LSUS Graduate Studies

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With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Digital Media in hand, LSUS graduate Natalie Bianco entered into one of the most unforgiving job markets in U.S. history in May of 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic was raging around the world, and non-essential workplaces were either functioning remotely or were still shut down.

The native of Guernsey, an island off the coast of northern France that’s part of the United Kingdom, had just one year left on her Optional Practical Training visa, which made her job search even more difficult.

But then she saw it – a graphic design position with local law firm Morris and Dewett, which handles personal injury cases.

What started as a position managing the firm’s social media while designing graphics and flyers has morphed into creating visuals for use at trial.

Her job is to visually animate her attorney’s argument, cutting through legal jargon with easy-to-understand graphics that connect with the jury.

“Images are worth a thousand words,” Bianco said. “The visuals help jurors navigate through the trial, to understand the concepts that the attorneys are talking about.

“Jurors may have a lot of education or very little, so you want graphics that everybody understands and that help jurors retain and comprehend the main points. People are a lot more receptive to images, but you’ve also got to capture their attention within the first five seconds of seeing that image.”

Bianco developed a reputation as one of the best in the state in her field – in fact, she’s met only one person in her field, and they are based out of South Louisiana.

In an effort to improve as a visual storyteller, Bianco researched the field as part of her master’s degree of liberal arts, which she completed from LSUS this December.

Her thesis “Visual Rhetoric in the Courtroom” allowed her to formally study how visual presentations are used by lawyers from across the region.



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🎄 Holiday Closure Notice 🎄

As we usher in the festive season, we want to inform you that LSUS will be closed from December 22, 2023 to January 1, 2024.

Enjoy your well-deserved break, recharge and create beautiful memories. 🎄

Wishing you a joyful holiday season! See you in the new year! 🌟 🎊


Congratulations to all our graduating students 👨‍🎓 👩‍🎓 🥳

We wish you well!

Photos from LSUS Graduate Studies's post 12/12/2023

EXCITING SUCCESS STORY! LSUS computer science graduate lands impressive position with University of Michigan Medicine 👏 👏 👏

Rohan Maharjan didn’t intend on pursuing a computer science job in the medical field.

When he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from ULM in the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was raging and jobs in the “computer science market were dry.”

But Maharjan did land a job at LSU Health, which he parlayed into a masters in computer science technology degree from LSUS this past spring.

Using knowledge gained in the classroom and as an app developer at LSU Health, Maharjan landed a position as an app developer at the prestigious Office of Clinical Informatics at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“I create apps to help medical researchers,” said Maharjan, who is affiliated with one of the top medical research centers in the country. “My love of computers started me down this road, but I figured out later that creating this software can improve people’s lives and society overall.

He sought to move to the U.S. because of the quality of education and for adventure.

“I qualified for an international scholarship, and that helped a lot because education in the U.S. is expensive,” Maharjan said. “ULM, and then later LSUS, were affordable.

Growth certainly occurred at LSUS, and Maharjan credits the rigorous course work and helpful professors.

“LSUS played a huge role,” said Maharjan, who has worked in Michigan for about a month. “I finished my masters in a year, and there was a lot of pressure, but it was good pressure.

“I was part of a team that created an e-commerce app (Pilot Hub) and full-fledged website in (faculty member Keyvan Shahrdar’s class). It took a huge amount of knowledge, and we had to execute it in a short amount of time. We were offered tips and resources from professors, and this helped me develop skills that made me a good (job) candidate.”

Shahrdar, who teaches a software engineering project class, said experiential learning is critical in computer science.

PHOTO CREDIT: Submitted photo

Congratulations Rohan! 👏 🚀


For all international students who will be traveling during the holiday, please stop-by the International Students Office (Room 260, Administrative Building) for your travel signatures.

