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Ogden Honors College Graduates 71 Students

Ogden Honors College Graduates 71 Students

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The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College graduated 71 students at its graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Thirty-three students were awarded College Honors, one of LSU’s highest graduation distinctions.  Distinguished guest Mr. Roger Ogden and Executive Vice President and Provost Stuart Bell delivered remarks.

Ogden Honors College students were recognized with a variety of distinctions and awards. Six Ogden Honors students received the University Medal, given to LSU students graduating with the highest grade point averages. 26 students graduated summa cum laude; 10 students graduated magna cum laude, and 13 students graduated cum laude. Forty-eight students completed an Honors Thesis.

Six Ogden students were recognized with the Ogden Honors College Outstanding Thesis Award:

Samantha Lynn Bares, “Our Cosmogenies: Creation Myth in Everyday Moments”
Assistant Professor Jennifer Davis

Hardy Hang, “Studies to Elucidate the Location and function of STAT5A/pyruvate dehydrogenase complex in adipocytes”
Professor Jacqueline Stephens 

Sergio David Hurtado Jr., “The Argentine Double Movement: A Decade of Social Resistance Against Neoliberalism”
Associate Professor Wonik Kim

Matthew James Landry, “A Comparison of Nutrient Intake, Nutrient Adequacy, Diet quality, and Obesity Prevalence in Low-Income Children (2-18 yr) Based on Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: NHANES 2003-2010”
Professor Carol O’Neil

Brandon Oubre, “Development of Inexpensive Educational Robotics Tools”
Assistant Professor Supratik Mukhopadhyay

Erin M. Percevault, “The Successional Grid”
Assistant Professor Forbes Lipschitz

Two students received the Leo & Insa Abraham Outstanding Honors Senior Award:

Grace Reinke graduated summa cum laude and with College Honors, earning a BA in Political Science. She is a Louisiana Service and Leadership Scholar and a founding member of LSU’s Feminists in Action. She has served as a Government Relations Intern with the Feminist Majority Foundation in Washington, DC. Reinke wrote and defended an Honors Thesis titled “Surviving the Velvet Hammer: Analyzing the Criminalization of Working Class Mothers in a Neoliberal Context.” 

AshLee Smith graduated with Upper Division Honors Distinction, earning a BA in Anthropology. Smith wrote and defended an Honors Thesis on the effectiveness of social safety net programs in reducing material hardship among low-income Americans, and recently presented her research at the 2015 Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago. In her junior year, Smith received a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship, which allowed to her to take coursework at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkley in the summer of 2014. During her time at LSU she founded two student organizations: the LSU Geography and Anthropology Society, and the LSU Society of African and African-American Studies. This fall Smith will begin a PhD program in Political Science, with a concentration in American Studies, at Cornell University.

A large number of Ogden Honors graduating seniors plan to pursue advanced degrees in prestigious programs at Cambridge University, Stanford University, MIT, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Bristol, Johns Hopkins University, Texas A&M, University of Texas-Austin, Rice University, University of Notre Dame, UNC-Chapel Hill, San Jose State University, Northwestern University Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine, Tulane Medical School, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, George Washington University Law School and several of our graduates will continue at LSU, at our Health Sciences Centers, and at the Hebert Law Center.

 A complete list of graduates is organized by academic distinction and hometown below.

Graduating with College Honors (includes Upper Division Honors Distinction and defended thesis):

Baton Rouge, LA

Jonathan Craig Aker, BA Political Science

Samantha Lynn Bares, BA English

Sergio David Hurtado, Jr., BA Political Science and International Studies

Carley Angela Tatman, BS International Trade and Finance

Sreeja Sanampudi, BS Biochemistry

Megan Therese O'Connor, BA Anthropology, LASAL Scholar

Anthony Alonso Tan, BA Political Science

Paxton M. Turner, BS Mathematics

 

Belle Chase, LA

Mitchell Keith Mason, BS Computer Science

 

Destrehan, LA

Jeremy Robert Tillay, BS Mathematics

 

Folsom, LA

Elliott R. Thompson, BS Biological Sciences

 

Gray, LA

Endya Lynn Hash, BA Art History and Religious Studies

 

Holden, LA

Zachary Louis Fitzpatrick, BS Biochemistry

 

Iowa, LA

Hardy Hang, BS Microbiology

 

Jarreau, LA

Chelsea Renee Andre, BA Sociology, BA Political Science

 

Kenner, LA

Anna Elizabeth Leger, BA Political Science and International Studies

 

