LSU Ogden Honors, Chemistry Junior Cale Locicero Named 2022 Goldwater Fellow

LSU junior Cale Locicero was named the 2022 Goldwater Scholar, making him the 39th in LSU history. The Sen. Barry Goldwater Honoring Fellowship Program was designed to encourage and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The native of Metairie was selected from a group of 1,242 students nominated by 433 establishments.

Locicero is an Ogden Honors College student studying chemistry at LSU’s College of Science with the goal of pursuing a doctorate. in organic chemistry and conducting research on the development of new organic reactions for applications in biomedical sciences and drug discovery.

“Students like Cale show us that when you take control of your education and pursue your passions, you can do meaningful and important work as an undergraduate,” said Jonathan Earle, Dean of Ogden Honors. Middle School. “I am pleased that the Goldwater Foundation has recognized Cale’s contributions and potential in his field. I am certain that he will make revolutionary advances in biomedical science.

Currently, Locicero is conducting research in synthetic organic chemistry with Rendy Kartika that focuses on the development of a refined stereoselective method for creating α’-hydroxyketone α-quaternaries.

“Cale is an outstanding chemistry major that I had the privilege of teaching and mentoring at LSU. He excels in class and is very passionate about organic chemistry research. In my laboratory, he develops new organic reactions to build cyclic ketones containing allenes with complex stereochemistry. This class of molecules serve as value-added synthetic building blocks that can then be assembled into complex organic molecules of biological and pharmaceutical significance,” said Rendy Kartika, director of undergraduate studies in chemistry at LSU.

Locicero is also a Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation, or LS-LAMP, Scholar. The program aims to dramatically increase the number and quality of minority students who enroll and earn a bachelor’s degree in STEM.

“I am incredibly proud of Cale and delighted that he has been chosen for this prestigious honor. He is an exemplary LS-LAMP scholar who, like many students, has had to adjust to life since the pandemic,” said said Tyrslai Williams-Carter, Assistant Dean of Mentoring, Education and Research for the Graduate School’s Strategic Initiatives. “Undaunted, Cale rose to the challenge of preparing for undergraduate research through independent learning. , when practical experiments were not feasible. He also enrolled in higher level courses to further his knowledge of chemistry. It is therefore not surprising that he quickly excelled as a researcher in the group Kartika’s lab is proof that passion, diligence and preparation, coupled with opportunity, really pay off.

“I am grateful to the Goldwater Foundation for this award and how I can use it to achieve my career goals,” Locicero said.

LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College

The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse, and prestigious community located in the heart of LSU. Ogden Honors College offers students a rigorous coursework program of seminars, as well as undergraduate research opportunities, culminating in the honors thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships, and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.

Louis Stokes Alliance of Louisiana for Minority Participation

Louis Stokes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Pathways and Research Alliances: Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation is a comprehensive, statewide coordinated program aimed at dramatically increasing the number and quality of students from minorities who enroll and obtain a bachelor’s degree in STEM. and subsequently pursue graduate studies in STEM disciplines. LS-LAMP is one of many National Science Foundation alliance programs nationwide. Led by Southern University and A&M College of Baton Rouge, LS-LAMP comprises fourteen institutions and a research center.

The LSU LAMP program recruits and financially supports academically talented minority students pursuing degrees in STEM disciplines who are striving to earn a STEM doctorate. The goal of the program is to support students holistically by providing academic enrichment and professional and personal development that cultivates well-rounded students who can make a significant impact on the scientific community. LS-LAMP scholars attend monthly seminars and one-on-one mentorship sessions, excel academically, conduct undergraduate research, and engage in community service. Learn more at lsu.edu/lamp.

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