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(source: UL Lafayette News Item: Thu, 12/15/2016)

Six graduate students have been selected as finalists for the Outstanding Master's Graduate designation. Each graduate program can nominate one student for the award, based on leadership, scholarship, service, and research. A committee, led by the dean of the University's Graduate School, selects the top candidates. A UL Lafayette Alumni Association committee interviews each candidate and chooses one as the overall Outstanding Master's Graduate. That person will be recognized during the Commencement General Assembly on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Cajundome.

Jade Bujard is the Outstanding Master's Graduate for the School of Geosciences. He has a 3.88 GPA. Bujard's thesis explored potential petroleum prospects off the coast of New Zealand. He located an area of interest using seismic and geophysical techniques. He has presented those research findings to industry professionals in Houston and to the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition. Bujard was a member of a UL Lafayette team that placed second in the Gulf Coast Region of the International Imperial Barrel Award competition. As part of the global contest, university students spend two months analyzing data to determine the best place to drill for oil. He interned with three resource exploration companies in Lafayette. Bujard is a member of several professional organizations, including the University's Geological Society, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Lafayette Geological Society, and the Southwest Louisiana Geophysical Society. He is the son of Stanton and Melissa Bujard of Youngsville, La.

Photo info: Six students who will receive master's degrees during Fall 2016 Commencement ceremonies are finalists for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's overall Outstanding Master's Graduate Award. Shown, from left, are: Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president; Daniel Forest, Department of Industrial Technology; Jude Monte, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions; Thomas Mouton, School of Architecture and Design; Jade Bujard, School of Geosciences; and Ian Madray, Department of Electrical Engineering. Not pictured is Nolan Williams, Department of Psychology.