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LAMP - Graduate School

Contract Univeristies with LAMP



1. Dillard University

2. Grambling State University

3. Louisiana State University

4. Louisiana Universities and Marine Consortium

5. McNeese State University

6. Nunez Community College

7. Southern University and A&M College

8. Southern University at New Orleans

9. Southern University at Shreveport

10. Tulane University

11. University of Louisiana at Lafayette

12. University of New Orleans

13. Xaiver University of Louisiana



Graduate Students from LAMP


Doctoral Degree


Rose-Ann M. Blenman-Abange, Ph.D., Bio-Medical Engineering


Dr. Rose-Ann Blenman-Abange, the 2000 millennium valedictorian of Dillard University, blossomed in the sciences through the mentorship of Dr. Sylvanus Nwosu, Associate Professor of Physics.  This certified Six Sigma Green belt received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, graduating summa cum laude in 2006 from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN.

Dr. Blenman-Abange is “a biomedical scientist with team leadership experience in the pharmaceutical imaging and biomarker development sector.”  She has presented numerous abstracts at scientific meetings dating back to 1997 with Dr. Nwosu to her most current presentation at the MRL Symposium in Whippany, NJ with other colleagues through her cancer research. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

Dr. Blenman-Abange is the Project Manager, Oncology Biomarker and IVD Portfolio, PPM for MERCK & Co. in West Point, PA.



Karen Jack, Ph.D., Chemistry


Dr. Karen Jack, a 2001 graduate of Dillard University in Chemistry, received her Ph.D. in Chemistry, with a concentration in Biochemistry, from Ohio University in Athens, OH in 2007. Her path continued as Dr. Jack became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Maryland in College Park. “I realized that STEM was for me at a summer program within the Timbuktu Academy at Southern University in Baton Rouge going to my senior year of high school.” Dr. Jack has co-published several publications from 2005 to the present. She is currently employed by the University of Maryland in College Park as a Research Associate. Dr. Jack stated: “Drs. Bobby Burkes and Reginald Stanton were the most influential in nurturing my science career at DU. Both gave me the confidence to continue in a field where I would always be a major minority.”


Kim Lewis, Ph.D., Applied Physics


Kim Lewis graduated Dillard University in 1998 with a degree in physics. Kim participated in the LS-LAMP program under the mentorship of Dr. Sylvanus Nwosu, Associate Professor of Physics. She describes her undergraduate research experience as a tremendous help toward a deeper understanding of her course work in physics, and a greater focus on her research goals as a graduate student. Dr. Lewis is credited with a patent, Charge Transformer and Method of Implementation,” U.S. Patent No 6,777,911 (August 17, 2004). Kim received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and the Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 2004 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.



Hassan Moore, Ph.D., Applied Physics


Dr. Hassan Moore is a 1993 Physics graduate of Dillard University, receiving his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from Howard University in 2006. An Assistant Professor and Director of Outreach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Moore has recently engaged high school students in robot designing through the upcoming Blazer BEST Robotics competitions in Birmingham, a hub for the national BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) Robotics program. Dr. Moore states: “Their goal is to build a robot that can pick up three kinds of fake ‘bugs’, cross bumpy surfaces and corral them in just a few minutes. But the long-term goal of the program is to get them excited about engineering even as they learn the principals behind it.” The high scholars designed robots that are built from plywood and sheet metal.


Kelly L .Nash, Ph.D., Physics


A native of New Orleans, Dr. Kelly Nash was a LS-LAMP participant who went on to get her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009. Kelly graduated Dillard in 2000 with a dual degree in physics and mathematics and received the M.S. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan in 2003. Kelly’s research focus is the facile synthesis of inorganic/organic nanocomposites, including loading of nanoparticles in polymeric films and core shell particles of various geometries. She has published numerous refereed articles. Dr. Nash credits her undergraduate research experiences for a competitive edge in her applications and acceptances to graduate school. She mentored by Dr. A. Darwish who introduced her to lasers and optics. Kelly stated that her “background showed a wide variety of research experiences, ranging from simulations to experimentation.” Dr. Nash says, “Through the years, I often find myself contacting my LS-LAMP mentors for advice and still can count on the same level of enthusiasm and encouragement that I received from them as a student.”


Sandra L. Richardson, Ph.D., Philosophy/Mathematics Education


Dr. Sandra Richardson graduated from Dillard University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2000. She went on to earn the M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Purdue University. Sandra currently serves as Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, where she has developed original courses designed for elementary and secondary school teachers in mathematics. Dr. Richardson has continued to engage in research and scholarly activities, with a particular interest in preparing 8th and 9th grade mathematics teachers to use technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge in the teaching and learning of algebra. She has received funding for ongoing research initiatives, which date back to her Dillard years, under the mentorship of Dr. Jaime Hernandez and Mr. James Beard. Sandra is positioned to become a master educator in the field of mathematics.


Tamara Singleton-Goyea, Ph.D., Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing


Tamara, a 2002 cum laude graduate in mathematics, credits her undergraduate research experience as a LS-LAMP participant in her pursuit of graduate study and continued research. While at Dillard, Tamara took advantage of summer research opportunities at Tulane University, where she designed computer programs in Mathematicá for visualizing plane curves in parametric and polar form, for computing and visualizing the curvature of plane curves given in parametric and polar form, and for the involute and evolute of plane curves given in parametric and polar form. Tamara received the M.S. degree in mathematics from Tulane University, and earned the Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2011. Her research interests include data assimilation, ensemble Kalman filtering, scientific computing, numerical and mathematical modeling, atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Dr. Singleton-Goyea currently serves as Assistant Director for Recruitment and Co-Curricular Programs at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also Program Coordinator for the Math Summer Program in Research and Learning (SPIRAL) at that university.


Dr. Julia Bryant-Brown, PhD., In Environmental Science, Georgia Tech


She graduated from Dillard University in 2005, where she joined Georgia Tech for Master in Chemistry, and then PhD in Environmental science. “I joined LS-LAMP where I was mentored by Dr. Stanton who lead me in research projects and this made the difference in my life to study environmental science .





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