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Student Achievements

When you arrive at LSU, you become a part of a distinguished group of students. LSU's students have distinguished themselves in business, education, science, the arts, sports, entertainment and many other areas. 

 

Truman Scholarship 

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has announced that LSU senior Chauncey Stephens, a native of Gonzales, La., has been awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Fifty-four new Truman Scholars were selected in 2016. 

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Scoville Peace fellowship

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Ogden Honors College senior Marlee Pittman, a native of Baton Rouge, La., has been awarded a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. She is the first LSU student to receive this prestigious fellowship, and one of three fellows selected for the fall of 2016.

sean o'keefe leadership award

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LSU Senior and Student Government President Andrew Mahtook received the second annual Sean O’Keefe Leadership Award. President F. King Alexander presented the $10,000 cash award to Mahtook, a finance major from Lafayette, La. 


 

Five current students or recent LSU graduates were recognized by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, as 2017 Graduate Research Fellows, and six others received honorable mention. 

The LSU poultry judging team won numerous awards at this year’s U.S. Poultry Foundation Ted Cameron National Poultry Judging Contest held April 5-7 on the LSU Baton Rouge campus.The LSU team placed first overall in the contest, and four team members were named overall finalists.Individual winners from LSU were Kurtlyn Givens of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, who was the overall high individual in the contest, David Smith, of Opelousas, second high individual; Nicole Cutrer, of Covington, fourth high individual; and Chris Harris, of Baton Rouge, fifth high individual overall.

Public Relations Student Society of America at LSU received first place in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition at the PRSSA National Conference, which took place from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Student-run public relations firm 225 Communications partnered with Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency to design and execute a semester-long educational campaign for Public Relations Campaigns, a Manship School of Mass Communication capstone course.  

LSU junior and Houma native, Megan Manno, was awarded the TD Ameritrade Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Lauren West, a Manship School master’s student, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. West, a native of Tulsa, OK, will teach English to Russian college students at Murom Institute, Vladimir State University in Murom, Vladimir Oblast, Russia. 

LSU doctoral student and native Brazilian Glaucia Del-Rio is the first in the College of Science to receive the American Association of University Women, or AAUW, doctoral fellowship. The AAUW has been awarding the fellowship since 1888 making it the oldest non-institutional source of graduate funding for women in the United States.

Thirty-two students were selected to participate in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) Summer Scholars Program, an introduction to biomedical research through research-driven activities. The 2016 Summer Scholars Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Merial Veterinary Scholar Program, the Morris Animal Foundation, the Kenneth F. Burns Trust, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Zoetis and the LSU SVM.

Congratulations to Louisiana State University’s “Geaux FlexSim” team, winners of the 2015 SHS/FlexSim student competition.  The LSU team left Houston with the victory, $2,500, and a free trip to the conference.

A team of five third-year LSU School of Architecture students, led by Professional in Residence William Doran, recently won best in show at a design charette hosted by the Hattiesburg Arts Council. 

Representatives of the Hattiesburg Arts Council invited three student teams from regional universities—Louisiana State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the University of Southern Mississippi—to propose designs for a new Community Arts Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The project focused on the rehabilitation of the former Hattiesburg American newspaper building recently donated to the Arts Council.

 

Manship and Ogden Honors College senior Valencia Richardson has been awarded a Fulbright Binational Internship in Mexico. Richardson’s internship will take place in Mexico City for 10 months where she’ll be placed in an internship and take graduate classes. 

Julia Terese, of Shreveport, Louisiana, an LSU College of Agriculture senior studying nutrition and food sciences, received the Irene Toliver Pyburn Merit Award from the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The award is given to an outstanding Louisiana college senior focused on dietetics. 

The LSU poultry judging team took numerous awards at this year’s U.S. Poultry Foundation Ted Cameron National Poultry Judging Contest held April 6-8. The team placed second overall in the contest and won a number of the other awards including:

  • Third high team in production judging
  • First high team in breed selection judging
  • Third high team in market products grading

Individual winners from LSU were Trent Dugas, who was the overall high individual in the contest, and Emily LeBlanc, the fourth high individual overall. 

