Students Receive COALS Senior Merit Awards

Nicholas Richter and Kylee Morrison, center, received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Senior Merit Award during the College’s Spring Convocation. Photo by Rebecca Hapes

Congratulations to seniors Kylee Morrison and Nicholas Richter as they received Senior Merit Awards during the College’s annual Spring Convocation at the Hildebrand Equine Complex on Saturday, April 11.

Morrison, a Forensic and Investigative Sciences major and Chemistry minor, is a member of the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences Organization, where she has been a member of the Banquet Planning Committee, a mentor to underclassmen forensics majors and volunteered at the Chemistry Open House.

She also has been involved in other organizations, such as the ARTISTS Organization, and Breakaway Ministry, and has served in The Big Event both as a volunteer and as a site leader.

During the summer of 2018, Morrison interned at the Crime Scene Unit of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, where she helped document and collect evidence, as well as lab work and photographing evidence. In 2017, Morrison also worked as an intern for the Garland Police Department’s Forensics unit where she maintained and organized case files and fingerprint cards.

“Receiving the Senior Merit Award at the convocation was truly an honor! Having my family and faculty mentor, Dr. Adrienne Brundage, as well as Dr. Craig Coates, there to support me made the day so memorable,” she said.  “This recognition allowed me to reflect on my past four years at A&M with great pride for what I’ve accomplished. I owe it all to the dedicated and encouraging faculty members in the Department of Entomology!”

Richter is a double major in Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Entomology. He is currently a member of Squadron 17 of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and a member of the Ross Volunteer Company. Richter was an administrative officer from 2018 to 2019 and a Drilling Member from 2017 to 2018. He has also served as Head of Unit Public Relations from 2016-2019, a platoon leader and seargant, and an assistant squad leader.

Richter also serves as the Reunion Class Liaison for the Aggie Muster Committee from 2018-2019 and has been a counselor for Fish Camp from 2016-2018. He served as the senior member of the Old Army Gentleman’s Society (Ol’ Ags) from 2018-2019, Campaign Events Coordinator for the Student Body President Campaign Team in 2018, and the Department of Entomology’s Scholars Society from 2017-2018.

In 2017, Richter volunteered as a mobile clinic volunteer in Lima, Peru for Medlife, which is an organization that partners with low-income communities in Latin America and Africa to improve their access to medicine, education and community development initiatives.

Richter received numerous awards, including the Corps 21 Scholarship, First Wing Most Outstanding Sophomore in 2017, First Wing and Squadron Outstanding Freshman in 2016, and the Corps of Cadets Distinguished Student Award in 2015.

“It was a huge honor to receive the Ag and Life Sciences Senior Merit Award. After all of my hard work at Texas A&M it was nice to be recognized for my pursuits in and out of the classroom,” Richter said.

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