This school year, a record number of LSU students received national scholarships and awards, including three from St. Tamani Parish – Slidell resident Brianna Robertson and Covington residents Bridget Segers and Jacob Lions.
“In every field and in every college on the LSU campus, our amazing students compete on the national stage for prestigious scholarships, conduct groundbreaking research that impacts the real world, and prepare for a highly successful career,” said LSU President Tom Galligan. .
- Segers, freshman, was awarded a scholarship by the U.S. Department of State to study Swahili this summer. Seghers is a student at Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College and the College of Agriculture, majoring in animal science with a concentration in science and technology. The program is part of an intensive US government effort to expand the number of students studying 15 world languages considered vital to America’s security and economic condition. Segers, who will graduate from LSU in May 2024, was selected from a diverse set of more than 4,600 applicants representing 628 different higher education institutions.
- Robertson received a scholarship for astronaut 2020, which recognizes the best and smartest minds in STEM, which show initiative, creativity and excellence in their chosen field. Presented by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, the scholarship provides up to $ 15,000 to promising scientists, while marking the legacy of American astronauts Mercury 7 – each of which sponsors and raises funds to create the current scholarship program. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has awarded 56 scholarships to students from 41 different universities across the country. Robertson, a junior majoring in physics and computer engineering, is conducting research with Jin-woo Choi to develop an automated end-to-end system using neural networks for the physical layer of telecommunications in software-defined radios, which will lead to better in-space communication.
- Lyon, recently graduated from LSU, received an award from the Association of College Schools of Architecture (ACSA) for its work derived from the master plan for the reconstruction of the road plan developed by BuildBR in one of the historic but economically neglected parts of the city of Baton Rouge. Lyons designed an urban educational food platform with a garden center, public park, farmers market and microculinary school to emphasize healthy cooking and breeding of local fish and vegetation, which he called Pesce Plaza. Over the past three years, senior architecture students at LSU have won awards from the association, which is the most renowned international research organization supporting university architectural programs.