As a token of appreciation for your support and to spread some holiday cheer, there’ll be Christmas cookies and hot chocolate as well. 🍪 ☕️

Thank you 😊

Photos from LSUS Graduate Studies's post 11/29/2023

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Holiday Tree Lighting Today 🎄 💡 🎅

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International Education Week 2023 at LSUS

>> 13 - 17 November

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Noel Memorial Library: Conference for Young Adult Literature - Louisiana (CYALL): Home 11/07/2023


Date: Friday, November 10, 2023
Time: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Location: Noel Memorial Library—3rd Floor
The Noel Memorial Library is hosting the 2023 Conference for Young Adult Literature Louisiana on November 10th. Sponsored this year by the Noel Foundation, the conference is aimed at interested scholars, current and future educators, and librarians. CYALL is a forum to discuss, demonstrate, and champion learning strategies for teaching young adult literature. The conference also offers breakout sessions on discussing how advocates can best serve teens by helping them overcome adversity in their lives and creating programming and spaces that allow young adults to learn and grow.
This year, the keynote speaker is YA author Randy Ribay. His most recent novel, Patron Saints of Nothing, earned five starred reviews, was selected as a Freeman Book Award winner and was a finalist for the National Book Award, LA Times Book Prize, Walden Book Award, Edgar Award, International Thriller Writers Award, and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. His other works include Project Kawayan, After the Shot Drops, and An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes. Born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest, Randy earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Interested in attending? Registration information is available from the conference website:

Noel Memorial Library: Conference for Young Adult Literature - Louisiana (CYALL): Home Noel Memorial Library: Conference for Young Adult Literature - Louisiana (CYALL): Home


As grades are posted, an academic status change may occur. Please review the academic status categories. If you have any questions about your academic status or probation status, please contact Graduate Studies at 318-797-5243 or [email protected]. Please be patient as we are experiencing increased phone calls and e-mails from students.


Grades for Fall AP1 are posted! If your academic status changes, you will be receiving an email from Graduate Studies soon. An official letter will be sent out within 2 weeks.
Please be patient if you e-mail or call our office as we are currently working with many students.


Meet Raavin Evans, a recent graduate who achieved a significant milestone by earning her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Her journey serves as both a testament to unwavering dedication & a beacon of hope for the future of education.

Raavin has held a lifelong passion for learning and teaching, driven by a desire to make a meaningful difference in the world. This determination led her to pursue a bachelor's degree in political science at Spelman College, where she not only honed her leadership skills but also deepened her understanding of advocacy work.
Following her graduation, Raavin embarked on a remarkable journey with Teach for America, an educational nonprofit that provides teachers to underserved communities across the United States. Over 7.5 years, she dedicated herself to educating and empowering students in public and charter schools. Raavin's experience in education went beyond the classroom, as she later transitioned into an administrative role at a local charter school in Atlanta, further solidifying her devotion to the community through her work with students and families.

In 2019, Raavin faced a profound and transformative moment that reshaped the course of her life. Confronting homelessness, custody battles for her eldest child, and the challenges of caring for a newborn with a rare heart defect, she found herself at a crossroads. Determined to pick up the pieces and continue pursuing her dreams while caring for her family, Raavin made the courageous decision to relocate to Shreveport, Louisiana, seeking solace and support from her family. During this transitional phase in her life, pursing a master’s degree at LSUS helped Raavin to find purpose through her pain.
Needing to provide intensive care for her youngest child, Raavin redirected her career path and joined United Way of NWLA as a Donor Relations Coordinator. This experience granted her a profound appreciation for the ways in which nonprofits strive to enhance the quality of life for communities, one program and one household at a time. Currently, Raavin holds the esteemed position of Director of Community Impact at United Way of Northwest Louisiana, where she plays a pivotal role in developing and executing a collective community impact agenda to enhance lives within the organization's ten-parish footprint. She works closely with nonprofit organizations, ensuring that their programs and investment strategies yield tangible, measurable results. Additionally, Raavin oversees and implements internal programs and strategic volunteer engagement initiatives.

Looking ahead, Raavin has ambitious plans for the future. Within the next year, she intends to pursue a Doctorate in Leadership Studies, further deepening her knowledge and expertise. After completing her tenure at United Way, Raavin aspires to explore opportunities in higher education as a college professor.
Her guiding mantra, "You give until it hurts, then you give some more," underscores Raavin's deep commitment to her community and those she serves. As a devoted mother of two inspiring children, Raavin remains passionate about providing everyone with the choices and resources needed to achieve their life goals. Her journey exemplifies resilience, determination, and an unyielding dedication to creating a brighter and more inclusive future for all.


Welcome to our new Assistant Dean for International Students: Anne-Marie Bruner-Tracey!

Originally hailing from a farm in northwest Louisiana, Anne-Marie studied, lived, and worked in the UK for nearly 15 years before returning to Shreveport in 2018. She has worked in admissions, international programs, and immigration for 25 years and truly enjoys helping students find their place in our big world and further develop their intercultural competencies. The newly-created International Student Office at LSUS provides services and guidance to international students from their first enquiry to directing alumni on staying connected with the University. Anne-Marie is actively involved in professional networks in international education and currently serves as Vice President of Study Louisiana, a collaborative study-state consortium established in conjunction with the US Department of Commerce.

