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LSUS students represent scholarly excellence at the LSUS Student Scholar Forum

February 21, 2017

On Friday, February 17, 2017, Louisiana State University Shreveport hosted the second annual Student Scholars Forum. The presentations were excellent and covered a wide diversity of topics. Participants were from nine universities (LSUS, University of Louisiana Monroe, Northwestern State University, University of New Orleans, McNeese, Tulane, Loyola University New Orleans, Nicholls State University, and University of Mississippi). The program consisted of 24 undergraduate and graduate student presentations and 35 student posters profiling scholarly work across the academic disciplines. Awards were given for best presentation and runner up in each category (graduate oral/poster and undergraduate oral/poster). LSUS students won six out of the eight awards! The plenary speaker was Dr. Cran Lucas, Professor of Biological Sciences, with his presentation “Science in Science Fiction.” The LSUS Student Scholars Forum was supported by the Noel Foundation.

LSUS Winners:

Best Graduate Oral presentation, Runner-up

Chris Madere and Neal Traweek - Genetic analysis of PMA1, GLC7, and UBA1 in Baker’s Yeast – LSU Shreveport - Dr. Tara Williams-Hart mentor

Best Graduate poster winner:

Nicholas O'Connor, Jacob McDowell, and Quintin Richardson - Synthesis of a Fluorinated Analog of Fusarochromanone - LSU Shreveport - Dr. Elahe Mahdavian and Dr. Brian Salvatore mentors

Best Graduate poster runner up: Larry Towner II - Using Servant and Authentic Leadership to Support Cultural Change in the Caddo Parish Juvenile Justice System: A Case Study in Restorative Justice - LSU Shreveport - Dr. Iris Johnson mentor

Best Undergraduate Oral presentation winner:

Quintin Richardson - Synthesis of a Conformationally Constricted Amide Analogue of Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE) - LSU Shreveport - Dr. Brian Salvatore and Dr. Elahe Mahdavian mentors

Best Undergraduate poster winner:

Rebekah LeAnn Bennett - Comparing Cerebral White Matter Integrity in Glioma and Metastatic Tumor Patients – LSUS, LSUHSC - Dr. Kevin S. Holly mentor

Best Undergraduate poster runner up:

Arash Ataei and Quintin Richardson - InSilico ADMET Profiles of Fusarochromanone and Analogs - LSU Shreveport - Dr. Elahe Mahdavian mentor

Other winners:

Best Graduate Oral presentation winner:

Kristin Pepper, Gabrielle Lewis, CJ Beurerman, and Jordan Pedalino - Can General Strain Theory Explain College Students’ Prescription Drug Misuse? - Loyola University of New Orleans - Dr. Kelly Frailing mentor

Best Undergraduate Oral presentation runner up:

Tanya Lariviere - Unraveling the Layers of Public Discourse: How Simple -Images Speak for Generations - University of Louisiana at Monroe - Dr. Lesli Place mentor

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