Ten LSU Students Awarded Discover Scholar Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

LSU Discover Scholars

LSU Discover Scholar Awardees from L to R: Monica Music, Jacob Bursavich, Madeline LeBlanc, Anna Madden, Amanda Fontenot, Khang Pham, Sarah Whitlow, Matthew Thomas, Alyssa Hebert, Taylor PerniniPhoto: LSU Discover

BATON ROUGE –The LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program is pleased to announce the 2018 Discover Scholar awardees. This award recognizes students who exemplify the potential for undergraduate research and creative endeavors at LSU. Undergraduate researchers work alongside faculty mentors on research projects which expand their educational experience beyond the classroom and contribute to the world’s larger body of knowledge.

LSU Discover congratulates the 2018 Discover Scholar Awardees and thanks their faculty mentors. All awardees were honored at a ceremony with LSU Vice Provost Matt Lee on March 6.

The 2018 LSU Discover awardees are as follows:

Amanda Fontenot, a native of Cypress, Texas
College of the Coast & Environment| Coastal Environmental Science
Mentor: John White, John and Catherine Day Professor of Oceanography & Coastal Science, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Alyssa Hebert, a native of Madisonville, La.
E. J. Ourso College of Business | Finance
Mentor: Kurtay Ogunc, Department of Finance instructor

Matthew Thomas, a native of Houma, La.
College of Engineering | Civil Engineering
Mentor: Aly-Mousaad Aly, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering assistant professor

Khang Pham, a native of Houma, La.
College of Science | Physics
Mentor: Catherine Deibel, associate professor of physics

Jacob Bursavich, a native of Baton Rouge, La.
College of Engineering | Biological Engineering
Mentor: Dorin Boldor, Charles P. Siess Jr. Professor

Anna Madden, a native of Denham Springs, La. 
College of Humanities & Social Sciences | Psychology
Mentor: Steven Greening, assistant professor of psychology

Sarah Whitlow, a native of Central, La.
College of Science | Biological Sciences
Mentor: Karen Maruska, assistant professor of biological sciences

Madeline LeBlanc, a native of Sunshine, La.
College of the Coast & Environment| Coastal Environmental Science
Mentor: Robert Twilley, executive director, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program

Monica Music, a native of Princeton, Texas
College of Music & Dramatic Arts | Music
Mentor: Robert Grayson, Edith Killgore Kirkpatrick Professor of Voice

Taylor Pernini, a native of Atlanta, Ga.
College of Humanities & Social Sciences | English
Mentor: Chris Barrett, assistant professor of English

For more information on LSU Discover, visit www.lsu.edu/discover or email lsudiscover@lsu.edu.



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