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LSU Honors College Students Named 2014 NSF Research Fellows

Four LSU Honors College students have received 2014 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Corey Landry and Shelby Pursley are LSU Honors College seniors. Alexander Leder and Carl Sabottke are Honors College alumni.  

“We are proud that our Honors College STEM students continue to win the most prestigious national awards available, enabling them to continue their studies and contribute to the development of their fields,” LSU Honors College Dean Nancy Clark said.

Corey Landry is a Biomedical Engineering major. He is currently writing an Honors Thesis and is also in the College of Engineering’s accelerated Master’s degree program. Corey has participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Harvard, where he conducted research on networked nanotechnology. He has received both the LSU Howard Hughes Medical Institute International (HHMI) Scholarship and, in 2013, a Goldwater Scholarship.

Shelby Pursley is also a Biomedical Engineering major. Shelby is the President of the Engineering Council and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. In 2013, she participated in a nanotechnology REU at Georgia Tech. She is currently writing an Honors Thesis on microfluidics and cell cryoprotectant loading.

Alexander Leder graduated from the Honors College in 2012 with a degree in Math and Physics from the College of Science. He wrote an Honors Thesis on radioactive decay detection and received both College Honors and the University Medal at graduation. Alexander is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in particle physics at MIT. 

Carl Sabottke graduated from the Honors College in 2013. He majored in Chemistry, was a LaSTEM, LSU-HHMI, and a 2012 Goldwater Scholar, and received the University Medal at graduation. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Maryland.

“Congratulations to Corey, Shelby, Carl and Alex!” said Drew Lamonica Arms, Director of Fellowship Advising at the Honors College. “Recognition by the National Science Foundation is a fitting reward for their exemplary contributions to undergraduate research at LSU. It is wonderful to see that Honors College students continue their outstanding research initiatives at prestigious graduate institutions.” 

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and financially supports outstanding graduate students in the STEM disciplines. GRFP Fellows receive three years of support, a $32,000 annual stipend, and international research and development opportunities. The institution at which the fellow is matriculated also receives a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance.

The LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising assists students in applying for prestigious undergraduate and post-graduate fellowships and scholarships. For more information about our fellowship advising resources, or to schedule an appointment, contact