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, email LSUresearchambassadors@gmail.com
Click here to check out events hosted by the Research Ambassadors where you can learn about getting involved in research, pursuing graduate education, and more.
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!
- 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
|Collin Aupied||Biological Sciences||College of Sciencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nana Ama Agyeman||Biological Engineering||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Human Sciences and Educationemail@example.com|
|Reghan Barnett||Biological Sciences||College of Science, College of the Coast & Environment, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Abigail Baumgartner||English/Literature||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Human Sciences and Education, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Anang Bungwon||Microbiology||College of Science, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kennedy Butler||Biology with a concentration in Education||College of Science||Kbutl47@lsu.edu|
|Samuel Camacho||Economics||College of Business, Pennington Biomedical Research Centeremail@example.com|
|Jacob Carignan||Biological Engineering||College of Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rachael Coates||Biological Sciences||College of Science, College of Engineeringemail@example.com|
|Kayla Dearman||Digital Art||College of Art + Designfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sade Dennis||Geology||College of Science||Sdenn17@lsu.edu|
|Liz Marjorie Diaz||Chemical Engineering||College of Engineering, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Destyn Dicharry||Biological Sciences||College of Sciencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Evan Doré||Biochemistry/Psychology||College of Science, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Londyn Edwards||Biology||College of Science, ASPIRE, McNairfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ria Ferdaus||Biology, Psychology||College of Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Miscia Fortna||Physics||College of Science, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elanor Fuller||Biological Sciences||College of Science, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Darryl Higgins||Biological Sciences||College of Science, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hunter Holliday||Political Science & Sociology||College of Humanities & Social Sciencesemail@example.com|
|Kameelah Hollis||Applied Coastal Environmental Science||College of the Coast and Environmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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 email@example.com|
|Corinne Hutchinson||Biochemistry||College of Sciencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Aaryana Jones||Biology||College of Science, ASPIRE, McNair, or other scholarship email@example.com|
|Maram Khalaf||Child and Family Studies||College of Science||Mkhala3@lsu.edu|
|Katy Knecht||Chemistry||College of Science, Honors College, ASPIRE, McNair, or other scholarship firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Madison Lee||Biological Engineering||College of Engineeringemail@example.com|
|Evan Leonhard||Philosophy, English||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kara Liimatta||Biological Sciences||College of Science, Honors College, Pennington Biomedical Research Centeremail@example.com|
|Ethan Littlefield||Biological Sciences||College of Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cale Locicero||Chemistry||College of Scienceemail@example.com|
|Stephanie Lofton||Biochemistry||College of Science, College of Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kenedi Lynch||Biological Sciences||College of Science, Honors College, ASPIRE, McNairemail@example.com|
|Haley Marcotte||Biological Sciences||College of Science, College of the Coast and Environmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sophia Matylis||Biochemistry||College of Scienceemail@example.com|
|Seija Meaux||Geology||College of Sciencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gabrielle Mellor||Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Jack Menard||Biological Sciences||College of Science, Smart REU Program at LSUfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chris Meyer||Psychology, Mathematics, Sociology||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Jill N Meyer||Kinesiology||College of Human Sciences and Educationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Colette Mouton||Psychology (Pre-Med), Spanish Minor||College of Humanities and Social Sciencesemail@example.com|
|Katherine Monroe||Sociology, Spanish||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Madalyn Mouton||Civil and Environmental Engineering||College of Science, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Brittany Nguyen||Biological Engineering||College of Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nicole Nguyen||Chemical Engineering, Coastal Environmental Sciences||College of Engineering, College of the Coast and Environment, Honors College, ASPIRE, McNaireemail@example.com|
|Julius Pallotta||Biological Engineering||College of Engineering, College of Agriculture, College of the Coast and Environmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tanisha Patel||Biological Sciences||College of Science, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Celeste Patron||Biochemistry||College of Science, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Allison Pham||Biology||College of Scienceemail@example.com|
|Fredlicia Phillips||AAAS, Mass Communications- Political Communication||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Manship school of Mass Communicationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Isaac Ponder||Biochemistry||College of Science, College of Engineeringemail@example.com|
|Lillian Powell||Mathematics||College of Science, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Colette Rainey||Chemistry||College of Science, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Elizabeth Reich||Biological Engineering||College of Science, College of Engineering, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jared Rodrigue||Biological Sciences||College of Science, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Reetu Shrestha||Biological Sciences, Food Sciences and Technology||College of Science, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Andrew Schwartz||Kinesiology||College of Human Sciences and Education, School of Vertinary Medicineemail@example.com|
|Steven Seiden||Computer Science||College of Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Annie Sheehan-Dean||History, Political Science||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Ella Sheets||Chemical Engineering||College of Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Grace Sheets||Biochemistry||College of Scienceemail@example.com|
|Mina Sheik||Biological Sciences||College of Humanities and Social Sciencesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anna Stebbins||Applied Coastal Environmental Sciences, Anthropology||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of the Coast and Environment, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|August Steinkamp||Microbiology||College of Science, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hunter Stewart||Biological Sciences||College of Science, College of Human Sciences and Education, School of Veterinary Medicineemail@example.com|
|Kaili Taylor||Biological Engineering||College of Science, College of Engineering, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vy Truong||Mathematics, International Studies, Anthropology||College of Science, Honors College, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors Collegeemail@example.com|
|Brittany White||Psychology||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Daja Williams||Animal Science||College of Agriculture, ASPIRE, McNair, or other scholarship program||dwil337@;su.edu|
|Breana Wing||Computer Science||College of Science, Smart REU Program at LSUemail@example.com|
|Raven Worley||Natural Resource Ecology and Management||College of Agriculture, College of the Coast and Environmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Past Research Ambassadors
|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 email@example.com|
|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.
