Undergraduate Education Program

Louisiana State University

Jeff Carney, Randy Duran, Clint Willson, Vince Wilson
Baton Rouge, LA
$250,000
June 2015

U.S. Census data reports approximately 39% of the U.S. population lives in shoreline counties.  The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration estimates 55% of all Americans live within 50 miles of a coast.  Students attending Louisiana State University study within the living laboratory of the Mississippi delta and Louisiana coast, one of the most distinctive, complex, and culturally rich environments in the nation.  As a result of land subsidence, sea level rise and Gulf storms, this delta is also one of the most vulnerable.  The LSU School of the Coast & Environment, College of Engineering, and College of Art & Design have combined strengths to create a new multidisciplinary undergraduate applied research program of study, the Delta Research Minor.  Built around a collaborative “design thinking” methodology, this program will focus on coastal issues and distinct but interrelated components: a series of multidisciplinary research courses; a business/industry internship; a faculty-mentored research project; and creation of the Delta Research Studio, an active learning environment shared by students and mentors.  Graduates of the Delta Research Minor will be uniquely prepared for the emergent challenges facing coastal Louisiana and similarly vulnerable coasts worldwide.

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