LSU is still the “Ole War Skule”
More than 160 years after first being established as the Louisiana State Seminary
of Learning and Military Academy, LSU still holds true to its heritage by honoring
the men and women of our armed forces through excellent student veteran services.
For example, the Student Veterans of LSU recently won chapter of the year from Student Veterans of America, while LSU Online’s MBA Program ranked as one of
the nation's top programs for veterans. In December, we celebrated an 83-year-old veteran receiving his Ph.D., and just last week LSU Shreveport opened an on-campus veterans' resource center.
LSU Demonstrates Commitment to Improving Health
The world-renowned faculty across LSU's eight campuses are wholeheartedly committed to
improving your health through research, education, outreach and medical training.
Just recently, the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing, which produces hundreds of talented professionals each year, was recently ranked #10 in the top 100 nursing schools and #4 among public schools. Researchers at LSUHSC-NO produced a potential breakthrough for Alzheimer's treatment after researchers found that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can
greatly benefit Alzheimer's patients. LSUHSC-NO scientists also discovered a protein
that can stop the spread of breast cancer. LSU student Megan Moore created the world’s first 3-D printed full body human phantom to advance research on radiation therapy. And
lastly, the DASH diet, developed by researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, was named the #2 best overall diet in the nation.
LSU’s Standard for Education is Excellence
As Louisiana’s flagship university, LSU's mission includes providing an excellent
higher education experience. LSU's STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) was recently acknowledged for its incredible success in increasing retention and
graduation rates among engineering students.
LSU's School of Education launched a monthly newsletter called "Best Practices" to provide parents, educators and policymakers with solutions to commonly faced problems.
The University’s commitment to providing an excellent education for its students extends
beyond the campus gates and on to K-12 students. LSU Engineering students developed 3-D tools to help Baton Rouge school children learn mathematics. For the fourth consecutive
year, LSU hosted more than 800 sixth graders from East Baton Rouge so they keep they focus on the pathways to college. And Professor Margaret-Mary
Sulentic Dowell was honored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with the Light Up for Literacy Award for her dedication to improving the lives of young children through literacy and
LSU Protects the Gulf Coast and Promotes Environmental Sustainability
One of LSU’s greatest responsibilities is to conduct research that helps protect our
invaluable coastal environment and natural resources. Demonstrating our recent success
in this area, three LSU assistant professors were recently awarded seed funding to test the efficiency of their research on hurricanes wind, rain, storm surge and
Boyd Professor of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences R. Eugene Turner recently published
research proposing a new, cost-effective way to prevent coastal erosion and protect Louisiana’s wetlands. In order to better understand
the species occupying these waters, LSU has received support from the National Science
Foundation to begin an unprecedented study of fish that can walk. Meanwhile, on dry land, the LSU Department of Chemistry faculty discovered a new internal structure for the nation’s most economically important agricultural
plant – corn. This research is especially critical since corn is used for ethanol
LSU Students and Faculty Rack Up National Accolades
LSU faculty and students are relentless in their pursuit of excellence, and their
efforts are often recognized both nationally and internationally. Dean of LSU's College of the Coast & Environment Chris D’Elia was named a Fellow of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology
and Oceanography in recognition of his exceptional track record as a coastal scientist. Additionally,
Professor Don Chance of the Department of Finance was named Australia’s Macquarie
Faculty of Business and Economics Visiting International Scholar.
Emmy Hicks, a Master of Public Administration student at LSU, has been awarded entry into the American Society for Public Administration's 2019
Class of Founders’ Fellows. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation named engineering Ph.D.
student Matthew Jordan a Cooke Graduate Scholar. And Mobina Shafaati, a finance Ph.D. candidate, received funding from the Canadian
Derivatives Institute for her research examining the measurement of the effects of
sudden and extreme price movements on the risk of individual stocks.
Finally, undergraduate student Chase Anselmo and Ph.D. candidate Takashi Taguchi were
awarded grants from Sigma Xi, the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists
and engineers, for their research regarding biology and behavioral ecology.
LSU Celebrates Louisiana's Unique and Rich Cultural Assets
As part of its strategic plan, LSU is proud to contribute and enhance the creativity
that sets our state apart from the rest of the nation. To illustrate this, the LSU Wind Ensemble has been chosen from among dozens of other peer collegiate ensembles to perform at
the College Band Directors National Association National Convention later this month.
And with carnival season quickly approaching, Professor Naohiro Kato of LSU’s Department of Biological Sciences is continuing to create biodegradable Mardi Gras beads using microalgae to avoid clogging the streets of New Orleans with tons of plastic