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Research Ambassadors

What are Research Ambassadors?

Research Ambassadors are LSU undergraduate researchers who encourage and assist other students in getting involved in undergraduate research opportunities.  The ambassadors take part in a variety of activities including, but not limited to: talking to classes/student orgs/freshmen groups, volunteering at research-related events, and mentoring students looking for research opportunities.

Students interested in undergraduate research may contact a Research Ambassador directly with questions.  Research Ambassadors are also available to speak to student organizations or classrooms.  If you have questions about the program, click on the link below or contact us at LSUresearchambassadors@gmail.com

The Research Ambassadors also host connection events.

Faculty can request a short classroom presentation from a Research Ambassador by filling out this form: Classroom Presentation Request Form

Research Ambassadors, please submit your hours via this form: Volunteer Hour Submission Form

Interested in becoming a Research Ambassador?

Meet the Research Ambassadors!

LSU Discover strives to have representation from each of the colleges. Consider applying to serve as one of your college’s Research Ambassadors!

Executive Committee:

  • President – Rachael Coates
  • VP of Communication – Tanisha Patel
  • VP of Membership –  Kenedi Lynch & Mina Sheikh (Research Ambassadors, please submit your hours via this form)
  • VP of Recruitment – Britney Nguyen
  • VP of Faculty Relations – Chris Meyer
  • VP of Events & Programming – Kameelah Hollis
    • Events & Programming Committee Members - Steven Seiden, Miscia Fortna, Ria Ferdaus, and Liz Diaz

