Hurricane Harvey has disrupted the lives of many families in Louisiana and Texas. The College of Science is deeply concerned, and LSU is organizing emergency relief for those who were impacted. Students who have academic issues arising from this catastrophe should contact the College of Science Student Services team at 578-4200. Alumni who have questions or concerns may contact


e-news august 2017 
The Great American Eclipse of 2017... AWESOME!
Sharing the experience with fellow Tigers...

Over a thousand students gathered on the LSU Parade Grounds to watch the partial eclipse. Baton Rouge experienced 74% totality, enough to feel a slight change in summer's steamy weather and provide students with an awe-inspiring view on the first day of the fall 2017 semester. 

Photo credit: Yao Zeng, LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy.


Partial solar eclipse in Carbondale, IL, photographed through the clouds. Photo credit: Nicki Button.

Nicki Button with media and VIP credentials for the eclipse event in Saluki Stadium. 
When day turned to night on August 21, 2017, LSU College of Science students were ready to fly. LSU Geology graduate student Nicki Button got an amazing first-hand experience viewing the 2017 solar eclipse with LSU's Solar Eclipse Balloon team in Carbondale, IL. Nicki joined LaSPACE balloon teams in Carbondale as they prepared to  launch two weather balloons to record the moon's shadow traveling across the Earth as the Moon passed in front of the Sun, and to collect scientific data to monitor environmental conditions during the eclipse. 

Nicki recounts her experience observing the successful LaSPACE balloon launches and the 2017 solar eclipse below. Enjoy! > More 

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Meet Mike VII
LSU Welcomes Mike VII to LSU

On the first day of classes at LSU, students aren't the only ones getting a start at the university. This morning, Dr. David Baker, LSU's attending veterinarian, along with student caretakers, opened the door of the tiger habitat and officially welcomed Mike VII to campus. > More

We're Growing!

The College of Science has added nine new faculty members this semester, along with seven new staff who joined the Dean's Office team last spring. 

Click below to learn more about the latest additions to our college community.


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Hot Off the Press
Read the latest issue of The Pursuit magazine

Read about our successful track record in preparing students for careers in medicine, enjoy stories about our students' adventures abroad and learn how our multi-talented scientists are using art to share and articulate their research.

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Learn from the Pros
College hosts Visual Communication Workshop, September 7 

Experts in photography, graphic design and digital media will be on hand to share their expertise in creating engaging visuals for some of the world's top scientific publications during the LSU College of Science Visual Communications Workshop, Thursday, September 7, 10 am - 2 pm, Hill Memorial Library.

This workshop is open to all College of Science faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs.

Click here to register! Seats are limited!

We're Taking Over the Block!
College to Host 2017 Geaux Science
Block Party

Celebrate the start of the new school year and the football season during the College of Science Geaux Science Block Party, September 7, 4:30 p.m., Tower DriveAll College of Science faculty, students and staff are invited to attend.  Join us for fun, food, games, and cool College of Science giveaways. 

Students: You must present your Tiger Card to enter the party. Be there, or be square!
  • Night at the Museum 2017-18, LSU Museum of Natural Science

The Museum of Natural Science has released the schedule for Night at the Museum 2017-18. They will kick off the series with LSU Special Collections on August 29. > More

  • Museum of Natural Science Special Saturdays 2017-2018

"Special Saturdays" at the LSU Museum of Natural Science is a STEM program focused on introducing children and their parents to the world of natural science. > More

  • Going to AGU 2017 or another scientific conference?! Be an official conference microblogger for the College of Science!

We are offering complimentary student-rate conference registration for selected graduate students and/or undergraduate researchers who produce social media content for the college based on their conference experiences! Selected students will also get one-on-one science communication and social media training from our team! > More


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Sam Bentley Guoli Ding Peter Doran Robert Lipton Kenneth Lopata J. Cameron Thrash
  • Guoli Ding, professor in the Department of Mathematics, has been named Hubert Butts Professor of Mathematics. Ding joined the mathematics department last year. He received his PhD in 1991 in Operations Research at Rutgers University, and has contributed more than 65 publications to mathematics, operations research and computer science. > More
  •  Peter Doran, John Franks Endowed Chair in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at LSU, has contributed to new research that shows that an abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade. The research findings were published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. > More
  • Kenneth Lopata, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has received an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. This program, now in its eighth year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists, at universities and national laboratories, early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. > More
  • J. Cameron Thrash, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been awarded one of 10 National Academies of Sciences Early-Career Research Fellowships in the Gulf Research Program. The fellowship supports emerging scientists as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. > More

Math Circle 2017
Summer Program Nurtures Students' Passion for Math

Ali Marzoughi, Evonne Yang and Dylan Spedale present their Dilone Cipher project during the Math Circle poster presentation this past summer.

