Ducks Unlimited (DU), the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (LSUAC), and the Labouisse family recently recognized Elizabeth “Lizzi” Bonczek, a Ph.D. candidate at Louisiana State University (LSU), for her research by awarding her the inaugural scholarship named in John Peter Labouisse’s honor.
Diane Sustendal Labouisse and her late husband J. Peter “Pete” Labouisse, III have been long-time volunteers and supporters of DU’s mission. “Pete was passionate about Ducks Unlimited,” said Diane Labouisse. “He served on numerous DU committees and wanted to have an impact on Louisiana coastal marshes where he spent time with family and friends in pursuit of migratory waterfowl. I am pleased to support future generations of waterfowl biologists as a way of honoring Pete through the John Peter Labouisse, III / Ducks Unlimited Scholarship at Louisiana State University.”
Established in January 2021, the LSUAC awards the annual scholarship to one of the school’s Renewable Natural Resources graduate students pursuing a course of study focused on waterfowl, wetland management or wetland ecology.
“Lizzi is in her final year as a Ph.D. student in my lab,” said LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Ringelman. “Over the years, her project has received consistent support and substantial media publicity from Ducks Unlimited. Taken in combination with her seniority, this relationship with Ducks Unlimited indicates to me that Lizzi is outstandingly well-qualified for the inaugural award of the John Peter Labouisse, III Scholarship.”
“It’s an honor to be selected as the first recipient for the John Peter Labouisse, III/Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Scholarship. It is a tremendous professional and personal achievement and a means to continue to work with passion and purpose in a field that I love,” said Bonczek, whose research examines the breeding ecology of mottled ducks in the coastal marsh of southwest Louisiana.
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