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Ogden Honors Student Logan Istre Receives Prestigious James Madison Foundation Fellowship
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Logan Istre

Baton Rouge, La. – Logan Istre, a senior in the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College and College of Humanities & Social Sciences, has recently been awarded a fellowship from the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. Istre will begin his graduate work in the History Department at LSU in the Fall of 2018.

According to their website, the James Madison Fellowships “were created to honor Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution — its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government.”

The Madison Foundation will contribute up to $24,000 to pay for Istre’s graduate tuition for the next two years. Then, in the summer of 2019, the Madison Foundation will send him to Washington to take courses and make connections in all three branches of the federal government.

A history major with a concentration in secondary education, Istre currently trains at the LSU Lab School as a student-teacher as part of the Geaux Teach Social Studies program. Over the course of his academic career Istre has worked as a Supplemental Instructor and successfully defended his Honors Thesis. Under the direction of Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle, Istre’s Honors thesis explored the nineteenth-century economic policies of Henry George

“Logan Istre is a true student of history.  He's not afraid to wade into difficult topics like tax policy, land reform, or the minutia of the Constitution,” Earle said. “I'm delighted the Madison Foundation agrees, and will fund his master's work at LSU.

Assistant Professor History Zevi Gutfreund agreed, and emphasized Istre’s dedication to academics as one of the Geaux Teach seniors who pursued and defended a thesis as the culmination of his undergraduate research.

“Logan has been an exemplary student in the History Department,” Gutfreund said. “Logan is also one of four Geaux Teach seniors who successfully defended an Honors Thesis last December. He plans to teach high school after completing his M.A. at LSU.”


The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. The Foundation is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the federal government. Funding for the Foundation's programs comes from Congress and generous contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations. The Foundation has a Board of Trustees and its daily operations are directed by a president and a small staff. The Foundation's office is located in Alexandria, Virginia.


LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College 

The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) offers a diverse range of courses, minors, and degree programs that are critical to success in today’s global market. Students, faculty, and staff are visionary leaders in their respective fields, a tradition of excellence that began with the College’s inception in 1908. For more information on the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, visit


Geaux Teach Social Studies Program

The Geaux Teach Social Studies program is for History majors with a Secondary Education Concentration (Geaux Teach Social Studies). Geaux Teach students graduate in four years with a B.A. in History and certification to teach Social Studies in Louisiana schools. Students spend three semesters observing mentor teachers in middle schools and high schools in the Baton Rouge area while they complete their coursework on campus. In their final semester “capstone” experience, Geaux Teach candidates work in their assigned schools as full-time Social Studies student-teachers.



Jacqueline DeRobertis
Ogden Honors College