Honors students had the opportunity to learn about the Louisiana wetlands in a day-trip to Southeastern's Turtle Cove Research Station in Pass Manchac. Students were given a quick orientation to wetlands ecology by Michael Green of the Biology Department, followed by a boat trip through Pass Manchac to Lake Ponchartrain. Along the way, students collected plankton and sediment samples. Back at the launch site, students were able to analyze their samples under microscopes and identify several types of plankton and other marine life.
Vanessa Crompton takes Plankton samples. Morgan Marcum analyzes samples.
Between 30 March and 9 April, ten Honors students presented their senior theses in open forums. The theses demonstrate the breadth of the Honors Program and featured projects in Biology, Psychology, Kinesiology, Philosophy, Political Science, and English. Theses presented were
Chris Gualgliardo, Political Science, “The Eternal, on the Contrary, is the Present: A study on Soren Kierkegaard
Hannah Locke, Psychology, “Attachment to Groups: A theoretically integrative approach to group identification.”
Mamie Coleman, Kinesiology, “Active Gaming: Fitness fad or revolution”
Heather Guillot, Biology, “A New Spin on Lithobates Catesbianus”
Michelle Badeaux, English, “The Will to Write: A discussion of the connection between mental illness and confessional literature”
Meggie Doucet, Biology, “An Ultrastructural Investigation of Cultured PreB Lymphocytes During Recombination”
Lauren Eserman, Biology, A Worldwide Phylogeny of Morning Glories using ITS Sequence Data”
Jenna Holmes, Political Science, “Africa: Underdeveloped and underappreciated”
Zealon Solomon, Political Science, “Explaining the 1994 Congressional Elections and Predicting the 2010 Congressional Elections”
Stephanie Joffrion, Psychology, “Attitudes Towards Autism and Vaccines”
At the Spring 2009 Commencement Ceremony, Southeastern Louisiana University awarded its highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence, to 10 students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university's five colleges and Division of General Studies. The awardees included two Honors students: Meggie Doucet and Hannah Locke.
From left, front, are general students major Jeanne Louise Villere of Slidell, early childhood education major Allie L. Sturino of Marrero; elementary education major Courtney Bright Dupont of Ponchatoula, psychology major Hannah Esther Locke of Slidell, communication sciences and disorders major Shannon Alyssa Wheeler of Walker; back, Congressman Steve Scalise, the commencement keynote speaker; President John L. Crain, biology major Meggie Elizabeth Doucet of Raceland, finance major Tiffany M. Mizell of Livingston, English major Mechelle A. Rouchon of Clinton, marketing major Melissa Karen Morse of Robert, political science major Elizabeth Gravois of Vacherie, and Andre Coudrain, member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.