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Ogden Honors College Student Recognized in 2017 Goldwater Competition

LSU junior Faiz Alam received an honorable mention

LSU Junior Faiz Alam, a native of Lafayette, La., has received an Honorable Mention from the 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship competition. 

“Faiz took advantage of a research opportunity early in his freshman year and has thrived in a research environment,” said Drew Lamonica Arms, director of the Ogden Honors Office of Fellowship Advising. “His honorable mention by the Goldwater Scholarship Program recognizes not only his lab skills but also his potential to be a career scientist.  I am extremely proud of his commitment to research, among the many activities he does on campus. Faiz’s experience demonstrates the benefits of embracing undergraduate research at LSU; this recognition will distinguish him as he moves forward in his career.”

Alam is a student in the LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College and the College of Engineering, a Stamps Scholar, and a Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) Scholar. He is pursuing a biological engineering major with a minor in robotics engineering.

Alam has worked as a research assistant in Associate Professor of Biological Engineering W. Todd Monroe’s lab since 2015, where he has contributed to multiple projects. He serves as the lead on his current project, which involves a device that is designed to assess livestock fertility in resource-poor environments. He plans to publish his findings in his Honors Thesis.

“I am honored to receive this recognition and am grateful for the chance to represent LSU,” Alam said. “I would like to thank Drs. Todd Monroe and Drew Lamonica Arms for their help throughout the application process, ensuring that my application is as competitive as possible, Jacob Beckham for guiding and assisting me throughout my time in the lab, and Drs. Vince LiCata and Gerald Knapp for providing me with letters of recommendation which were an invaluable part of my application.”

This spring, Alam interned at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, where he worked for Deputy Secretary Michelle Alletto. He also serves as Assistant Academic Director of Student Government.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

Congress established the Barry Goldwater Scholarship in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate. The scholarship was designed to alleviate a critical, current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising

The Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising advises current students and recent graduates from all colleges at LSU as they apply for prestigious national and international fellowships. Students interested in applying for the Goldwater Scholarship may contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of the Office of Fellowship Advising, at

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.

LSU College of Engineering

Founded in 1908, the LSU College of Engineering offers 11 undergraduate degree programs and confers approximately 650 bachelor’s degrees per year, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationally for graduates. Faculty members engage in education, research, and commercialization with a strategic focus on research indigenous to Louisiana: energy, manufacturing, natural & built infrastructure, computation and biotechnology. For more information about LSU’s College of Engineering visit