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3rd Regional Student Scholars Forum

February 28, 2018

Dr. Ashanti Johnson, a distinguished scholar who has represented the U.S. State Department in Cambodia and received awards from the White House for science mentoring, will be speaking at 1 p.m. Friday in the University Center Theatre at LSU in Shreveport.

As the plenary speaker at the university's Regional Scholars' Program, she will address the public, student researchers and faculty mentors from five states, speaking about professional development strategies in the areas of science, education and diversity. Her talk and presentations by students are free and open to the public throughout the day.

In the February 2018 issue of Essence magazine Dr. Johnson is recognized as one of "STEM'S New Guard" in an article highlighting "15 Women who are Paving the Way and Paying it Forward." In April 2016, Black Enterprise Magazine designated Dr. Johnson as one of "10 Black Women Changing the World via Science and Technology." She has been featured widely in the media.

Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from Texas A & M University and has taught at UT-Arlington, the University of South Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology and Savannah State University. She is currently the CEO/Superintendent of Cirrus Academy and is an associate professor at Mercer University.

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, students and their faculty mentors from all over Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi will present academic papers and posters on a range of topics, including Fake News, Breast Cancer, King Arthur and Virtual Reality. There will be prizes for papers judged to be the "best in show." For further information, contact Dr. Sanjay Menon, dean of graduate studies, at 318-797-5247 or

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