Study Abroad Workshop Panel


Kay PorterKay Porter, Program Manager, Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Kay received her B.S. degree in Trade and Industrial Education (1988) and her M. S. degree in Occupational and Adult Education (1999) from Oklahoma State University. She became the Program Manager for the OK-LSAMP program in 2007 and Director for the Bridge to the Doctorate program in 2008. The OK-LSAMP program is a consortium of 11 colleges and universities in Oklahoma in which Kay oversees the day-to-day and long-term issues associated with a federal grant.



Dr Duran is a Professor of Chemistry, and supports international STEM literacy, and undergraduate research efforts campus-wide through Louisiana State University's Office of Research and Economic Development.  One of the international programs is the NSF US/France/Belgium iREU in Translational Chemistry, for which he is PI.




LeRoy JonesLeRoy Jones, II, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts & Sciences at Chicago State University

Dr. Jones is the Dean, Director for STEM Initiatives, and Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences at Chicago State University (CSU).  As the Director for STEM Initiatives, he directs the Center for STEM Education & Research that provide oversight and evaluation of the NSF-, DOE- and ED-supported science development programs at CSU. With a combined operating budget of $2.33 million annually, he plans, develops, undertakes and implements programs that enhance CSU's capacity to serve more students receiving baccalaureate and advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM) disciplines.


Student Panelists

Edgar Campbell,
 B.S., Biological Sciences, California State University Stanislaus; Graduate Student in Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University

With a B.S. degree from his local California State University, two summer internships at Washington University, and no knowledge of the French language, Edgar set off for France to study piRNAs at EMBL. After 19 months abroad, he published his first co-authored paper. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. at Stanford University.




Cossyleon PictureKaren Cossyleon, B.S., Chemistry, Chicago State University; Analytical Chemist at Veepak Inc.

While obtaining her degree she participated in on-campus research which led to a summer research experience at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN). Karen worked on particle detection studies for the ALICE experiment.




Nick MeansNicolas Means, B.S., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, College of Arts and Sciences,  Oklahoma State University

Nick is in the final semester of his Bachelor of Science degree program at Oklahoma State University. Nick has been an OK-LSAMP Scholar for two years.  As a Scholar, he has participated in on-campus research with a faculty mentor and in two Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) projects.  In 2014, Nick participated in a REU program at the University of Georgia and in February 2015, he left for a six month international REU experience at the Joseph Fournier University (UJF) in Grenoble, France.  The iREU program was a cooperative project between Oklahoma State University and UJF through the NSF US/France/Belgium iREU in Translational Chemistry, for which Dr. Randy Duran is PI.  While in France, Nick worked closely with his OSU mentor and his French mentor on the development of a bi-enzymatic biofuel cell.  Currently, Nick is in the final stages of publishing his second paper as a co-author.  Following graduation, Nick plans on pursuing a Ph.D.