Manship digital advertising students have won the regional round of the National Student Advertising Competition in Johnson City, Tenn., for the second year in a row. They will move on to the semi-finals, where eight schools will be chosen for the finals in Anaheim, Calf., in June. The American Advertising Federation sponsors the competition. 
LSU senior Hannah McLain of Baton Rouge has won Ketchum’s Mindfire Advil Big Switch Campaign Challenge. McLain’s idea was selected as the best out of submissions from students from 50 of the top universities from around the world. McLain is the second LSU School of Mass Communication student to win a Ketchum Mindfire Challenge. 

Manship student JoLena Broussard was awarded a 2016 Daniel J. Edelman and Ruth Edelman Public Relations Student Society of America Award. JoLena received a $1,500 scholarship and a three-month paid internship at one of Edelman’s U.S. offices of her choice.

LSU College of Agriculture students Cobey Hendry, Sarah Ainsworth, Spencer Tindal and Trent Dugas placed second at the American Society of Animal Science’s Southern Regional Academic Quadrathlon. The students participated in a lab practicum, written exam, oral presentation and quiz bowl.  
Four students from the College of Art & Design were awarded Hearst scholarships. 
Manship senior Taylor Curet has placed second in the TV Features Competition of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. 
Annemarie Galeucia, a PhD candidate in the department of Geography and Anthropology, is a recipient of the 2016 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. The award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.
One LSU and two BRCC students were recognized for their outstanding poster presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, or ABRCMS, held in Seattle, Wash. Nov. 11-14. Brandon Byrd, Ryan LeBlanc and Meagan Moore won awards for their poster presentations in the areas of chemistry and neuroscience.
LSU Law Center students achieved the state’s highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released Oct. 9 by the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The results are for test takers who sat for the statewide bar examination in July 2015.
Manship School of Mass Communication students at LSU received second place in the National Organ Donation Awareness Competition, or NODAC, on Nov. 9, for creating and executing a campaign for Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, or LOPA, to spread awareness of organ donation across campus. 
LSU Honors College senior Zachary Fitzpatrick has been named a finalist in the 2014-15 Rhodes Scholarship competition.
Catherine Traylor, a West Monroe native and a junior majoring in finance at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, recently received $5,000 as a TD Ameritrade Institutional scholarship winner. TD Ameritrade selected 10 Next Gen Scholarship winners and invited them to New York City for a visit to Wall Street this week. The group walked the famed trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange and rang the closing bell to help raise awareness of the career opportunities in financial planning.
Two students from LSU – Logan de La Barre-Hays, a native of Jackson, Miss., and Ryan Sartor, a native of Metairie, La. – have each been awarded the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, or CLS, to study critical needs languages during the summer of 2014.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has announced that LSU junior Marlee Pittman of Baton Rouge has been awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Approximately 60 Truman Scholarships are awarded nationwide annually.
LSU’s Erin Percevault, a native of Verona, N.J., was selected by the Landscape Architecture Foundation as the undergraduate winner of the 2014 Olmsted Scholars Program, the premier national award and recognition program for landscape architecture students.
  
LSU students Brandon Oubre of Norco and Paxton Turner of Baton Rouge have been awarded the prestigious, nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and Rachael Keller of West Monroe and Paul Koenig of Zachary received Honorable Mention.
Erin Kenna, Manship School of Mass Communication senior and PRSSA at LSU public relations director, has been awarded the inaugural Ruth Edelman Award for achievement in women’s leadership development. Kenna will receive $1,500 and a three-month paid internship in Edelman’s Chicago office.
LSU School of Social Work graduate student Sarah Backstrom was chosen as the National Association of Social Workers, or NASW, Louisiana chapter’s Outstanding Master of Social Work, or MSW, Student of the Year.
Atianna Cordova, a third-year undergraduate student enrolled in the LSU School of Architecture, is the first LSU architecture student to be named a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar.
LSU junior Jonathan Lambert of Madisonville has been named an Udall Scholar by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Lambert becomes LSU’s third Udall Scholar, joining 2007 recipient Nita Clark, a native of Baker, and 2010 recipient Anna Normand, a native of Opelousas. In addition to Lambert, junior Erin Percevault, a native of Verona, N.J., was named an Udall Honorable Mention.
LSU students Bruno Beltran of Sulphur and Corey Landry of Denham Springs have been awarded the prestigious, nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and Zachary Fitzpatrick of Holden 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 Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has announced that LSU juniors Catherine Fontenot of Basile, La., and Matthew Landrieu of New Orleans are among 62 students nationwide to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship.
The National Black Graduate Student Association Inc., or NBGSA, is pleased to announce the election of Jerry Whitmore Jr. as the vice president for Membership Affairs during the organization’s 25th national conference in Dearborn, Mich.
The College of Human Sciences & Education is pleased to announce that Amanda Lehman, a Master of Library and Information Science, or MLIS, student at LSU, is the winner of the Special Libraries Association, or SLA, Sci-Tech Division Free Student Membership Contest.  
John Shackelford, a graduate student in LSU’s Department of Food Science, will work as a lead chef for the event, manning the kitchen that serves some of the tournament’s corporate sponsors.
LSU juniors Catherine Fontenot of Basile, La., and Matthew Landrieu of New Orleans have been selected as a finalists for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, awarded by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.

