On Saturday we celebrated the graduation of Louisiana Tech's 2017 Spring Graduates. It was the largest graduating class in the school's history with over 900 graduating students. Among them were Marcus Kety (BS, Biomedical Engineering), Justin Philobos (BS, Biological Sciences) and Katie Whitehead (MS, MSNT). Marcus will be staying on to complete his Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering under my supervision, so we don't have to say goodbye just yet. Justin is heading back home to California where he will be applying for medical school. Katie will also be taking the year off to apply to medical school (and help us write a few manuscripts on the work she did in the lab over the last three years). All of these students have been a joy to have in the lab! We will miss Katie's dedication and generosity in helping to train and mentor so many of the students who are now in the group and we will definitely miss Justin's cheerful spirit and infectious lab, but we are excited to see what the next chapter of their life holds. Congratulations Marcus, Justin, and Katie!! I am so proud to have been a part of your time at Louisiana Tech!!!
Today the winners of the Louisiana Tech Research Symposium were honored in a reception hosted by Dr. Stan Napper, the Vice President for Research and Development, and Dr. Les Guice, University President. It is a great opportunity for the students to be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments in conducting and presenting research. People got a little tired of hearing the Newman Lab be called up for an award, but these students worked hard and deserved the honor. Below are the students receiving their awards with Dr. Guice.
Dr. Guice invited the students into his office following the reception so that they could see the view from the 16th floor and get a picture with the bulldog.
Dr. Jamie Newman
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences