St. Joseph's Academy


Seniors Participate in Research Program

Posted On: 4/25/2018

Two St. Joseph’s Academy seniors were among the undergraduate and high school students who conducted research with LSU faculty this year through the President’s Future Leaders in Research, or PFLR, and the Year Zero Pilot programs. A breakfast event was held on April 16 at the LSU Student Union to recognize the accomplishments of the student researchers. 

Mary Catherine Lorio and Julia Rogers were among the six local high school students who participated in the PFLR Year Zero Pilot program, designed to provide an early start for students to obtain research experience during their senior year. This enables these specially nominated high school students to initiate a premium research experience with co-mentors from their high schools, enhancing their potential to obtain high quality results and professional development during their career at LSU and beyond.

Lorio conducted research with Jonathan Dowling of the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, while Rogers conducted research with Golden Richard of the LSU Division of Computer Science & Engineering and the Center for Computation & Technology.

For 2018-2019, five SJA students have been selected to participate in the Year Zero program. Participants receive a $1,550 stipend for each year they participate in the program. They will spend several hours each week throughout their senior year working in their mentors’ labs with other undergraduate and graduate students. SJA’s participants for next year are juniors Abby Blaize, economics/engineering; Madi Boudreaux, psychology; Sydney Clebert, biological engineering; Maurie Morris, biology; and Adeline Roemer, veterinary medicine. 

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director


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