Department Celebrates Undergraduates’ Achievements During Banquet

The 2018-2019 Entomology Scholars Society. From left to right are Cory McDougal, Fatimah Bouderdaben, Kejaun Tate, Franchesca Rodriguez, Isaac Esparza, and Tammy Star. Photo by Rob Williams

The 2018-2019 Entomology Scholars Society. From left to right are Cory McDougal, Fatimah Bouderdaben, Kejaun Tate, Franchesca Rodriguez, Isaac Esparza, and Tammy Starr. Photo by Rob Williams

The Department of Entomology celebrated the achievements of its undergraduate students during the annual Undergraduate Recognition Banquet on Thursday, April 12 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex.

Tammy Starr and Isaac Luna began the banquet by welcoming guests while former students Dikla Medina and Elaine Chu shared their experiences when they were students in the Department and also gave graduating seniors advice after they graduate.

Members of the Undergraduate Entomology Student Organization and the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences Organization then presented the group with a record of their activities that each organization has done throughout the academic year.

The 2018-2019 Department of Entomology’s Entomology Scholars Society were then announced These students will serve as liaisons between faculty, staff and prospective students. Throughout the year, scholars represent the Department and its program by serving as hosts to prospective students, parents and other campus visitors.

Dr. Adrienne Brundage, right, with Isaac Luna.

Dr. Adrienne Brundage, right, with Isaac Luna.

The cohorts for 2018-2019 are:

  • Cori McDougal
  • Fatimah Bouderdaben
  • Kejaun Tate
  • Franchesca Rodriguez
  • Isaac Esparza
  • Tammy Starr

Drs. Adrienne Brundage and Pete Teel also recognized the newest cohorts of students that will be studying abroad in both the Trinidad and Costa Rica study abroad programs this year, and recognized Forensics major Michelle Jonika for receiving the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Senior Merit Award.

Scott Kovar, right, with Tammy Starr.

Scott Kovar, right, with Tammy Starr.

Brundage also was honored with the Department of Entomology’s Outstanding Professor of the Year Award while Scott Kovar won the Outstanding Professor of the Year for the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program.

Grad student Ryan Selking received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant from the UESO while Zanthé Kotzé received the award from members of AFIS. The officers for the 2018-2019 were also announced after the graduating seniors were recognized at the end.

The 2018-2019 officers for the Undergraduate Entomology Student Organization are:

Ryan Selking, right, with Isaac Luna.

Ryan Selking, right, with Isaac Luna.

  • Isaac Luna – President
  • Katie Rowe – Vice President
  • Myrah Rogers – Treasurer

The 2018-2019 officers for AFIS are:

  • Fatimah Bouderdaben – President
  • Melissa Paul – Vice President
  • Kaleigh Aaron – Treasurer
  • Brittany Gerich – Secretary
  • Andrew Chapman – Historian
  • Rachel McNeal – Activities Coordinator
  • Claire Risher – Sophomore Class Representative

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