Graduate School News
The LSU Graduate School hosts preliminary round of Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition
On Wednesday, November 29, twenty-five graduate students from across LSU took part in the preliminary round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Students representing more than 15 departments took on the challenge of presenting their scholarly research in just three minutes or less, with one accompanying slide. Preliminary judges, Dr. Chris Barrett, Dr. Johanna Broussard, and Dr. Billy Saas provided each participant with valuable feedback, and also had the difficult task of narrowing down the talented participants to the top nine finalists.
The LSU Graduate School presents the 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition
The LSU Graduate School will host the 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition, a research competition that challenges master's and doctoral students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
An informational meeting about the competition will be held on Wednesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. in E131 Howe-Russell.
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.
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.
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 and future community leaders,” she says. “There is no greater feeling than having a hand in the future of our city, state, and country.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.