The LSU Women’s Powerlifting Club took home its fourth national championship at the USA Powerlifting Collegiate Nationals on April 20 in Killen, Texas. The team has previously won championships in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

In addition to bringing back another team title to Baton Rouge, several Tiger lifters were crowned individual national champions. Allegra Hudson in the 103-pound weight class, Kayli Alphonso in the 114-pound weight class and Ariel Parker in the 184-pound class all earned first-place honors. Additionally, Team Captain Jackie Victoriano also picked up a third-place medal in the 138-pound class.

Students enrolled in LSU’s marketing independent study course recently competed in the fifth annual Bayou Sales Challenge and captured the top two spots in the event. Nicholls State University’s College of Business Administration sponsored the challenge, which was held in April. Jessica Stryk, a native of Richmond, Texas, and Kaitlin Jarnagin, a native of Richland, Wash., placed first and second, respectively, in the individual competition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

 

Derrick Lathan, a Baton Rouge native and sophomore graphic design student at LSU, was recently named a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, according to the LSU College of Art & Design.
Four LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellows were recently selected to the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.
A group of faculty from the LSU AgCenter and LSU’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness was recently awarded $238,500 from the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship, or NNF, Grants Program to provide three Ph.D. fellowships beginning in August 2012. The department was one of only 12 recipients of this prestigious fellowship, which are awarded in the areas of food and agricultural sciences.
 The National Business Incubation Association, or NBIA, has awarded the NBIA Soft Landings International Incubator designation to the LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center.
The New Leaders Council, or NLC, has selected LSU College of Education graduate student Bruce Parker as a 2012 Fellow. The fellowship is given to 15 to 20 young progressive leaders in the state each year. The fellows participate in intensive training sessions aimed at promoting personal and professional development including messaging, fundraising, organizing political campaigns and career planning.
LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences Associate Professor Andrew Sluyter has been awarded a fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies, or ACLS, for the upcoming academic year.
 LSU junior Leslie Leavoy of DeRidder, La., has been selected as a finalist for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, awarded by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.
 LSU’s Ryan Orgera, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography & Anthropology, has been named a finalist for the 2012 Presidential Management Fellows, or PMF, program, a prestigious and highly competitive program administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. MaryAnn O’Brien, a student at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, was also named a finalist.
Senior biology major and supplemental instruction, or SI, leader Hunter Chapman competed with SI leaders from all over the globe to garner one the nation’s top awards in supplemental instruction. Chapman, besting SI leaders from Australia, Canada, Sweden, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, will receive the International Award for Supplemental Instruction during the 7th International Conference on Supplemental Instruction in San Diego, Calif., May 30 through June 1.
Felix Francis and Jake Fountain, two master’s degree candidates in the LSU Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, earned respective first- and second-place honors for student papers submitted during the 89th annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, or APS, Southern Division, held Feb. 5-6 in Birmingham, Ala.

 

LSU graduate student Nathanial Gilbert and Professor of Biological Sciences Marcia Newcomer, together with Associate Professor Sue Bartlett, have developed the first 3-D model of Human 5-Lipoxygenase, or 5-LOX, the molecule responsible for creating inflammatory compounds that provoke asthma. This model will serve as a target for the design of new, more effective asthma medication.

Andrew Kimbrough, assistant professor of theatre at the University of Kentucky and a graduate of the Ph.D program at LSU, has written a theatre and performance studies book, “Dramatic Theories of Voice in the Twentieth Century.” 

