Congratulations Graduates! Seven Students Celebrated Summer Graduation

Undergrads Alejandro Martinez and Kristin Rainosek. Photo by Rebecca Hapes

Undergrads Alejandro Martinez and Kristin Rainosek. Photo by Rebecca Hapes

It was a great summer for the seven students in the Department of Entomology that were expected to walk the stage for summer graduation this August.

The students joined other students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as five other colleges, that were expected to walk the stage at Reed Arena early Friday morning during summer commencement ceremonies.

The students consisted of three undergraduate entomology majors, one biomedical science and entomology double major, and three Ph.D. candidates. Biomedical Sciences and Entomology double major Meng Wu also received her Public Health Entomology certification.

Before commencement, students and their friends and families had a chance to listen to Temple Grandin at Rudder Theatre during the commencement convocation Thursday evening and celebrated with faculty and staff with a breakfast in the fourth floor atrium of the Heep Center Friday morning.

Ph.D. candidates Wenqi Liu (left), Warren Sconiers (center), and Suhas Vyavhare (right) line up before commencement. Photo by Rebecca Hapes

Ph.D. candidates Wenqi Liu (left), Warren Sconiers (center), and Suhas Vyavhare (right) line up before commencement. Photo by Rebecca Hapes

Ph.D. student Wenqi Liu was very happy not only for graduation, but also because she is also getting her Aggie ring the same time. She plans on working in a research related job in China after she graduates.

“I am so excited about getting my ring,” Liu said.

“Wenqi has been a pleasure to have in the lab,” Dr. Jeff Tomberlin said. “She has done a great job as a PhD student, and I am sure she will find success with her new career with Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in China.”

Wenqi Liu (center) with Dr. Aaron Tarone (left) and Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin (right). Photo by Rob Williams

Wenqi Liu (center) with Dr. Aaron Tarone (left) and Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin (right). Photo by Rob Williams

Undergraduate Entomology major Alejandro Martinez’s parents were proud and excited that he is graduating. “We are very proud of our son and glad he has come here,” said Martinez’s dad, Alejandro Martinez. “We are hoping that the skills he has learned will help him with life in general.”

Martinez plans to attend grad school in the future.

“We have some incredible and talented students going out in the world,” Entomology Department Head Dr. David Ragsdale said. “We are so proud of everyone and their accomplishments.”

Students expected to graduate this August include:

Undergraduates
Alejandro Martinez Entomology
Kristin Jenee Rainosek Entomology
Meng Wu Biomedical Sciences and Entomology
Bryant McDowell Entomology

 

Graduate Students – Ph.D.
Wenqi Liu Entomology
Warren Sconiers Entomology
Suhas Vyavhare Entomology

 

Public Health Entomology Certification
Meng Wu Biomedical Sciences and Entomology

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