In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys reading, knitting, cooking, gardening, and traveling. Additionally, she is a skilled animal whisperer who inadvertently rescues feral and abandoned strays and helps them find furever homes. Anne-Marie is a USA Swimming official and she and her husband Eamonn, and son Iorwerth, are involved with local theatre.

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Breaking News! LSUS reclaimed its spot as the graduate education leader in Louisiana, enrolling a state-best 6,832 graduate students.
The three most popular LSUS graduate programs are the Master’s in Business Administration, the Master’s in Health Administration, and the two Master’s in Education.

Tuition is a university’s top source of revenue, and growing enrollment is especially critical when state funding continues to decrease. Chancellor Smith said LSUS could see its funding from the state drop by as much as nine percent (more than $1 million) in the coming year.

“It’s a challenge, but we are prepared for that because we’re taking actions to grow enrollment,” Smith said.


September Program Director Spotlight: Dr. Evan Reibsome, MLA Program

What is my favorite part about working at LSUS?
My favorite part of LSUS is working with graduate students. I love teaching, but I miss being a student. Graduate students allow me to become a student occasionally, for they teach me about topics I might never pursue on my own. Learning from our students is a real privilege.

What Drew Me to LSUS?
As a student, I attended numerous small state institutions, where I was able to form meaningful relationships with my peers and professors, many of whom continue to mentor me. I wanted to work at a similar sort of institution. LSUS was the perfect fit, for the small class sizes allow me to mentor students and support their academic journeys.

What is My Favorite Class to Teach?
My favorite course is Spectacles of War, which places celebratory narratives of war in dialogue with antiwar literature. In the first half of the course, students play board games like Risk and video games like Call of Duty. They watch war movies like Lone Survivor and war television shows like Generation Kill. They study YouTube helmet cam videos, military recruitment commercials, and military tribute videos at NFL halftime shows. Then, in the second half of the course, students study novels like Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Roy Scranton’s War P**n, which criticize many of the narratives from the first half of the course as grotesque fetishizations of martial violence. The juxtaposition allows students to experience firsthand the tension between war overseas and war on the home front.

What Do You Enjoy Doing Outside of Work?
My wife and I like to be outdoors. So when we are not teaching, we take our son to the R.W. Norton Botanical Gardens or to the mountains in Arkansas.

Advice for future MLA Students?
Meet with your professors early in your first semester to determine your priorities. What do you want to get out of the program? Graduate Assistantships? Experience presenting at conferences? Letters of Recommendation? Two years goes fast, and the program will end before you know it. If you do not have a plan, you will likely be left scrambling to accomplish everything at the last minute, which will significantly diminish the experience. Be proactive.

Photos from LSUS Graduate Studies's post 09/11/2023
World's largest gecko renamed with the help LSU Shreveport professor 08/31/2023

A Louisiana State University of Shreveport faculty member helped name the world's largest-known gecko following research.

Dr. Stuart Nielsen co-authored a study in which DNA was extracted from a 200-year-old museum specimen of the Hoplodactylus delcourti, which is 50 percent longer than the second largest known gecko species the Rhacodactylus leachianius.

This research has been published in the Journal of Scientific Reports.

World's largest gecko renamed with the help LSU Shreveport professor 'The result has completely rewritten the history of the island rule with respect to gigantism within this lizard family.'


If you are an incoming Graduate Student, be sure to register for the orientation! Students in on-campus programs must attend in person. Students in online only programs can attend virtually. We look forward to seeing you next week!


Based on grades processed at the end of Summer AP1, your academic status may have changed. The Office of Graduate Studies is busy working with students and there may be a delay in response time to e-mails and phone calls.


As final grades will be posted soon, please review the academic probation and ineligibility policies on pages 187-188 of the LSUS Academic Catalog at

Once grades are posted, it usually takes a few days for any academic status changes to appear on MyLSUS.


Dr. Heather Carpenter will be interviewed live on KSLA (Channel 12 in Shreveport) between 4:10 pm and 4:30 pm today to discuss current volunteer requests that the INAR has received in the last 24 hours from nonprofits who are providing disaster response in the aftermath of the recent storms and loss of power.

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