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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