Students and Faculty Excel in Scholarships and Fellowships

December 25, 2022

This year saw increased national recognition of outstanding LSU student and faculty success. Here are some of our outstanding scholars and researchers.


Bridget SeghersUdall Scholar

LSU sophomore Bridget Seghers from Covington was selected to be a 2022 Udall Scholar by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. She is the only Udall Scholar from Louisiana. 

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Cale LociceroGoldwater Scholar

LSU junior Cale Locicero from Metairie was selected to be a 2022 Goldwater Scholar. He is a chemistry major and the vice president of faculty relations for the LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program. He is the 39th Barry M. Goldwater Scholar at LSU.

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Four LSU researchers have been awarded the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious grant for early-career faculty, who exhibit potential to serve as academic role models in research and education. This highly competitive grant supports an individual’s research helping build a firm foundation for a lifetime of research and academic leadership. 


April ChenLSU School of Education Assistant Professor Yu April Chen was funded to pursue her research into boosting the four-year degree completion rate of underrepresented racial minority transfer students and to promote racial equity in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields.

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Matthew HiattLSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Assistant Professor Matthew Hiatt has been funded to research complex coastal hydrological processes that are critical to predicting future impacts of coastal restoration strategies and evaluating their efficacy, especially in light of global issues such as sea-level rise.

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Rui Han

LSU Department of Mathematics Assistant Professor Rui Han was funded to pursue his research on the study of electrons in a lattice material structure, such as graphene, under external magnetic fields. 

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Don Zhang

LSU Department of Psychology Associate Professor Don Zhang was funded to pursue his research on the impacts of risk takers in the workplace.

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Carnegie Fellows

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has selected two LSU faculty members to be among this year’s 28 Andrew Carnegie Fellows. They were selected from nearly 300 nominees and are the first Carnegie Fellows in LSU history.


Joshua DarrLSU Manship School of Mass Communication Associate Professor Joshua P. Darr will work with the American Journalism Project, a venture philanthropy fund for local news, to study the local impact of opening new nonprofit newsrooms. Additionally, he will work with Trusting News, a journalism training organization with many affiliated newsrooms, to detail how journalists handle polarizing topics and assess what sorts of language and editing choices can bring back readers who have lost trust in their local news.

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Andrew SluyterLSU Department of Geography & Anthropology Professor Andrew Sluyter's research delves into understanding racialized places and landscapes in order to contribute to decolonization, a more equitable and inclusive society and more sustainable and just relationships with nature. The Carnegie Fellowship will support his project titled, “Slavery and Higher Education: New Narratives on the Plantation Past, New Places for Racial Equity.” This project will help colleges built on former slave plantations to understand that aspect of campus place identity in relation to higher education’s racial inequities.

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Guggenheim Fellow

Suzanne MarchandLSU Boyd Professor of History Suzanne Marchand has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for intellectual and cultural history. She is a faculty member in the LSU Department of History. Marchand is among a diverse group of 180 exceptional individuals the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved as Guggenheim Fellows. Chosen from a rigorous application and peer review process out of nearly 2,500 applicants, Marchand and this year’s fellows were appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. 

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