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Honors Program Students Present Thesis

March 23, 2015

LSUS Honors Program seniors Tyra Brown and Sam Crooks presented their senior thesis research at the Friday Symposium on March 20 at 11:00 a.m. in Bronson Hall.  Brown is doing research into the cultural issues behind female genital mutilation (FGM) as she moves toward a medical career in obstetrics and gynecology.  Crooks focused on the roles of post-war technology and the perceived power of leadership in the eradication of polio as background to the current issues related to vaccination and epidemic. 

“It’s been interesting combining my pre-med studies with our Honors work in the humanities,” said Brown.  “The MCAT is now adding sections on psychology and sociology to make sure that candidates for medical school are well-rounded in their approach to treating people, not just patients.  Honors has been on that same track.”

Both students have completed a minor in interdisciplinary studies with the three year sequence of Honors Program courses.  Brown will graduate in May with a BS in biochemistry and Crooks will complete his studies in molecular and cellular biology in December.  Both intend to go on to medical school.

Now in its third year, the Honors Program provides exclusive colloquia to qualified students, a dedicated Center that includes private study carrels, a large computer center and lounge, and a fully outfitted lunchroom.  The LSUS Honors Program is supported in part by funding from the Noel Foundation and the LSUS Foundation.

For information, contact Dr. Linda Webster at 318-797-5376.  Information is also available at

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