Today Rachel Eddy defended her senior honor's thesis, the first in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences to ever do this and only the second outside of the Humanities! Rachel presented to her committee along with friends and other faculty from the School of Biological Sciences and her art professor, Nick Bustamante. I could not be prouder of all that Rachel has achieved while in the lab and the recognition she received today for her outstanding presentation and thesis document.
Rachel joined the lab 2 years ago and in that time has presented at a number of conferences, optimized protocols for the lab, participated in successful group research projects, and been a dedicated student and lab citizen. In the past two years Rachel has presented at local and state conferences, most recently winning 1st place in the Louisiana Academy of Sciences annual meeting undergradaute oral presentation competition. On Wednesday Rachel leaves for Atlanta where she will present her research at the annual Society for Biomaterials meeting and next week she will be 1 of only 10 students representing Louisiana Tech at the annual University of Louisiana Academic Summit. Rachel was selected 2 years in a row to participate in the Louisiana Biomedical Research Summer Program, has received 2 College of Applied and Natural Sciences minigrants, and was awarded a Louisiana Space Consortium Undergraduate Research Assistantship. This is a tremendous list of accomplishments, but does not even include the other activities Rachel has been involved in, including art classes in Mural Painting and Digital Painting, and her participation and leadership in a society dedicated to raising awareness for mental illness. On May 18 I will have the privilege of introducing Rachel during the Honors Graduation Reception where out of 100 students graduating this spring, Rachel will be 1 of 3 who completed an honors thesis. I am so proud of all that Rachel has accomplished and will have more to post (with better photos) when she graduates in May. Congratulations Rachel on this amazing achievement!
Dr. Jamie Newman
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences