Derrick Lathan, a Baton Rouge native and sophomore graphic design student at LSU, has been named a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, according to a LSU College of Art & Design news release.

Lathan will attend workshops this semester and conduct research with a faculty member on campus this summer. Workshops will include information on selecting the right graduate school, putting forth a strong application, understanding the proper methodology to conduct research, and successfully managing money as a graduate student, among other topics. At the end of the process, Lathan will present his research project either during a conference or to a panel.

“During my interview, I mentioned that I prefer works of art that shed light upon issues that are overlooked in society such as homelessness, single-parent households and the stress and peer pressure young people experience today,” Lathan said, adding that LSU McNair Program Director Joe Givens “brought up the term ‘visual cultural studies,’ and this is the strongest contender for the basis of my research.”