2020-21 Scholarships and Awards

Special Recognition




Fulbright Lectureship in Energy, Environment and Sustainability Presented by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship program ENVS Slawomir Lomnicki

AAAS Member-at-Large

Presented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science DOCS

Kam-biu Liu

NAS 2019 Early Career Research Fellowship

Presented by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program  ENVS

Rebeca de Jesús Crespo

National Wetlands Award

 Presented by the Environmental Law Institute  DOCS

John Day

American Chemical Society

Served as delegate to the UN Climate Change Conference in Santiago, Chile CES

Jack Green

Western Dredging Association Scholarship

Presented by the Western Dredging Association CES

Kendall Brome


Coastal Management Fellow (2020-22) Presented by NOAA and state management agencies  

Kerrin Toner

Outstanding Performance Recognition Award
Presented by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness DOCS

Robert Rohli

Rubayet Bin Mostafiz

AAG Fellow
Presented by the American Association of Geographers ENVS

Nina Lam

2020 Wes Tunnell Lifetime Recognition for Gulf Science and Conservation
Presented by the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative CC&E

Chuck Wilson, retired CC&E professor and Louisiana Sea Grant Director Emeritus

Gulf Guardian Award, 2nd Place
Presented by the Environmental Protection Agency  

LSU EnvironMentors



CC&E  Awards




Candace Chun Memorial Scholarship Recognizes CES and ENVS students with a 3.25 GPA. This scholarship is renewable and gives special consideration to women and minorities. Generously donated by Dr. Edward Laws, in memory of his sister-in-law. CES/ENVS

Madeline Fryer

Mercedes Pinzon

Olivia Hurley 

Ruth Daniels


Bert Turner Memorial Scholarship

Recognizes full-time CES students based on merit and financial need.Generously donated by Moo and Martin Svendson, in memory of Moo’s father, Bert Turner



Annie Lamke

Andrew L. “Drew” Wilbert Memorial Scholarship Recognizes a CES sophomore, junior, or senior with 3.25 GPA. Generously donated by family and friends, in memory of Drew Wilbert .

CES Victoria Nguyen
Anne Atherton Adrian Endowed Scholarship

Recognizes an outstanding junior or senior pursuing a CES degree with a 3.0 GPA who intends to pursue a private sector career. Generously donated by George and Susan Atherton with matching funds from ExxonMobil, in honor of Anne Atherton Adrian.

 CES  Jacob Cheng
Coypu Endowed Scholarship in Coastal Environmental Science for Workforce Development Recognizes a sophomore, junior, or senior pursuing a CES degree with a 3.0 GPA who intends to pursue a career working on the societal and environmental needs of coastal regions. Generously donated by the Coypu Foundation.

 CES  Hannah Orff
Richard A. & Joseph Lipsey, Jr. Graduate Student Scholarship Incentive Awards

Honors top-level, incoming graduate students with a 3.0 GPA. Generously donated by the families of Richard and Joseph Lipsey, Jr. 


Joseph French

Weylin Gilbert


Joseph Lipsey, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Award Recognizes a DOCS student for his/her research, with preference given to those planning to stay in Louisiana after graduation. Generously donated by Richard and Joseph, Jr, in memory of their father, Joseph Lipsey, Sr.

 DOCS  Katelyn Lamb

William H. Patrick, Jr., PhD Scholarship for Wetlands Expertise

Recognizes a DOCS student with a 3.5 GPA who is studying wetlands. Generously donated by Dr. Ruth Patrick and the late Dr. William Patrick.


Yadav Sapkota

Mario Hernandez

Donnie Day

Dr. Theodore B. “Ted” Ford, III Memorial Fellowship Recognizes a graduate student with a 3.0 GPA researching marine fisheries. Generously donated by the Ford family, in memory of Ted Ford, LSU professor emeritus in marine sciences, and former Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. DOCS/ENVS Wokil Bam
CCA/Sealy Family Endowed Scholarship

Recognizes a DOCS graduate student with a 3.0 GPA conducting research on Louisiana estuarine or marine finfish that is primarily related and directly beneficial to recreational fishery

Generously donated by the J. Pollard Sealy, Jr. family and Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana


Kenneth Erickson

Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Medal

Recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding ability as an advanced student researcher in their discipline. Presented by the LSU Undergraduate Research Program.


