Student Enrichment


Pennington Biomedical is a non-degree granting institution of the Louisiana State University (LSU) system. Our center is located approximately 4 miles from the main LSU A&M campus and approximately 60 miles from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. However, we are fully committed to training students in obesity and nutrition research endeavors.

In 2012 we launched a Non-Employee Training Program to allow undergraduate and graduate students seeking hands-on experience, to be exposed to the research at Pennington Biomedical. Trainees are given the opportunity to shadow faculty and postdoc mentors and to learn about all areas of biomedical science and to interact with cores and services offered through the NORC. Every NORC regular member at Pennington Biomedical and every core of the NORC has trained students in this program. Our Non-Employee Training Program also offers an avenue for undergraduate students who are conducting Honors Thesis at LSU to partner with NORC labs and mentors.

Trainee and Internship Opportunities: Students can participate in various research training opportunities. Please visit the Pennington Biomedical site for more information. This year, 2 of these students received awards at the 2020 LSU Discover Day, an undergraduate research symposium. Sai Pochana received 2nd place recognition in the overall slide show presentation category and Gracie Williams received 1st place recognition in the Humanities & Social Sciences category. Both students are working with Drs. Amanda Staiano and Chelsea Kracht in the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory. Dr. Staiano is a NORC faculty member and an alumni of the T32 “Training in Obesity Research” program. Dr. Kracht is a current trainee in the T32 “Training in Obesity Research” program under the mentorship of Drs. Amanda Staiano and Peter Katzmarzyk.  

DISCOVER DAY 2020 AWARDEES

Undergraduate Thesis Opportunities: The following students have worked with Mentors at Pennington Biomedical on their undergraduate or graduate thesis research.

Mentor

Year

Student Name

University and Department

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2019

Lanell Craig, PhD candidate

Southern University, Nursing

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2018

Erica Joseph, PhD candidate

Southern University, Nursing

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2018

Nicole Dominique, MD/MPH Candidate

LSU Health Sciences Center

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2017

Caroline Barbaree, MBA Candidate

LSU

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2016

Amanda Weathers-Meyer, PhD Candidate

LSU, Kinesiology

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2017

Amber Jarell, MD Candidate

LSU Health Sciences Center

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2015

Michelle Liu, MD Candidate

LSU Health Sciences Center

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2014

Madeline Morrell, MPH Candidate

Tulane University, Epidemiology

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2015

Noelle Hadley, MPH Candidate

Tulane University, Biostatistics

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2018-2020

Sai Pochana

LSU Honors College, Psychology

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2017-2019

Elizabeth Joseph

LSU Honors College, Psychology

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2016-2017

Hannah Haddad

LSU Honors College, Psychology

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2016

Ansleigh Thibodeaux

LSU Honors College, Kinesiology

Heike Gruening, PhD

2019-2020

Sanjeev Gummadi

LSU, Biological Sciences

Robert Noland, PhD

2018-2019

Nabil Essajee

LSU, Biological Sciences

Stephen Heymsfield, MD

2019

Savanah Birch

LSU, Math

Leanne Redman, PhD

2020

Morgan Alston

LSU Honors College

Leanne Redman, PhD

2015-2016

Alexis O’Connor

LSU Honors College

Leanne Redman, PhD

2016-2019

Kelsey Olson

LSU Honors College

Leanne Redman, PhD

2014

Bo Zhang

T35 Medical Student

Leanne Redman, PhD

2012

Mary Silverberg

T35 Medical Student

Leanne Redman, PHD

2012

Alden Littlewood

T35 Medical Student

Jacqueline Stephens, PhD

2017

Taylor Millar

LSU Honors College

Jacqueline Stephens, PhD

2019-2020

Alycia Boucher

LSU Honors College

Jacqueline Stephens, PhD

2019-2020

Ngung Ngo

LSU Honors College