Faculty Committees

Undergraduate Awards, Scholarship, and Honors Committee

Charge: The committee selects the recipients of College honors and scholarships. This includes awards for the outstanding students in the College, to be given at the Choppin Honors Convocation.

  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Kathryn Loveless (College of Science)
  • Tori Versteeg (College of Science)
  • Johnna Roose (Biological Sciences)
  • John Hogan (Chemistry)
  • Carol Wilson (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Ivan Agullo (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Stephen Shipman (Mathematics)

Courses & Curricula Committee

Charge: This committee ensures that the curricula for the various lines of study within the College retain a carefully conceived philosophy of education, promote a healthy symbiotic relationship between the departments, and remain in line with the mission and scope of the College. Accordingly, the committee will also encourage student participation in interdisciplinary research by facilitating the cross-listing of independent research credit courses across diverse disciplines (e.g., cross-listing between Geology & Geophysics and Art & Design).

  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Kathryn Loveless (College of Science)
  • Erin Doherty Peck (College of Science)
  • Greg Pettis (Biological Sciences)
  • Rendy Kartika (Chemistry)
  • Jianwei Wang (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Hwang Lee (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Ricardo Estrada (Mathematics)

Distinguished Dissertation/Non-Tenured Faculty Research Award Committee

Charge: The committee selects the winners of the Distinguished Dissertation and Non-Tenured Faculty Research Awards in the College.

  • Robb Brumfield (College of Science)
  • Sarah Matthews (Biological Sciences)
  • Bin Chen (Chemistry)
  • Carol Wilson (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Mark Wilde (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Len Richardson (Mathematics)

Diversity Committee

Membership and Meetings: Two members from each department in the College serves on this committee, and the Dean of the College can appoint up to three additional members. Members are nominated by the department chairs and appointed by the dean for a two-year term that is staggered among the departmental representatives. Meetings are generally held twice a semester. A chair of the committee will be selected by the committee from among those members serving in the second . year of their term.

Charge: Members are (a) to advocate for and promote diversity at the graduate, postdoctoral, faculty and staff levels in the College of Science of Louisiana State University, (b) to serve as an advisory group to the Dean of the College of Science and, as appropriate, to other members of the administration, including Deans, Provosts, and President in areas related to diversity, and (c) to recommend measures to increase diversity at every level in each of the College’s departments in keeping with PS 55 and PS 1.

  • Cynthia Peterson (College of Science)
  • Zakiya Wilson- Kennedy (College of Science)
  • Joyoni Dey (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Geoff Clayton (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Kevin Schreve (Mathematics)
  • Christina Bibby (Mathematics)
  • Phil Bart (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Guangsheg Zhuang (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Victor Garcia Lopez (Chemistry)
  • Fatima Rivas (Chemistry)
  • Gary King (Biological Sciences)
  • Michael Hellberg (Biological Sciences)

Diversity Committee Web Page

Policy Committee

Charge: The Policy Committee advises the Dean of the College of Science on procedures of policy. The committee also determines allocations of seats to the Faculty Senate from the CoS. An algorithm has been adopted by the Policy Committee to determine the allocation of senators for each department. Faculty Senators will be elected in the spring following the guidelines of the Constitution and Bylaws of the LSU Faculty Senate.

  • Cynthia Peterson (College of Science)
  • Joomyeong Kim (Biological Sciences)
  • Michael Brylinski (Biology Sciences)
  • Les Butler (Chemistry)
  • Fatima Rivas (Chemistry)
  • Darrell Henry (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Jianwei Wang (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Kip Matthews (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Dan Sheehy (Physics & Astronomy)
  • TBD (Mathematics)
  • Stephen Shipman (Mathematics)

Members selected by department vote. Two-year appointment ; one department representative rotates off each year. Two year term listed for each.

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Review Committee

Charge: The committee reviews applicants to medical and dental schools and makes admission recommendations to the programs to which students have applied. Student files are evaluated in advance of meetings.

