LSU senior awarded Alpha Lambda Delta Mariam Shelden Graduate Fellowship

Nika Khorsandi


BATON ROUGE, La – April 17, 2017 – LSU student and Lafayette native, Nika Khorsandi was awarded the Alpha Lambda Delta Miriam Shelden Graduate Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

ALD is a national honor society for first year students, who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and rank in the top 20 percent of their class. Eligible students are invited to join ALD after their first semester or year at a university. The LSU ALD Chapter is advised by LSU First Year Experience (FYE), a unit on campus dedicated to helping first year students’ transition to college. The LSU Chapter is co-advised by FYE director, Dr. Missy Korduner and Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising instructor, Mrs. Elva Bourgeois. The National office of ALD awards the Miriam Shelden Graduate Fellowship to members who are pursuing a graduate degree to help offset the cost of graduate and professional studies.  

Khorsandi is currently a senior in the LSU College of Science majoring in Biology. He will be pursuing a dual degree through LSU Health Sciences Center’s Doctor of Medicine and Master’s of Public Health Program (MD/MPH) in New Orleans. Through the ALD Miriam Shelden Graduate Fellowship he will be awarded $3,000 to help further his education.

Khorsandi was originally inducted in LSU’s ALD Chapter in 2014. He was drawn to the University’s Chapter because it was a group of academically driven freshman, and he enjoyed that it celebrated academic accomplishments. Khorsandi said, “I wanted to be a part of it,” he continued, “It connected me to a lot of other hardworking students in different majors and I got to see what being academically driven meant in the other majors like humanities and arts not just the sciences.” Khorsandi also credits being involved in LSU’s ALD Chapter as a motivator for staying on top of his grades and course work throughout his time at LSU.

Khorsandi believes that being awarded the ALD Mariam Shelden Graduate Fellowship has afforded him the chance to pursue leadership opportunities in his future graduate studies. He said, “Through the career path I’ve selected (MD/MPH), I believe I have the chance to be a leader in medicine. I want to concentrate in health policy and administration and I plan to learn how to make those areas more efficient and affordable. Being awarded this fellowship will help me get to that point.”

In addition to being a member of the LSU ALD Chapter, Khorsandi is heavily involved in the production of LSU Dance Marathon, Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Med Society) and the National Society of Leadership and Success. He also enjoys giving back to the community. He believes that his time at LSU has made him develop into a community-driven person. He said, “I’ve learned a lot about my major and academics and I think you can find that at any school. But at LSU it’s really about how you can apply that to the community to improve it and how can you make a positive impact on the community around you.” He plans to take this mindset with him as he pursues his graduate studies.

For more information about LSU’s Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter or First Year Experience, contact FYE at 225-578-1188 or visit

FYE provides the resources and support that students need to make their first year at LSU a success. FYE offers programming for prospective and first year students, transfer students, and student veterans. For more information about FYE, please visit