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Dr. Murty, who is retiring from the Physics Department, has been awarded the title of "Professor Emeritus" by the University. Dr. Akundi has served Xavier University of Louisiana in many capacities over the past 32 years.  He started as a professor in 1980 and was elected Chair from 1990-1996 and again from 2006-2013.
While at Xavier, Dr. Akundi has been the recipient of the following awards:

  • Professor of the Year, for the years 1990, 1992, and 1994 by the Physics / Engineering Department
  • Teacher of the Year Award by χ Sigma chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, 1998
  • Teacher of the Year Award by Epsilon Tau chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 2000
  • Endowed Norwood Professor of Physics, 2001-2003
  • Recognized for 8 years of service mentoring research students in the Model Institutions for Excellence Program, 2004
  • Norman C. Francis Excellence award in Teaching, 2011
  • Featured in Who’s Who among college faculty and teachers, for multiple years


  • Ms. Krista Burton, graduating senior, has won the General Electrical Minorities (GEM) fellowship. As a MS Engineering Fellow, she will receive a $16,000 total stipend over the entire Master's program in addition to the full tuition and fees at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Warm congratulations to Krista!
  • Dr. Sunda-Meya was honored during commencement as a winner of the 2013 Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. Initiated in 2009, the Faculty Excellence Awards are designed to honor both "junior" faculty (those who have worked at XU for seven years or less) and "senior" faculty members (more than seven years of service). The winners are presented with monetary awards to be split with his/her academic area as well as a specially designed medallion minted to convey this distinctive honor. Congratulations to Dr. Sunda-Meya!


A special report by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine once again provides documentation of Xavier's success.

In its annual "Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers" issue (July 2012), the magazine shows XU Physical Sciences ranking first in the nation in the number of African American students earning baccalaureate degrees.

The Diverse Issues report is based on a review of the 2010-2011 preliminary data distributed by the U.S. Department of Education. The magazine has reported on degrees conferred since 1992, tracking trends in degree conferrals to African American and other minority students.

Rank Institution State 2010-2011
1 Xavier University of Louisiana LA 38
2 Morehouse College GA 21
3 Georgia State University GA 18
4 Spelman College GA 17
5 Jackson State University MS 17
6 Savannah State University GA 16
7 Hampton University VA 15
8 CUNY Hunter College NY 15
9 Alabama A & M University AL 14
9 Southern University and A & M College LA 14
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