Student research, performances, service highlighted as NSU hosts UL System Academic Summit

Northwestern State University hosted the University of Louisiana System Academic Summit April 20-21, an event to showcase research presentations, artistic performances and service-learning projects covering a range of academic disciplines by students in the nine-university system.  The summit provides a forum for discussions, networking and interdisciplinary studies as scholars from each institution share their knowledge, research and ideas through oral and poster sessions, visual art and performances.

ULS Academic Summit Coordinator Dr. Betsey Cochran, a professor in the Louisiana Scholars’ College at NSU, said 230 students and their faculty mentors participated in the 12th annual summit, the first face-to-to face event since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keynote speakers Brett Brunson, district public defender, and Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson, NSU’s director of graduate programs in early childhood education, closed the summit with a discussion about the Cradle to College initiative, an early childhood literacy project that seeks to redirect Louisiana’s cradle to prison pipeline by providing literacy bags and support to young children and their families.  The discussion invited scholars to look for opportunities and partnerships in their own communities that could address Louisiana’s cradle to prison pipeline.  

 The University of Louisiana System includes Grambling, Louisiana Tech, McNeese, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Southeastern, University of New Orleans, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Next year’s summit will be hosted at Louisiana Tech University.