|Mary grace Beck||Biological Sciences||College of Science, Honors College, Pennington Biomedical Research Center||Diabetes I research in Islet Biology and
|Camryn Blanchard||Biochemistry||College of Science||molecular firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Emily Braun||Psychology||College of Humanities and Social Sciences||Whether certain weight loss interventions
implemented in primary care are effective in treating obesity.
|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)||email@example.com|
|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)
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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
|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 email@example.com|
|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)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kristen Cohenour||Psychology||College of Humanities and Social Sciences||The attention spans of elementary age email@example.com|
|Kaitlin Couvillion||Microbiology||College of Science||stress, behavior, and hormones in house firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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)
|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 email@example.com|
|Ashlan Derouen||Psychology (Pre-Medicine)||College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College, Pennington Biomedical Research Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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)||email@example.com|
|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.
|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)
|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)
|Victoria Filloon||Biological Sciences||College of Sciencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Amanda Fontenot||Coastal Environmental Science||College of the Coast & Environment||How the erosion of wetlands soils
affects stored carbon.
|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)||email@example.com|
|Madison Gilbert||Psychology||College of Humanities and Social Sciences||How to learn a new foreign language, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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)||email@example.com|
|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)
|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)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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.
|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 receive 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)
|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.
|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)||email@example.com|
|Lilly Kamberov||Biochemistry||College of Science, Honors College||we research malarial infections in differing
ages of house sparrows.
|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.
|Natalie Khoury||Psychology||College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Pennington Biomedical
|the study of short-term and long-term effects of
|Stacey Knowles||Biological Sciences||College of Science||How metals bind and regulate Plasminogen
Activator-1 in an effort to eradicate abnormal blood
|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)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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.
|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)
|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)||email@example.com|
|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)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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.
|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)||email@example.com|
|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)
|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)
|Georgette Metrailer||Psychology||College of Humanities and Social Sciencesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Madeline Meyer||Psychology||College of Humanities and Social Sciences||Investigating the effect of information
availability and ownership on group creativity.
|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.
|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)||email@example.com|
|Marisa Naccari||Biology||College of Science||The role of rRNA in aging of eukaryotic cells
through studying the nucleoli in the common fruit fly.
|Calli Nguyen||Biology, Psychology||College of Science, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, ASPIRE, McNairfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Matthew Nguyen||Biology||College of Science||re-purposing a range of veterinary insecticides for control of sand fly email@example.com|
|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)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rebecca Perrette||English/Creative Writing||College of Humanities and Social Sciences||the relationship between architecture and literature, and how they each affect each email@example.com|
|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)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alejandro Rubiano||Electrical Engineering||College of Engineering, ASPIRE, McNair, or other scholarship program||investigating possible applications of 3D
printing technology in force sensing
|Ella Sheets||Chemical Engineering||College of Engineering||purifying water using light and photocatalytic
|Grace Sheets||Biochemistry||College of Science||applications of bacterial protein, from antibiotics
to water purification.
|Noah Smith||Chemical Engineering||College of Engineering||new material to be used as a faster, cheaper, and more available segment of microfluidic email@example.com|
|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)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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.
|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.
|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)
|Ngan Tran||Biochemistry||College of Science, Honors College||Genotyping, immunology in mouse email@example.com|