Lake Charles, LA

Haley Elizabeth Barlow, BA Psychology
Jason Donald Mueller, BS Physics and Mathematics

 

Mandeville, LA

Emily Christine Bennett, BS Biological Sciences, LASAL Scholar

 

Monroe, LA

Morgan Lacey Hargrove, BS Computer Science

 

New Orleans, LA

Leslie Michelle LaCoste, BA Political Science

 

Norco, LA

Brandon Richard Oubre, BS Computer Science, BS Mathematics

 

Pierre Part, LA

Matthew James Landry, BS Nutrition and Food Sciences

 

Sulphur, LA

Bruno Gabriel Beltran, BS Mathematics

 

Ville Platte, LA

Christopher Brian Sylvester, BSBE Biological Engineering

 

West Monroe, LA

Rachael Tara Keller, BS Mathematics

 

Woodworth, LA

Amanda Kay Breaux, BS Biological Sciences

 

Greenwood Village, CO

Katie Marie Benson, BS Biological Sciences

 

Marietta, GA

Grace Elizabeth Reinke, BA Political Science, LASAL Scholar

 

Plainfield, IL

Desmarie L. Stewart, BS Biological Sciences, LASAL Scholar

 

Columbia, MO

Melissa Rebecca Wheeler, BA International Studies, BA English

 

Verona, NJ

Erin M. Percevault, BLA Landscape Architecture

 

Kingwood, TX

Catherine Harwood Lowe, BA French Studies, LASAL Scholar

 

Graduating with Upper Division Honors Distinction (includes defended Honors Thesis):

Baton Rouge, LA

AshLee M. Smith, BA Anthropology

 

Lake Charles, LA

Carmen Marie Hawkins, BS Marketing

 

Metairie, LA

Katherine Adele Ball, BS Communication Disorders

 

Slaughter, LA

Brittany Lynn Martin, BA Psychology

 

Graduating with Honors Thesis defended:

Baton Rouge, LA

Shannon Diane McDuff, BS Biological Sciences

 

Denham Springs, LA

Katelyn Elizabeth Jackson, BS Biological Sciences/BA English

 

New Orleans, LA

Amanda Rose Morice, BA Psychology and Religious Studies

 

Shreveport, LA

Dequantarius J. Speed, BS Biochemistry

 

St. Francisville, LA

Cedric Wayne Williams, BS Physics and Mathematics

 

Las Vegas, NV

Keith Ferrari Lasko, BS Biological Sciences

 

Austin, TX

Andrea Taylor Moss, BS Kinesiology

 

Dallas, TX

Katherine Knapheide Sartain, BAMC Mass Communication

 

Rowlett, TX

Clayton Christopher McCuiston, BS Biological Sciences

 

Graduating as members in good standing of the Ogden Honors College:

Baker, LA

Orrin Todd Byland, BS Management


Baton Rouge, LA

Sarah Jasmine Abuhajah, BA Psychology 

Zachary David Belou, BS Mathematics 

Monica Leigh Bergeron, BA International Studies, BA Political Science

 Jane E. Craig, BS Biological Sciences

Jared Glenn DeSoto, BSEE Electrical Engineering

Carson Monroe Garand, BS Child and Family Studies

Avery James St. Dizier, BS Mathematics

 

Covington, LA

Rebecca Ann Schwabe, BA English

 

Denham Springs, LA

Katlyn Elizabeth Cotton, BA Art History

 

Greenwelll Springs, LA

Callea Anna McGehee, BArch Architecture

 

Kenner, LA

Justin Parker Katz, BSChE Chemical Engineering

Patrick Michael McWilliams, BA Sociology

 

Lake Charles, LA

Colby James Duhon, BS Finance

 

Leesville, LA

Naseem Hussein Alammar, BS Biological Sciences

 

Marksville, LA

Erika Sable Johnston, BA International Studies

 

Metairie, LA

Colette Laree Childress, BS Nutrition and Food Sciences and Biological Sciences

John Claiborne Humphreys, BA History

Jill Elaine Prados, BS Biological Sciences

Patrick Michael Rayle, BS Biological Sciences

 

New Orleans, LA

Caroline Elizabeth Donze, BA Political Science and Sociology

 

Slidell, LA

Lloyd Robert Moffett, III, BA Psychology

 

Natchez, MS

Kathryn Marylee Williams, BAMC Mass Communication

 

Sugar Land, TX

Matthew Horton, BS Chemistry