Provost's Fund Symposium


Join us on January 31 for a special showcase of research funded through the Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research, the largest investment in seed funding for faculty research in university history.


Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research

In January 2022, Executive Vice President & Provost Roy Haggerty, in partnership with the Office of Research & Economic Development, established a $1.8 million dollar fund for faculty in support of interdisciplinary research in alignment with President Tate’s Scholarship First Agenda. The LSU Pentagon includes five priority areas: agriculture, biomedicine and biotechnology, coast and environment, defense and cybersecurity and energy—key economic drivers for Louisiana based on existential needs—across every discipline, department, college and program.

The Provost’s Fund for Innovation in Research (PFIR) supports single investigator projects as well as projects led by large, interdisciplinary research teams. The PFIR supports dissemination of research, through travel, talks and conferences and research infrastructure improvements, including equipment repair. While many of the projects fall within a priority area, several span multiple priority areas. The first round of funding from the PFIR was awarded to seed 33 different research projects with 77 faculty members spanning across LSU.

Another $1.8 million dollars was made available through the Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research in fall 2023. Applications are currently open through InfoReady (

About the Event

The Provost's Fund Symposium will showcase projects made possible through the Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research. Faculty will present their research via posters or presentations.

Date: January 31, 2024

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Barnes Ogden Art & Design Complex

Join us from 3-4pm in the gallery to view posters and other creative works while networking with colleagues, and then from 4-5 p.m. in room 1200 for lightning-round presentations led by the following faculty:

Chris Barrett, Associate Professor of English, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Fabio Capra-Ribeiro, Assistant Professor of Architecture, College of Art + Design
Noemi Elgrishi, Assistant Professor of Science, College of Science
Ipsita Gupta, Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering
Weishan Huang, Associate Professor of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine
Huanping Huang, Assistant Professor of Geography & Anthropology, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Maria Kosma, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, College of Human Sciences & Education
Jason Jamerson, Assistant Professor of Theatre, College of Music & Dramatic Arts
Soo Jeong Jo, Assistant Professor, College of Art + Design
Anastasios Vourekas, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, College of Science
Yimin Zhu, Professor of Construction Management, College of Engineering

Additionally, the project leads for the two $250,000 Big Idea Research Grant recipients, Suniti Karunatillake (Associate Professor of Geology & Geophysics) and Dimitris Nikitopoulos (Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering), will give 10-minute spotlight presentations.


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