Letter from the Dean

Dear College of Science Community,

I am continually proud of the crucial role our faculty, staff, and students serve in driving the future of our state and shaping the world around us.

The LSU College of Science is at the forefront of scientific research and innovation that positively impacts the state of Louisiana, our nation, and the world. Our talented faculty conduct groundbreaking research that spurs new discoveries and solves grand challenges. We have the unique privilege of helping so many students and community members discover their passion for science and preparing tomorrow’s leading scientists for rewarding careers in education, medicine, research, business, public service, and more. And our exceptional, dedicated faculty and staff help enable this work by living each part of our college mission in innumerable, impactful ways each day.

I am excited to present this strategic plan, which is designed to elevate the tremendous work of our college today and take it to even greater heights by 2030 and beyond. It is the direct result of feedback and conversations with our college community and all those who took the time during our yearlong planning process to lend your perspectives, thoughts, and energy to help build the exciting vision toward which we now work.

As you will see in our strategic plan, we have a strong foundation from which to build in the coming years, but we also have much to do to make this vision a reality. We must continue to push ourselves and the boundaries of science to cement our international standing as a leader in research. We must continue to support our students and ensure they have positive, impactful experiences that help them reach new heights. We must build an environment where our faculty and staff can do their best work. We must build on the significant economic and community impact we have on our state. And we must make the necessary investments that enable and amplify our impact.

The priorities, goals, and strategies our strategic plan contains will each serve key roles in guiding this work and helping us achieve our vision. I look forward to working with our entire community to make this plan and our future a reality.

Geaux Science and Geaux Tigers!


Cynthia B. Peterson, Dean
Seola Arnaud and Richard V. Edwards, Jr. Professor


Dean Cynthia B. Peterson