Published by Cambria Press, the book examines vocal expression as a vital medium of communication in the theatre.  “Dramatic Theories of Voice in the Twentieth Century” is the premiere book-length study to address the sounds of the human voice and to identify and examine theories of voice as conveyed in the philosophies and human sciences. 

Chris Belser, a master’s degree candidate in the College of Education, has received an American School Counselor Association, or ASCA, Foundation Scholarship Award, one of up to 10 given annually by the organization. Belser is the first LSU student to win this award.
A group of undergraduate students from the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness recently took second place honors in a case study competition held by the National Grocers Association, or NGA. 
Rachel Faxon Hill of Gonzales, a dietetics undergraduate student in the LSU School of Human Ecology’s Division of Human Nutrition & Food, was recently named by the Louisiana Dietetics Association, or LDA, as its Outstanding Student in a Didactic Program award winner.   
Matt Marcantonio, junior journalism major in the Manship School of Mass Communication and a student worker at the LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center, has received an editorial internship with Sports Illustrated magazine in New York City for the summer. 
LSU junior Mytrang Do of Baton Rouge has been awarded a prestigious, nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and LSU junior Winston Capps of Slidell received Honorable Mention. 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.
The LSU Office of Student Media’s Advertising and Marketing Department received two first-time awards at the College Newspaper Business & Advertising Managers, or CNBAM, national convention held in Nashville, Tenn., from March 31 to April 3.

Annabel Mellon, LSU Student Media senior account executive and mass communication junior, was named CNBAM Student Advertising Sales Representative of the Year. Kodi Wilson, LSU Student Media advertising & marketing manager, was named Advisor of the Year.
Chasse Duplantis of Houma, a master’s student at LSU, recently won a coveted first-place honor in the recent Music Teacher’s National Association, or MTNA, Young Artist Competition, held in Milwaukee on March 28.
Twenty-three Louisiana students traveled to Los Angeles last week to compete in the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition. Several Louisiana students from Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lafayette who competed in this year’s international fair received category awards, special awards, scholarships and cash prizes.
LSU graduate student Danielle LaRock of Virginia Beach, Va., along with alumni Dana Tumblin of St. Rose and Keith Courville, a native of New Iberia who now resides in Baton Rouge, have been named finalists for the 2011 Presidential Management Fellows, or PMF, program, a prestigious and highly competitive program administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

The LSU student architecture journal Contexture: Freshly Cut, led by student editors Kristen Kelsch and Jonathan LeJune, recently won the 2011 Douglas Haskell Award for student architecture journals. The $1,000 award was given by the Center for Architecture Foundation, which is a New York based nonprofit organization.

Jones Nji from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at LSU won second place in the Ph.D. Student Paper Competition at the 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, Pressure Vessel and Piping, or PVP, international conference. The conference was held in Baltimore, Md., on July 18-21.

In the Ph.D. category of the student paper competition, 20 finalists were selected from all around the world. Pre-selection of the finalists was based on written paper content and counted for 70 percent of the total score. The remaining 30 percent of the score was based on presentation effectiveness by the student author. Jones Nji was the only finalist from the United States.

Students in LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture recently garnered five national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, or ASLA, Student Award program—the most of any other university with students who submitted work.

For the second consecutive year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently recognized the campus chapter at LSU as a Chapter of Excellence.

The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

Chad Freeman, a first-year master’s student in the LSU Higher Education Program from Marietta, Ga., has been selected for the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, or NASPA, Graduate Associates Program, or GAP, for the inaugural 2011-2012 year. 
Seven client companies of the LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center, or LBTC, have been named to the 2011 Inc. 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing, private companies in America. These LBTC graduate companies are General Informatics, inoLECT, Geocent, Medical Management Options, PMOLink, PreSonus Audio Electronics and Window World of Baton Rouge.
At the annual Knights of Columbus College Council Conference Christ the King Council 15064 at LSU has received the 2010-11 Community Activity Award.
The LSU Office of Student Media’s advertising department was a big winner at the Fall 2011 Southern University Newspapers, or SUN, Conference. For the second year in a row, the advertising department at LSU’s student newspaper, The Daily Reveille, took home the coveted “SUNNY,” which is awarded to the SUN Conference school that garnered the most points in the advertising competition. Last year was the first year LSU had won such an honor.
Michelle Pence and Shaughan Keaton, both doctoral candidates in the Department of Communication Studies at LSU, have been selected to serve on the executive board of the International Listening Association, or ILA.
Much like its performance on the field, LSU received high rankings in the classroom in a study released Monday, Dec. 5, of the 70 Football Bowl Subdivision schools that will participate in the upcoming college football bowl season.

