Louisiana Sea Grant.
For more information on EnvironMentors, visit http://environmentors.lsu.edu/.
Now in its 19th year, the Coastal Stewardship Awards are the highest form of recognition offered by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the coast, and have made significant contributions to the preservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is the protection and restoration of a sustainable coastal Louisiana. For more information, visit http://www.crcl.org/.
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014