LSU has nominated four students for the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Faiz Alam, Caitlin Billiot, John Paul Marceaux and Jackson Mierl will compete with students from universities across the country for the chance to be named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar. Students must be selected through an internal competition at LSU in order to compete for the scholarship.
Goldwater Scholars are awarded one and two-year $7,500 stipends to pursue undergraduate research in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. To apply for the scholarship, students must submit a research essay that demonstrates their interest and ability in these fields. Goldwater Scholarships are widely considered one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards available to students of the STEM disciplines.
Meet the LSU Goldwater Nominees:
Faiz Alam, of Lafayette, La., is a junior studying biological engineering in the College of Engineering. His research involves the design, creation and testing of microfluidic devices used to address biological problems.
Caitlin Billiot, of Gretna, La., is a sophomore studying microbiology in the College of Science. Billiot’s research essay concerns multi-drug resistant strains of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumonia, which cause many infections each year.
John Paul Marceaux, of Lake Charles, La., is a junior studying physics in the LSU College of Science. In his research essay, Marceaux presents a code that he constructed alongside Dr. A. Ravi Rau in the Department of Physics and Astronomy that exploits the Lie-Clifford algebra of quantum operators to perform a mapping to projective geometry, thereby resolving the Kirkman design system, an important problem in both computer science and quantum information.
Jackson Mierl, of Mandeville, La., is a junior pursuing dual degrees in biology and philosophy. Mierl’s research essay focused on computational methods for genetic discovery associated with congenital heart disease.
“I am so pleased to put forward these four excellent students to compete for our nation’s most prestigious scholarship in the natural sciences, math, and engineering,” said Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle.
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