Philip Branhana

CC&E Endowment for Excellence Graduate Student Fellowship Recognizes graduate students for exceptional contributions in outreach or mentoring. Presented by the College of the Coast & Environment.

 DOCS/ENVS Brian Matherne
 CC&E Graduate Scholarship Recognizes a CES student with 3.0 GPA. Presented by the College of the Coast & Environment.


 Jill Tupitza

Rachel Rogers 

CC&E Outstanding Thesis Award Recognizes an exceptional MS thesis. Presented by the College of the Coast & Environment.

DOCS/ENVS Laura Thompson 
CC&E Outstanding Dissertation Award Recognizes an exceptional PhD dissertation. Presented by the College of the Coast & Environment.

DOCS/ENVS Kendall Valentine 
ENVS Graduate Student Support Fund Support provided to an incoming graduate student in ENVS based on need. Presented by the Department of Environmental Sciences.

ENVS Jennifer Pulsifer 
Kayne’s Fire Award Recognizes ENVS teaching assistants who encourages undergraduates’ excitement about science. Generously donated by Curtis and Kirsten Finley and Dr. Crystal Johnson, in memory of Nathaniel “Kayne” Finley, an LSU student with a passion for science. ENVS Viet Dao
Sustainable Environment Award Recognizes an outstanding research thesis that furthers the understanding of social and ecological resilience. Presented by the Department of Environmental Sciences.

ENVS Ryan Kirby
Kuniko Fujisaki Honor Award Recognizes an ENVS graduate research assistant for their outstanding service. Given in memory of Ms. Kuniko Fujisaki, a long-time ENVS research associate
ENVS Leah Forsyth
Joseph Lipsey, Jr. & Richard A. Lipsey Excellence in Teaching Award
Recognizes DOCS faculty who excel in teaching, mentoring, professional accomplishments, and contributions to the college. Generously donated by the families of Richard and Joseph Lipsey, Jr.

ENVS Vince Wilson 
CC&E Outstanding Faculty Research Award Recognizes tenure-track or tenured faculty for exceptional research and scholarly activities, as evidenced by publications, presentations, and grantsmanship. Presented by the College of the Coast & Environment.

DOCS/ENVS Michael Polito
CC&E Outstanding Faculty Research Staff Award Recognizes exceptional performance from research staff. Presented by the College of the Coast & Environment.

DOCS/ENVS Erick Swenson
Dean's Outstanding Service Award
Recognizes faculty or staff for their exceptional service. Presented by the College of the Coast & Environment

CC&E Tyler Mauney
Dr. Joseph Martinez Memorial Award Recognizes outstanding graduate student research in environmental sciences. Given in memory of Dr. Joe Martinez, the first director of the Institute for Environmental Studies ENVS Kejin Wang


LSU Awards




LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award Generously donated by the LSU Alumni Association DOCS Dr. Kehui Xu
LSU Distinguished Faculty Award The university's Distinguished Faculty Awards recognize faculty accomplishments and showcase superb teaching, research, and service at LSU.  ENVS Dr. Ed Laws
Tiger Athletic Foundation President's Award Generously donated by the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation ENVS Dr. Brian Snyder
LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award
Generously donated by the LSU Foundation ENVS Rachel Lau
LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award Recognizes assistant professors with an outstanding record of scholarship and public research DOCS

Dr. Jennifer Brum

Dr. Jun-Hong Liang

Tiger Athletic Foundation Student Scholarship Recognizes CES seniors with 3.30 GPA or higher. Generously donated by the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Jack Green

Denise Poveda

Mercedes Pinzon

LSU Discover Day Recognizes top-scoring undergraduates for their research presentations at LSU Discover Day. Generously donated by the College of the Coast & Environment.

CES Densie Poveda (1st place); Philip Branhana (2nd placed)