2022 – 2023 Ambassadors

Name Major Ambassador to Email
Collin Aupied Biological Sciences College of Science caupie1@lsu.edu
Nana Ama Agyeman Biological Engineering College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Human Sciences and Education nagyem1@lsu.edu
Reghan Barnett Biological Sciences College of Science, College of the Coast & Environment, Honors College rbarn31@lsu.edu
Abigail Baumgartner English/Literature College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Human Sciences and Education, Honors College abaumb2@lsu.edu
Anang Bungwon Microbiology College of Science, Honors College abungw1@lsu.edu
Kennedy Butler Biology with a concentration in Education  College of Science Kbutl47@lsu.edu 
Samuel Camacho Economics College of Business, Pennington Biomedical Research Center scamac3@lsu.edu
Jacob Carignan Biological Engineering College of Engineering jcarig1@lsu.edu
Rachael Coates Biological Sciences College of Science, College of Engineering rcoate2@lsu.edu
Sade Dennis  Geology College of Science Sdenn17@lsu.edu
Liz Marjorie Diaz Chemical Engineering College of Engineering, Honors College ldiaz16@lsu.edu
Destyn Dicharry Biological Sciences College of Science ddicha6@lsu.edu
Evan Doré Biochemistry/Psychology College of Science, Honors College edore3@lsu.edu
Londyn Edwards Biology College of Science, ASPIRE, McNair ledwa38@lsu.edu
Ria Ferdaus Biology, Psychology College of Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College rferda2@lsu.edu
Miscia Fortna Physics College of Science, Honors College mfortn5@lsu.edu
Elanor Fuller Biological Sciences College of Science, Honors College efulle8@lsu.edu
Darryl Higgins Biological Sciences College of Science, Honors College dhiggi9@lsu.edu
Hunter Holliday Political Science & Sociology College of Humanities & Social Sciences hholl15@lsu.edu
Kameelah Hollis Applied Coastal Environmental Science College of the Coast and Environment kholl27@lsu.edu
Jason Huang Biological Sciences College of Science, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Human Sciences and Education, Honors College, ASPIRE, McNair, or other scholarship program jhuan27@lsu.edu
Corinne Hutchinson Biochemistry College of Science chutc26@lsu.edu
Aaryana Jones Biology College of Science, ASPIRE, McNair, or other scholarship program ajon281@lsu.edu
Maram Khalaf Child and Family Studies  College of Science Mkhala3@lsu.edu
Madison Lee Biological Engineering College of Engineering mlee163@lsu.edu
Evan Leonhard Philosophy, English College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College eleonh3@lsu.edu
Kara Liimatta Biological Sciences College of Science, Honors College, Pennington Biomedical Research Center kliima3@lsu.edu
Cale Locicero Chemistry College of Science clocic3@lsu.edu
Stephanie Lofton  Biochemistry  College of Science, College of Engineering slofto6@lsu.edu
Kenedi Lynch Biological Sciences College of Science, Honors College, ASPIRE, McNair klync23@lsu.edu
Haley Marcotte Biological Sciences College of Science, College of the Coast and Environment hmarco2@lsu.edu
Sophia Matylis Biochemistry College of Science smatyl1@lsu.edu
Seija Meaux Geology College of Science sdenn17@lsu.edu
Jack Menard Biological Sciences College of Science, Smart REU Program at LSU jmena19@lsu.edu
Chris Meyer Psychology, Mathematics, Sociology College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College cmeye35@lsu.edu
Katherine Monroe Sociology, Spanish College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College kmonro7@lsu.edu
Madalyn Mouton Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Science, Honors College mmout21@lsu.edu
Brittany Nguyen Biological Engineering College of Engineering bnguy78@lsu.edu
Nicole Nguyen Chemical Engineering, Coastal Environmental Sciences College of Engineering, College of the Coast and Environment, Honors College, ASPIRE, McNaire nngu125@lsu.edu
Tanisha Patel Biological Sciences College of Science, Honors College tpatel9@lsu.edu
Julius Pallotta Biological Engineering College of Engineering, College of Agriculture, College of the Coast and Environment jpallo1@lsu.edu
Allison Pham Biology College of Science apham28@lsu.edu
Fredlicia Phillips AAAS, Mass Communications- Political Communication College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Manship school of Mass Communication fphill3@lsu.edu
Isaac Ponder Biochemistry College of Science, College of Engineering iponde1@lsu.edu
Lillian Powell Mathematics College of Science, Honors College lpowe22@lsu.edu
Colette Rainey Chemistry College of Science, Honors College crain13@lsu.edu
Elizabeth Reich Biological Engineering College of Science, College of Engineering, Honors College ereich1@lsu.edu
Jared Rodrigue Biological Sciences College of Science, Honors College jrod152@lsu.edu
Reetu Shrestha Biological Sciences, Food Sciences and Technology College of Science, Honors College rshres7@lsu.edu
Andrew Schwartz Kinesiology  College of Human Sciences and Education, School of Vertinary Medicine  aschw28@lsu.edu
Steven Seiden Computer Science College of Engineering sseide3@lsu.edu
Annie Sheehan-Dean History, Political Science College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College asheeh7@lsu.edu
Ella Sheets Chemical Engineering College of Engineering esheet6@lsu.edu
Grace Sheets Biochemistry College of Science gsheet2@lsu.edu
Mina Sheik Biological Sciences College of Humanities and Social Sciences msheik3@lsu.edu
Anna Stebbins Applied Coastal Environmental Sciences, Anthropology College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of the Coast and Environment, Honors College astebb1@lsu.edu
August Steinkamp Microbiology College of Science, Honors College astei22@lsu.edu
Hunter Stewart Biological Sciences  College of Science, College of Human Sciences and Education, School of Veterinary Medicine hstew18@lsu.edu
Kaili Taylor Biological Engineering  College of Science, College of Engineering, Honors College ktay132@lsu.edu
Vy Truong Mathematics, International Studies, Anthropology College of Science, Honors College, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College vtruon9@lsu.edu
Brittany White Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College bwhit91@lsu.edu
Breana Wing Computer Science College of Science, Smart REU Program at LSU bwing2@lsu.edu

 

