LSU Discover Director
Phone: (225) 578-4378
Office: 333 Hatcher Hall
Dr. O’Neil is the Class of 1942 Alumni Professor at LSU and is in the College of Agriculture. She also directs the Didactic Program in Dietetics. She has served as the Chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan Team for SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation for LSU since 2011. Since 1998, Dr. O’Neil has worked mentoring undergraduate researchers, sending students to national conferences, co-authoring papers with undergraduate students, and chairing honors theses. She received her M.S. in Biology from the University of New Orleans in 1978, her PhD in Biology from Tulane University in 1982, from 1982-1984 she did a NIH Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship in Pulmonary and Fibrotic Disease. In addition, she has a MPH in Community Health Sciences from Tulane University in 1994, and is a Registered Dietitian.
Sarah D Ferstel, MA
Phone: (225) 578-7825
Office: 331 Hatcher Hall
Sarah Ferstel has worked at LSU since 2008 – her first five years were with the LSU Libraries and since 2013 she has worked for LSU Discover. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Liberal Arts at the Louisiana Scholars’ College in Natchitoches, LA. She spent the fall and spring semesters working in archaeological labs and summers excavating at local plantations and historical sites. While earning her Classical archaeology master’s degree from Florida State University, she taught Classical mythology courses and had the privilege to excavate at Pompeii during the summer. Sarah’s own undergraduate research project examined the development of the Isis cult in Roman Italy.
Naomi Clement is a Graduate Student in the College of Art & Design at LSU, where her area of concentration is Ceramics. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Canada (from which she hails) at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. Before deciding to pursue graduate studies, Naomi worked in the marketing department at a luxury travel company in Toronto, and brings these skills to her work at LSU Discover. Aside from her artistic interests, Naomi is an avid cook and has been fully embracing her US college experience—attending football and baseball games, organizing several tailgates, and most recently her first ever crawfish boil.
Grace Tessein is a Graduate Student concentrating in Ceramics at the College of Art & Design at LSU. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. While living in Philadelphia, Grace worked for a non-profit ceramic art organization called The Clay Studio. Prior to moving to Baton Rouge, she lived Alfred, NY where she worked for the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum as the Museum Assistant/Membership Coordinator. She enjoys hiking and gardening in her spare time.
Kwan Rhea is a Graduate Student in Nutrition and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture at LSU and a Louisiana native. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. During her matriculation at Spelman College, she conducted undergraduate research for three years and worked closely with her mentor to uncover mechanisms associated with natural products and their potential to treat cancer. Her connection to undergraduate research led her to LSU Discover. Kwan is self-taught chef and foodie, enjoys sketching and doing hot yoga. She plans to pursue a career in research and to begin a non-profit organization that promotes healthy dietary and lifestyle behaviors in low-income communities.