Science & Engineering Dean’s Student Grant
Dean Noonan recently awarded the first Science & Engineering Dean’s Grant, to Stephanie Lapierre’15 to partially fund her summer internship at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After Stephanie realized that she was interested in getting a Doctorate and pursuing a career in research related to exercise physiology, she began searching for hands on research experience. After finding the prestigious Pennington Biomedical Research Center, which focuses on the interconnectedness of chronic diseases, Stephanie applied for a summer internship with the department of Inactivity Physiology. Stephanie was accepted to the program and will be learning about how the research process works, assisting in collecting data, and analyzing it on her own.
When Stephanie was asked what she was most excited for she replied, “I have and advisor named Dr. Marc Hamilton, and he is an internationally renowned expert in physical activity. He is just starting some new research and says that I will be at the forefront of this research. I’m really excited to get out there and get involved.” Dr. Hamilton, Stephanie’s advisor continues to keep in contact with her, and sends journal articles so that she will be ready for the research that she will take part in this summer. Stephanie says, “I hope to improve my scientific writing, improve my skills working with people as subjects, learn how to assess data, and learn how to effectively carry out a research project.”
To learn more about the Pennington Biomedical Research Center visit https://www.pbrc.edu/
The Science and Engineering Department is in the first year of a five-year $448,856 grant from the National Science Foundation to retain and graduate more computer science and engineering students at part of the national Graduate 10K+ initiative over the next decade.
Grant fuels active science research