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Two LSU Students Receive Astronaut Scholarships

Two LSU Students Receive Astronaut Scholarships

Sarah Dunn and Gabrielle Langlois

LSU students Sarah Dunn and Gabrielle Langlois were recently selected as Astronaut Scholars by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, making them the seventh and eighth LSU recipients since 2015.

Dunn is a third-year Ogden Honors College student majoring in industrial engineering. She is currently working with Associate Professor Laura Ikuma and doctoral student Oluwakemi Adio in research aiming to reduce the overutilization of the 9-1-1 system. Dunn has presented her findings at LSU Discover Day and is co-authoring a journal manuscript with Ikuma and Adio presently.She has also completed a cooperative internship at the Tindall Corporation in Moss Point, MS. and is a Distinguished Communicator candidate. Her research is conducted as part of her participation in the President's Future Leaders in Research Program of LSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development. 

“For me, becoming an Astronaut Scholar is an acknowledgement that my aspiration to expand industrial engineering research and make it more accessible to workers in industry resonates with leaders across the STEM fields,” said Dunn. “I am thrilled to become a part of the Astronaut Scholars community and to learn from all my trailblazing STEM peers across the country. This scholarship will not only help connect me to a network of current and future leaders, but it will also facilitate the pursuit of my vision for industrial engineering after graduation.”

Langlois is a third-year student majoring in environmental engineering. She is currently conducting research with Assistant Professor Samuel Snow on samples of Escherichia coli and bacteriophage MS2. She is designing photocatalytic water disinfection experiments and measuring the concentrations as a result of increases in exposure time. With Snow, Langlois is a co-author of a “Current Status and Recommendations Toward a Virus Standard for Ballast Water, currently in press. In addition, Langlois is planning a service trip with Snow to Nicaragua to help bring clean water to a community in need. 

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a member of the 2019 Astronaut Scholar Class,” said Langlois. “It’s encouraging to know I have support from ASF to pursue my research that I am so passionate about. My mentors at LSU continue to trust me with challenging and new projects that allow me to accomplish more than I ever thought I could. This support motivates me to learn more about photocatalytic water disinfection and be successful in my research. This scholarship enables me to meet other students and professionals in my field on my journey to become a better environmental engineer.”

“We commend Sarah and Gabrielle for continuing the recognition of LSU STEM majors by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation,” said Dr. Drew Lamonica Arms, Director of Fellowship Advising.  “With the support of their PIs, both put forward compelling applications that described their current undergraduate research experience and spoke to their future contributions in engineering.  As two of 50 students recognized by ASF, Sarah and Gabrielle are among the brightest and most talented STEM undergraduates in the nation.”

As part of the scholarship, both students will receive:

  • Up to $10,000 award
  • Expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in August for the Innovators Gala
  • Opportunity to present and represent LSU at the Scholar Technical Conference
  • Mentoring for one year by scholar alumni, C-suite executive or astronaut
  • Opportunity to participate in the Professional Development Program
  • Opportunity to participate in ASF events
  • Membership in the Astronaut Scholar Honor Society

The Astronaut Scholarship is awarded to students in their junior and senior year of college studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics with the intent to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree.


About the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
The ASF was founded more than 30 years ago by the six surviving Mercury 7 astronauts to help the United States retain its global position in technology and innovation by supporting the best and brightest scholars in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while commemorating the legacy of America’s pioneering astronauts.

About the 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 an Astronaut Scholarship may contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of the Office of Fellowship Advising, at

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