LSU ranks eighth among the 70 bowl teams in Graduation Success Rate and tied for 12th among all bowl teams in the Academic Progress Rate.

 

One LSU and two BRCC students were recognized for their outstanding poster presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, or ABRCMS, held in Seattle, Wash. Nov. 11-14. Brandon Byrd, Ryan LeBlanc and Meagan Moore won awards for their poster presentations in the areas of chemistry and neuroscience.
The Beta Xi Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon at LSU received a $500 award from Kodak after winning first place in the Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera Contest. The chapter received the award at the Pi Sigma Epsilon National Convention, held April 7-11 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis.
A team of four students from the LSU Department of Finance will travel to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 20, to compete in the CFA Institute’s Investment Research Challenge regional competition. Five teams, including the one from LSU, were selected from a three-state area to compete in this portion of the event, with the winner advancing to the national finals in New York City.
LSU Manship School of Mass Communication student Alyson Neel of Covington has been selected as one of eight winners of the 2009-10 Tom W. Dutton Scholarship Award at LSU. The award is presented by the Office of Campus Life to female students for outstanding service to the university community through participation and leadership in service activities while attending LSU.
At the 25th Annual Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Athletic Training Student Symposium, four LSU undergraduate students from the College of Education Department of Kinesiology received six of 16 possible awards for their clinical case studies, more than any other participating university.
Three LSU students – Reggie Galjour of Cut Off, La.; Joel Raborn of Baton Rouge; and Devon Wade of Houston – have been selected as finalists for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, awarded by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.
LSU Honors College junior Anna Normand of Opelousas has been named an Udall Scholar by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Normand becomes LSU's second Udall Scholar, joining 2007 recipient Nita Clark, a native of Baker.
LSU Honors College senior Katherine Hollister Smith of Baton Rouge was recently awarded a fellowship worth $5,000 by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Elizabeth Sybil Durand, a doctoral student in the LSU College of Education’s Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice, has been awarded the Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color, or CNV, Fellowship, funded by the National Council of Teachers of English, or NCTE’s, research foundation.
The National Organization of Minority Architects, or NOMA, recently named its student chapter in the LSU School of Architecture as 2010 Student Chapter of the Year. The award was announced last week at the NOMA annual conference in Boston. The LSU student chapter received the award because of its impressive growth and diversity, as well as its commitment to community service. The NOMA board was also impressed with a high school mentorship program the student chapter developed and hosts on campus each spring.

LSU graduate student Christine Morgan was recently chosen as the inaugural winner of the Southeastern Museums Conference, or SEMC, President's Scholarship. Morgan is a graduate student in art history at the LSU College of Art & Design, as well as the graduate assistant for the LSU Student Union Art Gallery.

 

In May 2009, Kyle Whitfield and Amy Brittain were ranked among the top 100 student journalists in the nation according to UWIRE, a free membership organization for college student media. The UWIRE 100 were selected from more than 825 nominations – representing students from more than 135 schools – submitted by professionals, students and educators.
In April 2009, Tommy Stryjewski was selected as a winner of the nationally competitive Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Stryjewski graduated from LSU’s Honors College as a biological sciences major in 2008 and is currently attending Harvard Medical School. Each year, there are 30 Soros Fellows selected from several hundred applicants. Stryjewski is the first LSU student to be named as a Soros Fellow.

 

LSU graduate Yves Damoiseau received the highest student score on the international Certified Internal Auditor Exam, which was administered in November 2008. Damoiseau is the 17th LSU student to achieve the highest score internationally on this exam.  
A Great Starting Five: In 2008, LSU was one of only two universities in the nation to produce the combination of a Truman Scholar, four Goldwater Scholars and a USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team member this year. In addition, four LSU students were also selected as Presidential Management Fellows – another nationally prestigious award. 
For the first time ever, all four of LSU’s Goldwater finalists were chosen to receive the nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship in 2008, as selected by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
In 2008, 43 percent of LSU’s student-athletes had a G.P.A. of at least 3.0, with 32 earning a perfect 4.0. In all, 177 student-athletes were either named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll or the LSU Director’s Cup.