Past Research Ambassadors

Name Major Ambassador to Researching Email
Osarumwense Adun Physics, Sociology, Psychology College of Science Currently I am simulating a Deustchian quantum circuit that is able surpass the grandfather paradox of general relativity. I am designing a unitary operation gate that converges my initial quantum state, in this case a qubit, to a fixed point to satisfy an algebraic relation using numerical methods. If successfully simulated, this circuit could be the framework a potential quantum computer able to solve problems of P-SPACE complexity. oadun1@lsu.edu
Karmen Ancar Kinesiology College of Human Sciences & Education The quantification of finger coupling with the goal of 
developing a clinical rehabilitation test for patients who have 
suffered a stroke or neurological movement disorder.
kancar3@lsu.edu
Mary grace Beck Biological Sciences College of Science, Honors College, Pennington Biomedical Research Center Diabetes I research in Islet Biology and 
Inflammation, Immunogenetics
mbeck24@lsu.edu
Camryn Blanchard Biochemistry College of Science molecular genetics. cblan58@lsu.edu
Emily Braun Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences Whether certain weight loss interventions 
implemented in primary care are effective in treating obesity.
ebraun3@lsu.edu
Cy Bryson Biology College of Science The mapping of neural activation patterns of female African cichlid fish in response to varying types of stimuli produced by courting males and determining neuronal firing patterns within target brain regions. (with Karen Maruska)  cbryso1@lsu.edu
Connor Burruss Sociology/Criminology College of Humanities and Social Sciences  Studying the relationship between gentrification and crime rates 
in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA). (with Michael Barton)
cburru2@lsu.edu
Abby Caffey Kinesiology College of Human Sciences and Education Investigating whether cognitive impairments can transfer into young adulthood in non-active athletes who sustained a sport-related concussion in early adolescence. My research has found cognitive impairments in concussion participants, such as significant delay in response time and error rate, well beyond a six month time frame. acaffe1@lsu.edu
Lilly Cambre Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences A web-delivered alcohol intervention for student drinkers 
in violation of their school’s alcohol usage policy that compares 
the drinker’s perceived peer norms against their peer’s actual 
drinking norms.
lcambr5@lsu.edu
Sarah Cherry Biological Sciences College of Humanities and Social Sciences 1st semester: develop a guitar that could be used as a rehabilitation technique. 2nd semester: analyze data from children treated at the Psychological Services center who have behavioral issues. scherr2@lsu.edu
Kelly Cohen Chemical Engineering College of Science, College of Engineering I am working with my group to put a layer of sulfur onto strips of metal. The main goal of this project is to increase the yield of methanol, cut production costs and reduce carbon footprint by 104 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. (with Kerry Dooley) kcohen7@lsu.edu
Kristen Cohenour Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences The attention spans of elementary age children. hcohen6@lsu.edu
Kaitlin Couvillion Microbiology College of Science stress, behavior, and hormones in house sparrows kcouvi8@lsu.edu
Henry Crull Biological Sciences College of Science Investigation of Sicklebill Hummingbird niche expansion through analysis of Centropogon and Heliconia Pollen, and Centropogon Polen reference catalog. 
(with Laura Lagomarsino)
hcrull1@lsu.edu
Kathryn Davis Natural Resource Ecology & Management, Spanish College of Science, College of Agriculture, Honors College I am assessing the genetic structure of Seaside Sparrows (Ammospiza maritima). I will compare population genetic parameters for the different subspecies and populations to understand how they are related to one another.  kdav176@lsu.edu
Ashlan Derouen Psychology (Pre-Medicine) College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College, Pennington Biomedical Research Center   adero12@lsu.edu
Evan Dore Biochemistry, Psychology College of Science, Honors College Currently, my research is creating 3D models of soft tissue structures from MRI data. My lab has created a new technique of which I am measuring the reproducibility of. I also work in the Bio 1503 Cure Lab, where we are studying how the difference in sodium concentrations in plants affect the behavior of butterflies. (with Dominique Homberger) edore3@lsu.edu
Vernell Dunams Studio Arts College of Art + Design The manifestation of identity and how time affects 
the representation of an individual be it racial, sexual, or gender identity.
vdunam1@lsu.edu
Annaliesa Fanguy Microbiology College of Science The hypothesis that PratA delivers Mn2+ to PSII during photo-assembly. PratA from the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 was heterologously expressed in E. coli. We have performed in vitro binding studies of PratA with PSII purified 
from either cyanobacteria or plants. (with David Vinyard)
afangu2@lsu.edu
Ahmed Fazal-ur-rehman Biological Sciences College of Science Isolating a protein from the harmful bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, using high pressure, high frequency sound waves, and crystallography. 
(with Dr. Grover Waldrop)
afazal1@lsu.edu
Victoria Filloon Biological Sciences  College of Science   vfillo1@lsu.edu
Amanda Fontenot Coastal Environmental Science College of the Coast & Environment How the erosion of wetlands soils 
