Category Archives: Awards

Ibanez Recognized with 2018 Comstock Award

Former Ph.D. student Freddy Ibanez’s research and hard work were recently recognized as he received the Entomological Society’s John Henry Comstock Award for his research conducted in Texas A&M University under the supervision of Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy. Ibanez received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Santiago of Chile in 2006 and began his career studying molecular biology, focusing on developmental genes associated with gastrulation in Drosophila melanogaster, and epigenetic mechanisms. In 2013, Ibanez started his Ph.D. in entomology at Texas A&M University under the direction… Read More →

Students Receive Top Awards at ESA Annual Meeting

The Department of Entomology had a winning year as several students received awards and were recognized at this year’s Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C Canada. The first of the students was Ph.D. student Alex Payne who won  first place in the Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology Section with her talk titled “Spillover in eusocial insects: Detection of honey bee (Apis Mellifera) associated viruses in ants” “I am very proud of Alex. She’s a great presenter and it doesn’t matter what project it is, she does… Read More →

Professor Named 2018 TAMU Presidential Impact Fellow

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate Dr. Zach Adelman for being named a Texas A&M University Presidential Impact Fellow. Adelman was among a total of 21 faculty members from the University’s 16 colleges, two branch campuses, and its libraries, who were honored during a special ceremony in the Bethancourt Ballroom at the Memorial Student Center on October 25. Following earlier work on the generation of mosquitoes resistant to viral pathogens, Adelman’s research has more recently focused on the development of novel gene editing/gene replacement… Read More →

Hapes Recognized for Completing Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program

Congratulations to Senior Academic Advisor Rebecca Hapes as she recently completed the 2016-2018 National Academic Advisors Association’s Emerging Leadership Program Class this October. Hapes was recognized for completing her role as a mentor during the two-year-long program during an awards of the NACADA annual conference in Phoenix in October. Hapes was one of 10 academic advisors that were selected internationally to become a mentor to 10 Emerging Leaders, which are advisors that are interested in advancing in leadership within the NACADA organization, engaging in work on committees and… Read More →

Advisor Receives Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Advising and Student Relations

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate Senior Academic Advisor Ann Pool as she received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Dean’s Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Advising and Student Relations during the Fall Awards Ceremony at the AgriLife Center in September. Pool received the award for her outstanding efforts in advising undergraduates in both the Entomology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences programs and conducting various outreach programs within the Department. Since joining the Department in 2013, Pool advises more than 300 undergraduates, and has been… Read More →

Grad Students Research Presentations Receive Awards During Forum

Three graduate students received top awards for their research during the 21st annual Graduate Student Forum held in the Heep Center on August 23. The forum gives graduate students the experience of presenting their research to peers in a format similar to what they would see during a research paper competition at conferences. Students were given a set amount of time to present their research and answer questions from the audience. Erfan Vafaie received first place for his presentation titled “Use of multiple natural enemies for inoculative biological… Read More →

Mike Merchant Receives Specialist of the Year Award During County Agents Annual Meeting

The awards keep coming for Dr. Mike Merchant as he received the District 4 Texas County Agricultural Agents Association’s Specialist of the Year Award during its annual meeting. Merchant is a professor and Extension entomologist currently working at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas. He began his career as an entomologist in 1989 in District 4, which includes the Dallas area, where he started many outreach projects and programs in urban entomology. Merchant was the original author of “Texas Two-Step” method of controlling fire… Read More →

Department Celebrates Undergraduates’ Achievements During Banquet

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… Read More →

Students, Faculty Receive Awards and Nominations During Southwestern Branch Meeting

The Department of Entomology’s faculty and students received very high honors during this year’s Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America’s 66th annual meeting during the week of March 25-29 in Albuquerque. Members of the Texas A&M Graduate Linnaean Team won first place after defeating the undergraduate team during the final round of the Linnaean Games. Graduate members Fabian List, Mackenzie Tietjen, Joanie King, and Mark Janowiecki, won against the undergraduate team, which consisted of Dayvion Adams, Jeffrey Barbosa, Betty Hernandez, and Aria Deluna. The teams faced… Read More →

Hawkings Receives Women’s Progress Student Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Chloë Hawkings as she received the Women’s Progress Student Award during the ACE Awards Ceremony in the MSC on Wednesday, April 11. Hawkings, who is currently advised by Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy, was honored for her hard work and dedication in demonstrating a commitment to improving the environment for women students through volunteer work, an elected position or advocacy programs on or off campus. Since her college career, Hawkings has been instrumental in representing the Department in several ways. She has served as a leader… Read More →