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Ray P. Authement College of Sciences Newsletter for 2017

Message From The Dean

Dear friends and colleagues,
Welcome to our new digital newsletter. We are happy to share some of the most recent progress made by our world-class faculty, staff, and students of the College. These dedicated and talented individuals are contributing to the College's growth and standing in education, research, and outreach. Several units in the College are once again in the top 100 of the National Science Foundation's ranking. Currently, enrollment and graduation of students is at a historic high. Over the past year, several of our faculty received some of the top awards and recognition for their research at the national level, and our students have been impressive with their success in getting job offers from some of the most competitive organizations. more

College's Outstanding Graduate is also University's Outstanding Graduate

Peace Eze, a geology major with a concentration in petroleum geology and a minor in mathematics, was honored as the outstanding graduate for both the College and the University at the Fall 2017 commencement. more

Science Day 2017, sponsored by Halliburton

Science Day is an annual event that introduces area high-school juniors and seniors to the faculty, students, alumni and facilities of the College of Sciences. This year, over 600 students attended and participated in presentations or hands-on activities in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Informatics, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics. more

Faculty Receives Prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation

Dr. Sheng Chen, Assistant Professor in the Center for Advanced Computer Studies within the School of Computing and Informatics, has received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He is the fifth faculty member from the School to receive this prestigious award. Dr. Chen's work focuses on type error debugging in programming languages and it is funded for five years with approximately $500,000. more

Thank You to our 2017 Special Donors

Constant Tedder Hearing Loss and Anemones Hair Cell Study Fund

Mr. Constant Tedder has set up a fund to help support the ongoing research at UL Lafayette using sea anemones to further explore how they might help hearing loss in humans. This study first came about 20 years ago, and is being conducted by current Biology faculty, Dr. Glen Watson and Dr. Patricia Mire in collaboration with Dr. Karen Smith. They were also assisted by Pei-Ciao Tang, a PhD student who has since graduated from UL Lafayette, among other current and former students. Mr. Tedder is known for his gracious philanthropy that supports scientific research in the US and overseas.

Roderick and Tina Clark Professorship Endowment Fund

Drs. Roderick and Tina Clark created this endowment fund to aid in their mission of establishing a Pre-Professional Advising Center on campus. This center will provide students with the resources they need to access quality advice as they explore the possibility of going to professional schools and programs in the medical field. Drs. Roderick and Tina Clark graduated from USL in 1982 with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. They then went on to become medical doctors. They are both active physicians in Lafayette, LA and continue to dedicate their time and efforts to supporting their patients, family, UL Lafayette, and the community of Lafayette as a whole.

Dr. Joseph G. Burleigh Endowed Undergraduate Student Scholarship in Biology

Dr. Joseph G. Burleigh established this fund to help support deserving undergraduate Biology students ease the financial stress they may face whilst completing their degrees. Dr. Burleigh completed his degree in Biology at USL in 1964. While he was a student at USL, he was an active student athlete who competed in weightlifting. He was inducted into the university's hall of fame in 1995. He continues to support his alma mater and we appreciatively recognize his continued support.

Van Hoy Family Endowed Professorship in Biological Sciences

Colonel Robert Van Hoy II and Dr. Tess Van Hoy both graduated from UL Lafayette, in 1990 and 1989 respectively. As a family they have established a professorship to help improve the overall quality of the faculty in the Department of Biology. Dr. Tess Van Hoy earned her BS in Biology and Chemistry, while Colonel Robert Van Hoy earned his bachelor's degree in General Studies.

Hub Enterprises Endowed Scholarship in Computing and Informatics

Chip Romero, CEO and Bobby Mouton, CFO of Hub Enterprises have generously supported the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in many ways over the years. As proud alumni of the institution they have chosen to create an endowed scholarship for students in the School of Computing and Informatics. This scholarship is designed to attract, recruit and retain the brightest students in the college.

Make a Gift

Donate to the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences to become a catalyst for exploration in the classroom, laboratory and field. Your support will make a difference to assure our students receive the best education in the region; truly an investment that pushes the boundaries of science, education and discovery.

Dean's Circle

The Dean's Circle is a community of donors who provide generous annual support of $1000 or more to the Geaux Fund of the College of Sciences. Such sustained gifts directly and immediately impact the College's ability to recruit exceptional students and faculty, and finally, to enhance technological resources, and enhance the ability of our students and faculty to disseminate their research findings at scientific conferences.

Benefits of membership to the Dean's Circle include:

  • Invitation to join faculty and local business leaders at an annual reception hosted by the Dean
  • Receive an annual electronic communication from the Dean highlighting the accomplishments of the College as well as the impacts of Dean's Circle support
  • Receive a limited-edition, custom College of Sciences collared shirt and bumper sticker to showcase your pride and partnership

Pre-Professional Alumni Giving Initiative

Fellow alumni from the College of Sciences are working on an exploratory committee to fundraise for an endowment to support our faculty and pre-professional student advising center. Many of the professionals in our medical community are indebted to UL Lafayette for the education foundation and our dedicated faculty, who have greatly impacted our students. The endowment will support the activities of our faculty and expand advising for students to assist in the application process to professional schools. For more information about this initiative please contact Pilar Eble at or contact Dr. Rod Clark at

Give Now or Contact Us

You may give online or mail a check payable to the UL Lafayette Foundation to:
UL Lafayette Foundation
PO Box 44290
Lafayette, LA 70504