N.O. students honored at LSU

Three LSU students from the New Orleans area were inducted into the LSU University College’s McNair Research Scholars program.

They are Sierra Jackson, daughter of Sylvia Brown, of New Orleans; Natasha Marie Lee, daughter of Yvette Lee, of New Orleans; and Casey Lynn Duvall, daughter of Thomas and Sandra Duvall, of Gretna.

McNair Research Scholars is a U.S. Department of Education program that promotes doctoral studies for first-generation college students, students who are from a background of financial need, and students from ethnic groups underrepresented in graduate education.

LSU University College’s McNair Research Scholars program, which serves approximately 30 students per year, has some of the highest-achieving students nationwide. Thirteen students were inducted as new scholars in the undergraduate research program this year.

Jackson, a junior chemistry and biological sciences major, serves as an executive board member for the Black Student Union.

“I have always wanted to be a forensic scientist. Preparing and attending graduate school will help me to be competitive with my peers,” Jackson said. “The McNair Research Scholars program will help guide me through my undergraduate years by showing me step by step what I need to do to realize my dreams and aspirations.”

Lee, a sophomore psychology major, serves as an executive board member for the Black Student Union.

“The McNair Research Scholars program will afford me the opportunity to make new connections, to work with research and development, and to inform me on future opportunities to better myself, my education, and others. I believe that a Ph.D. in clinical psychology will fit my intentions and goals,” Lee said.

Duvall, a biological science major, joins 12 others as new scholars in the undergraduate research program.

“Since my first biology class in high school, I have always had a passion for genetics,” said Duvall.

As a member of the LSU gymnastics team, much of Duvall’s extended time and efforts beyond the classroom were devoted to athletics and the gym. She helped lead LSU gymnastics to win the LSU Tiger Award, an award presented to the LSU athletic team with the highest team GPA, national finish and community service.