The LSU College of Science 's Mathematics department hosted it's 11 th  annual  Math Circle Summer Program, a four-week long  summer  program for high school students that are passionate about mathematics. Executive Director Steven O lsen along with two teachers, ga ve students a taste of college level mathematics  and helped them form and complete research projects . This year's circle consisted of 22 students .  > More

How fast can you solve a Rubik's Cube? Watch Rohin Gilman, senior at McKinley High School and 2017 Math Circle participant, solve the Rubik's Cube in under 10 seconds!

President's Millennial Scholars
Meet the Class of 2020

The President's Millennial Scholars Program is an initiative by LSU's Office of Diversity. The program leverages a student-centered approach to ensure the academic, cognitive, personal, career and professional development of students from underrepresented populations. Made possible through a gift by an alumni benefactor, PMSP is designed to retain students by providing academic support, professional and leadership development, and mentorship from faculty and staff. 

Meet the scholars in the College of Science:
  • Andres Dangla, Norco, Louisiana native, majoring in biological sciences (pre-med program of study)
  • Alan Kenneth Lee, Alexandria, Louisiana native, majoring in biochemistry
  • AndrĂ© Nguyen, New Orleans, Louisiana native, majoring in biological sciences (pre-dental program of study)
  • Caretia Washington, Shreveport, Louisiana native, majoring in microbiology
  • Ajah Williams, Vidalia Louisiana native, majoring in biochemistry

Kitchen Chemistry
Alumnus Claude J. Davis  is the Principal Scientist  Behind  the Zatarain's Brand

With more than 16 years in the food industry, chemistry alumnus Claude Davis has helped develop some of the brands we know and love like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Oscar Mayer Meats. Today, he is the principal scientist and brand ambassador for Zatarain's, a product line that includes staple seasonings for many wanting to add a bit of Louisiana styled flavor to their meal. As brand ambassador, Claude is the official spokesperson for the brand with responsibilities ranging from radio and television to trade shows and corporate sponsorship events.

Claude earned his ACS-certified bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Xavier University and completed his graduate studies in the LSU Department of Chemistry in organic chemistry. Click here to learn more about Claude.


Honoring A Legacy
Mario Rivera Named William A. Pryor Chair in Chemistry

Professor Mario Rivera and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry William A. Pryor

Following a nationwide search over the past couple of years, we are delighted to announce that Professor Mario Rivera will be joining LSU Chemistry in Spring 2018. He will be the inaugural William A. Pryor Chair in Chemistry. The chair honors the legacy of Professor Pryor's research in the field of oxidative biology and free radicals. The primary criterion for the chair is that research interests lie at the interface of chemistry, biology and medicine, with clear relevance to human health. > More

Support Research  
and Scholarship
at LSU

Join the LSU College of Science 
Dean's Circle

The Dean's Circle (DC) is a loyal group of alumni and friends who share a passion for advancing research and scholarship at LSU. Our DC provides the working capital needed to fund pursuits of the college including scholarships for first-year students, student organizations and educational travel expenses, faculty recruitment and recognition activities, and development initiatives that build alumni and community relations.

Dean's Circle membership recognizes the generosity of alumni and friends who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the Science Development Fund. For a gift of $250, alumni who have graduated within the last ten years may also become members.
To join by mail, make your check payable to "LSU Foundation-Science Dean's Circle" and mail your check to:  LSU Foundation,  3838 West Lakeshore Drive,  Baton Rouge, LA  70808.
To join online, go to

New Dean's Circle Members

The College of Science welcomes the newest members to the Dean's Circle. Thank you for your contribution to the teaching and research activities in the college:
  • Dr. Frank Groves, joined August 2017
  • Mrs. Margaret and Dr. Dupont Durst, joined July 2017
  • Mrs. Laura and Dr. Samir Sukkar, joined June 2017
  • Mr. John Moore, joined May 2017
  • Mrs. Erin and Dr. Gregory Ardoin, joined May 2017

Dean's Circle Members!

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Dean's Circle Dinner, Friday, October 13, at the downtown Baton Baton Rouge Hilton. 

The cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a dessert reception immediately after the program. Our speaker for the evening is  Dr. Jacqueline Stephens, professor of biological sciences and  Claude B. Pennington Jr. Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research  Professor.

Click here to watch Jacqueline's TEDxLSU talk where she makes a passionate plea for the basic importance of scientific research.

Please RSVP your attendance to  or  call  225.578.6925 
by Friday, October 6 th. 

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