affects stored carbon.
afont78@lsu.edu
Eden Gallegos Biochemistry College of Science I work with molecules involved with inflammation. I have three primary research projects. 1) Assessment of how certain drugs affect the stability of the proteins I study. 2) Development of purification techniques for three engineered proteins that have yet to be structurally solved. 3) Protein crystallography that is ultimately used to solve structures of proteins in the presence and absence of drugs. (with Dr. Marcia Newcomer) emcmil4@lsu.edu
Madison Gilbert Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences How to learn a new foreign language, linguistics mgilb22@lsu.edu
Rohin Gilman Mathematics, Physics College of Science, Honors College we demonstrate how the Chernoff Product Formula can be used to extend product formulas to approximate solutions to non-linear differential equations. We use the Lie Trotter and Strang Product Formulas to approximate solutions and to demonstrate the difference in convergence between product formulas of different orders. (with Frank Neubrander) rgilma1@lsu.edu
Sarah Glass Chemical Engineering College of Engineering I research environmental solutions to water disinfection, specifically using sunlight. I make and test samples composed of layers of aluminum, gold, and other metals. These samples have the 
potential to react with the energy provided by the sun to generate molecules that can kill viruses and bacteria in water.  My research is varying parameters in this tin oxide and gold nanoparticle system to maximize its effectiveness. (with Dr. Kevin McPeak)
sglass8@lsu.edu
Megan Guilbeau Biochemistry College of Science, Honors College  I am helping with research that involves two plants, Schrenkiella parvula and Arabidopsis thaliana. We are studying how adaptation at the genomic level affects a plant's response to abiotic stress factors like salt stress tolerance. (with Dr. Maheshi Dassanayake) mguilb7@lsu.edu
Ryan Hoffman Biological Sciences College of Science The biological mechanisms that fish species 
utilize to survive and protect their brains during periods 
of oxygen deprivation.
rhoffm5@lsu.edu
Kyreal Jackson Biological Sciences, Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences The purpose of our study is to validate a new web-based assessment tool for assessing cognitive-abilities in elder adults. Older adults frequently do not recieve neuropsychological and psychological evaluations because of various reasons. A web-based assessment offers an alternative means of assessment that are both less expensive and capable 
of being administered in an individual's home. (with Matthew Calamia)
kjac119@lsu.edu
Briasha Jones Kinesiology College of Humanities and Social Sciences To determine whether cognitive-motor 
integration tasks are performed differently when using
 the dominant and non-dominant hand. 
bjon163@lsu.edu
Elizabeth Joseph Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College, Pennington Biomedical Research Center At LSU, I am researching risk-taking and personality for my Honors thesis (with Dr. Don Zhang). At Pennington Biomedical University research I am researching pediatric obesity. (with Amanda Staiano) ejosep6@lsu.edu
Lilly Kamberov Biochemistry College of Science, Honors College we research malarial infections in differing 
ages of house sparrows.
lkambe1@lsu.edu
Patrick Kearney Electrical Engineering College of Engineering Building a soft robotic assistive device for a person 
with a paralyzed hand and determining how to control it by 
processing voltage signals taken from a glove with a multitude 
pressure sensor attached.
ckearn5@lsu.edu
Natalie Khoury Psychology College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Pennington Biomedical 
Research Center
the study of short-term and long-term effects of 
psychotropic medications.
nkhour3@lsu.edu
Stacey Knowles Biological Sciences College of Science How metals bind and regulate Plasminogen 
Activator-1 in an effort to eradicate abnormal blood 
clotting diseases. 
sknowl3@lsu.edu
Aidan Lambert Physics College of Science I work with low-energy lasers for researching developments in quantum information, metrology, communication, and computers.  (with Dr. Omar Magana-Loaiza) alamb43@lsu.edu
Grant Landwehr Chemical Engineering College of Engineering Building a device capable of capturing and isolating single 
cancer cells and using that device to study the effects of fluid shear 
stresses on cells, leading to a greater understanding of the 
fundamental mechanisms behind cancer metastasis.
glandw1@lsu.edu
Jeffrey Lemoine Biochemistry, Computer Science College of Engineering, College of Science Leveraging data science techniques to analyze protein 
binding sites on a proteome scale in order to infer large biological 
trends and rationally suggest potential therapeutics.
(with Dr. Michal Brylinski)
jlemo39@lsu.edu
Emily Loisel Chemical Engineering College of Engineering Natural gas from some wells contains significant amounts of sulfur and carbon dioxide. When the sulfur is in contact with the catalyst, it can deactivate the catalyst making it useless. Trying to remove this sulfur can be expensive and time consuming. Our goal is to find a catalyst that can remain active in the presence of sulfur. This way we will not have to wash the sulfur off of the methane. (with Kerry Dooley) eloise2@lsu.edu
