Graduate School News


In the Spotlight: Abah Omale, Department of Geology & Geophysics

Abah Omale is a second-year doctoral student at the Department of Geology and Geophysics. His work primarily explores the interaction between tectonics and sedimentation, specifically studying areas in the Gulf of Mexico. The Nigeria native aspires to be an exploration geologists and to teach geology at the higher education level.

Omale recently received a grant from the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, which will fund research on fault reactivations to indicate changes in the strength of the lithosphere.

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In the Spotlight: Professor Shannon Walsh, School of Theatre

Professor Shannon Walsh is a professor at LSU’s School of Theatre. Her research interests include topics in women’s and gender studies, critical race theory, performance studies, and physical fitness. Professor Walsh recently served as co-head of the PhD program at the School of Theatre, and will soon become director of the new resident’s college.

Last fall, she helped initiate the Baton Rouge Theatre Coalition, which is a group of teachers and art leaders who are invested in thinking strategically about how to ensure continued growth of theatre for social change in all communities. “We share the same talent— actors and designers— so it is important to communicate to ensure we are taking the best care of them by creating spaces of acceptance and inclusivity,” she says.

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 In the Spotlight: Elahe Russell, Office of Accounting Services

Elahe Russell is the director of Financial Accounting & Reporting for LSU’s Office of Accounting Services. Russell oversees financial statements for LSU and related entities, investment and cash management, debt issuance, student billing and receivables, and more.

“Higher education is a constantly evolving, energetic arena with a sole aim of supporting the academic goals of our students andfuture community leaders,” she says. “There is no greater feeling than having a hand in the future of our city, state, and country.”

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In the Spotlight: David Reeves, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

David Reeves is a doctoral student at the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. His current research focuses on the ecological function of fish and other species, specifically in the Gulf of Mexico around oil platforms.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently named Reeves a 2017 Science Policy Fellow, providing him the opportunity to enhance his research skills in natural resources management.

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 In the Spotlight: Professor J. Brenton Stewart, School of Library & Information Science

Professor J. Brenton Stewart is an assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). His research focuses on print culture history, including 19th century medical and agricultural journals. He also studies academic libraries in the lives of African Americans, LGBTQ students, and other distinct populations.

“I’m most passionate about the changes we’ve made to the SLIS curriculum since I arrived at LSU four years ago,” he says.

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In the Spotlight: Professor Bryan McCann, Department of Communication Studies

Professor Bryan McCann is a professor of Rhetoric and Cultural Studies at LSU's Department of Communication Studies. His work primarily explores the racialized and gendered politics about criminal justice in the United States. In his recently published book, The Mark of Criminality: Rhetoric, Race, and Gangsta Rap in the War-on-Crime Era, Professor McCann delves into the intersection of gangsta rap, black masculinity, and politics during the "war-on-crime" era in the 1980s and 1990s.

"The war-on-crime era was a culturally messy period, but you also had incredibly successful figures and artists who retooled criminality and black masculinity," he says.

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LSU Graduate School to participate as affiliate partner in PhD Career Pathways project

The LSU Graduate School will participate as an affiliate partner in the PhD Career Pathways project, which is a coalition of universities to better understand career preferences and outcomes for PhD students coming together. The multi-year project, which is sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), will collect survey data for member institutions to use and analyze PhD preferences for current and prospective students, strengthen career services and professional development opportunities, and increase mentoring in doctoral programs.

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LSU Graduate School forms partnership with City Year of Baton Rouge

The LSU Graduate School recently formed a "Give a Year Partnership" with City Year of Baton Rouge. City Year, an AmeriCorp organization, focuses on educational enrichment for Baton Rouge's schools by providing supplemental and instructional support.

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2017 New Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate School will host the new graduate student orientation on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the LSU Student Union. Any student who began a graduate program during the spring, summer, or upcoming fall semesters is welcome to attend the orientation.

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In the Spotlight: Louis Garcia, Department of Geology & Geophysics

"I specifically chose LSU because of my professor, Dr. Karen Luttrell, who is doing absolutely amazing work with the hydrothermal system at Yellowstone National Park."

Louis Garcia, a Ph.D student in LSU Geology & Geophysics, shares his interests and talks about what led him to graduate studies at LSU.

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In the Spotlight: Professor Ann Marie Stanley, School of Music

Professor Ann Marie Stanley at the LSU School of Music is passionate about her teaching and research in Music Education.

"I was always lucky to have mentors for multiple facets of my graduate work, like job hunting, conference attendance, and article writing, and I’m trying to emulate those helpful folks in my own work with my LSU students.”

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In the Spotlight: Stephanie Clark, The Graduate School

The graduate staff spotlight member for July is one of our own! Meet Stephanie Clark, Document Processing and Archival Coordinator for the LSU Graduate School.

"Nearly all documentation associated with an applicant comes through my office multiple times during the life cycle of a student's file," she says.

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 2017 Summer Institute on the Future of Graduate Studies

The Summer Institute on the Future of Graduate Studies is a three-week program for graduate faculty and
graduate students that focuses on a key range of issues with a particular emphasis on current students and
retention. Issues ranged from an exploration of best practices in graduate studies policies, through exploration of collaborative initiatives in pedagogy and curriculum, to mentoring and collaborative work.

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Whether it’s about an interesting research project or your day-to-day experience at LSU, we would love to share your story! We invite you to nominate members of the graduate student community— students, faculty, and staff— for our spotlight. Click here for more information and nomination instructions.