  • Robby Bowen (College of Science)
  • Matt Duris (College of Science)
  • Tori Versteeg (Coordinator, College of Science)
  • Nao Kato (Biological Sciences)
  • David Donze (Biological Sciences)
  • Leaf Boswell (Biological Sciences)
  • Khoa Nguyen (Biological Sciences)
  • Caroline Schneider (Chemistry)
  • Justin Ragains (Chemistry)
  • Nick Totaro (Biological and Agricultural Engineering)
  • Wanda Hargroder (Kinesiology)

Promotion & Tenure Committee

Charge: The Promotion and Tenure Committee is formally advisory to the Dean. Following the college meeting among departmental representatives, the chair and co-chair of the committee meet with the Dean. The Dean receives the votes, takes discussions under advisement and uses that information and the department’s recommendations in formulating his/her official evaluations. The Dean passes this information forward.

  • Prosanta Chakrabarty (Biological Sciences)
  • Robert Cook (Chemistry)
  • Peter Clift (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Ravi Rau (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Gesture Olaffson (Mathematics)

One member selected from each department by faculty vote. Additional members selected by the Dean.

Science Residential College Advisory Committee

Charge: The committee has the responsibility to coordinate co-curricular activities and participate when possible. 

  • Hollie Donze (SRC Rector)
  • Allison Hargrave (SRC/College of Science)
  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Steve Pomarico (Biological Sciences)
  • John Hopkins (Chemistry)
  • Frank Neubrander (Mathematics)

Teaching Awards Committee

Charge: The committee shall make recommendations to the Dean regarding teaching awards.

  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Jake Esselstyn (Biological Sciences)
  • Tuo Wang (Chemistry)
  • Amy Luther (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Joe Giame (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Stephen Shipman (Mathematics)

Geaux Teach Advisory Committee

Charge: The committee will supply input to the design and administration of the GeauxTeach program in order to provide a high-quality undergraduate STEM major as part of a pathway to secondary teacher certification that is in compliance with BESE regulations. Departmental representatives enhance communication and cooperation between departments and GeauxTeach in order to benefit students, departments, and the College of Science. 

  • Jim Madden (College of Science)
  • Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy (College of Science)
  • Sharon Besson (GeauxTeach)
  • Chelsea Duhon (GeauxTeach)
  • Scott Crousillac (Biological Sciences)
  • John Hopkins (Chemistry)
  • Hongyu He (Mathematics)
  • Juana Moreno (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Frank Neubrander (Cain Center)
  • Richard Baker (College of Human Sciences & Education)
  • David Kirschner (College of Human Sciences & Education)
  • Angelle Stringer (College of Human Sciences & Education)
  • Sara Strickland (La. Dept. of Education)
  • Jordan Delaune (GeauxTeach Student)
  • Rebecca Nguyen (GeauxTeach Alumni)

Faculty Awards Nomination Committee (ad hoc)

Charge: The committee shall make recommendations to the Dean regarding faculty awards.

  • Robb Brumfield (College of Science)
  • Mark Batzer (Biological Sciences)
  • Graça Vicente (Chemistry)
  • Suzanne Brenner (Mathematics)
  • James Oxley (Mathematics)
  • Ravi Rau (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Gabrielle González (Physics & Astronomy)

Undergraduate Task Force (ad hoc)

Charge: This ad hoc committee was established in 2017-2018 to work on issues related to undergraduate retention and inclusion and is currently in an exploratory phase. If it is determined that this committee should be converted to a standing committee, it will be brought before the Policy Committee for a vote.

  • Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy (College of Science)
  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Anne Grove (Biological Sciences)
  • Steven Pomarico (Biological Sciences)
  • James Moroney (Biological Sciences)
  • Kandace Hurst (Chemistry)
  • Rendy Kartika (Chemistry)
  • Patricia Persaud (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Amy Luther (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Daniel Sage (Mathematics)
  • Julia Ledet (Mathematics)
  • Thomas Corbitt (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Mette Gaarde (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Prosanta Chakrabarty (Museum of Natural Science)
  • Becky Carmichael (Communication across the Curriculum)

Online Task Force (ad hoc)

Charge: This ad hoc committee was established in Spring 2018 to work on issues related to online course delivery and program development specific to the College of Science. If it is determined that this committee should be converted to a standing committee, it will be brought before the Policy Committee for a vote.

  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Chris Gregg (Biological Sciences)
  • Adam Hrincevish (Biological Sciences)
  • John Hopkins (Chemistry)
  • Carol Wicks (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Juan Lorenzo (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Jim Madden (Mathematics)
  • Julia Ledet (Mathematics)
  • Geoff Clayton (Physics & Astronomy)
  • James Parks (Physics & Astronomy)