Stephen Lopez Kinesiology College of Science, College of Human Sciences and Education I use drosophila (fruit flies) as a model for studying neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer's. Currently, I am attempting to develop a deeper understanding of a human short sleep mutation that allows the affected to have less sleep without suffering the negative side effects usually associated with sleep deprivation. (with Alyssa Johnson) slope12@lsu.edu
Laurie Lyon Microbiology College of Science Using genetic modification of yeast to mass produce 
small antibacterial proteins with the goal of discovering and 
manufacturing new antibacterial proteins.
llyon2@lsu.edu
Salim Lutfallah Chemistry, Biochemistry College of Science, Honors College the use of platinum based molecular nanocages to encapsulate anticancer prodrugs as an approach to solubilizing poorly water-soluble drugs to increase bioavailability and receptor-targeted delivery. (with Dr. Noemie Elgrishi) slutfa2@lsu.edu
Anna Beth Madden Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences The effects of behavioral interventions in anxious 
populations and working on MRI analysis for different health studies. 
(with Dr. Steven Greening and Dr. Owen Carmichael, respectively)
amadde5@lsu.edu
Shane Martin Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences Organizing and analyzing study data at Pennington 
Biomedical Research Center and analyzing MRI scans for 
numerous studies using various computer programs.
(with Dr. Philip Brantley and Dr. Owen Carmichael, respectively)
smar125@lsu.edu
Georgette Metrailer Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences   gmetra1@lsu.edu
Madeline Meyer Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences Investigating the effect of information 
availability and ownership on group creativity.
mmeye36@lsu.edu
Tim Mixson Biological Engineering College of Engineering The relationship between the brain and digestive tract by analyzing 
brain tissue from mice that were exposed to different diets and received gastric bypass surgery in order to combat obesity in humans.
t.mixson@msn.com
Grayce Mores Microbiology College of Science, Honors College Currently studying mobile genetic elements and working on a computer program that detects these mobile genetic elements and then allows for genetic comparison of species to determine a phylogeny. (with Mark Batzer) gmores1@lsu.edu
Marisa Naccari Biology College of Science The role of rRNA in aging of eukaryotic cells 
through studying the nucleoli in the common fruit fly. 
mnacca2@lsu.edu
Calli Nguyen Biology, Psychology College of Science, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, ASPIRE, McNair   cngu116@lsu.edu
Matthew Nguyen Biology College of Science re-purposing a range of veterinary insecticides for control of sand fly populations. mngu137@lsu.edu
Roy Pace Physics, Mathematics College of Science, Honors College As a member of TETRA, we search for high energy radiation thought to be generated by lightning, first noticed in the 1990s. I am personally responsible for evaluating data from our 18 detectors in Baton Rouge, Puerto Rico, and Panama. (with Dr. Michael Cherry) mpace8@lsu.edu
Rebecca Perrette English/Creative Writing College of Humanities and Social Sciences the relationship between architecture and literature, and how they each affect each other. rperre3@lsu.edu
Blaire Peterson Biochemistry, Sociology College of Science I am currently contributing to antibiotic research by using structure-based drug design. The enzyme that my research is currently focused on is essential to the life of bacteria and has a well-defined pocket, making it the perfect target for antibiotic research. Finding an inhibitor for this enzyme complex could lead to a new commercial drug that fights bacterial infection. (with Dr. Grover Waldrop) bpete36@lsu.edu
Alejandro Rubiano Electrical Engineering College of Engineering, ASPIRE, McNair, or other scholarship program investigating possible applications of 3D 
printing technology in force sensing
arubia1@lsu.edu
Ella Sheets Chemical Engineering College of Engineering purifying water using light and photocatalytic 
nano-films
esheet6@lsu.edu
Grace Sheets Biochemistry College of Science applications of bacterial protein, from antibiotics 
to water purification.
gsheet2@lsu.edu
Noah  Smith Chemical Engineering College of Engineering new material to be used as a faster, cheaper, and more available segment of microfluidic research. nsmit93@lsu.edu
Kristin Sobie Chemistry College of Science My current research project involves using synthetic chemistry, specifically chlorination techniques, to make new compounds that are useful building blocks for synthesis. Experimentally we want to focus on ring-size of the heterocyclic product as well as the products orientation in three dimensional space. (with Rendy Kartika) ksobie1@lsu.edu
Paris Taylor Microbiology College of Humanities and Social Sciences How to aid in new targeted therapies that interrupt 
the formation of oxidized low-density lipoprotein particles that 
cause heart disease.
ptayl23@lsu.edu
Hailey Teachout Sociology College of Humanities and Social Sciences Comprehension of motivation behind the decision 
to volunteer for disaster rescue efforts such as the Cajun Navy.
hteach1@lsu.edu
Amy Turner Kinesiology College of Human Sciences & Education, Pennington Biomedical Research Center Currently we are trying to determine the molecular mechanism that 
galanin neuropeptides take to produce the behaviors of feeding and decreased 
anxiety behaviors through mice by activating, and deactivating 
different galanin receptors. (with Emily Qualls-Creekmore)
aturn57@lsu.edu
Ngan Tran Biochemistry College of Science, Honors College Genotyping, immunology in mouse pups. ntran46@lsu.edu