Port Allen High School alumna Margarite LaBorde, who graduated as valedictorian in 2014, was named top of her class again. LaBorde graduated Magna Cum Laude from LSU, earning a B.S in physics and a B.S. in mathematics.
LaBorde graduated with an upper division honors distinction and defended thesis titled “Single and Multiparameter Estimation Using Multimode Interferometry and Single Photons.” While attending LSU, LaBorde worked with Dr. Jonathan Dowling in Quantum Science and Technologies Group.
She participated in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, and recently presented some of her research “Multiparameter Estimation with Single Photons” at the Japan Society of Applied Physics-Optical Society of America joint symposia in Fukuoka, Japan, supported in part by the LSU Discover Travel stipend.
In addition, LaBorde participated in the Math Consultation Clinic in the Department of Mathematics under Dr. Peter Wolenski.
LaBorde, an LSU McNair Scholar, assisted in research and writing a review; “Linear optical quantum metrology with single photons: experimental errors, resource counting, and quantum Cramér-Rao bounds.” She was awarded the College of Science Dean’s Award and was the recipient of the Willie Belle Shockley Scholarship in 2016 and 2017. As well as her research and achievements, LaBorde was involved in Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics, served as The Society of Physics Students President representing the LSU chapter and is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma and the OSA Student Chapter.
LaBorde will be attending the University of Arizona for Graduate School studying Optical Physics.