LSU Discover

LSU Discover | Responsive Responsible Design, Coastal Sustainability Practices, Creative Outreach and Visualization | Undergraduate ResearchAs part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation of accreditation process, LSU is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Program (QEP). The QEP describes a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue(s) related to enhancing student learning.

The primary goal of LSU’s QEP, LSU Discover, is to establish a basic, flexible, non-intrusive undergraduate research model that can be utilized across LSU’s many and varied curricula, from the arts and humanities to the social and natural sciences to professional programs. It will test the broader possibilities of such a model by involving interested faculty in the implementation of the model in self-selected academic degree programs.

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Arden McMillin, Art Class of 2019

Arden McMillin by equipment.

Arden McMillin, BFA 2019, received an LSU Discover undergraduate research grant for her photography project “Home and History: an investigation into the complexity of small southern towns that never left the Civil War.” Arden is from Natchez, Mississippi, a historic town known for the Spring Pilgrimage tableaux, and massive plantation homes. Her photography project explores her hometown’s complicated history. “As a visual artist and photographer, my research investigates the complexity of small southern towns that never left the Civil War,” she said. “I am exploring the idea that the antebellum townscape appears changeless—without history.”


Jessica Wasiloski, Architecture Class of 2013 

Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2013 from the College of Art & Design. Each semester, she was on the Dean’s List and Chancellor’s Honor Roll. While at LSU, she completed a multi-semester research project. Her research was centered on designing temporary housing facilities for port workers in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, which has lost 87% of its habitable land in the last decade. Jessica recognized the need to create a building that represents the ever-changing environment of the area, selecting materials and designing the facility “to move, grow, and reflect change” over time. During her research, Jessica worked extensively with the staff of the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio as well as with the director of Port Fourchon. Her Honors thesis title references this experience: “Temporal Hotel: Architectural Response to a Fluid Landscape.”