Category Archives: Awards

Students Receive COALS Senior Merit Awards

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… Read More →

Grad Student Receives Top Prize for Presentation at Ecological Integration Symposium

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Crys Wright on receiving first place for her talk at the Ecological Integration Symposium that was held at Rudder Tower on April 5-6. Advised by Dr. Raul Medina, Wright tied with Raven Blakeway for first place in the Graduate Student Oral Presentation section. Wright’s presentation was titled “Fecundity Compensation: Possible in the Sugarcane Aphid?” Medina was very proud of Wright and her award. “I was thrilled, yet not surprised to learn Crys got first place for her EIS talk,” Medina said. “Crys is really… Read More →

Grad Student Places Second for Talk at Student Research Week

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Joanie King as she received a top award during the 2019 Student Research Week held from March 18-22 at the Memorial Student Center. King received second place in the graduate oral competition in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences category for her talk titled “Science Communication in Entomology: Knowing What’s Bugging Them Can Help Us Connect With Communities” “It was really nice winning an award for Student Research Week,” King said. “I am glad that I stayed positive because this opportunity was a… Read More →

Liz Walsh Receives Outstanding Grad Student Award

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate Ph.D. candidate Liz Walsh as she received the 2019 Outstanding Grad Student Award in the Ph.D. category. The award was given during a special presentation during the pre-seminar social held in the Heep Center fourth floor atrium on Thursday, February 14. Walsh is no stranger to the Department, as she joined Dr. Juliana Rangel’s laboratory in June 2013 as a student in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduate – EXCITE program. Walsh graduated from her undergraduate institution, Ripon… Read More →

Frank Gilstrap Honored with Lifetime Achievement Recognition

Congratulations to Dr. Frank Gilstrap as he received recognition for his oustanding work during his career with the Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension during a special departmental seminar on Thursday, February 14. Gilstrap joined the Department in 1974 as a teaching and biological control research faculty member. From 1996 until 2003, he worked as the director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and then served as the director of the Urban Solutions Center in Dallas from 2005-2011. As a faculty member, Gilstrap provided leadership to the… Read More →

Brundage Receives Honoring Excellence Award

Dr. Adrienne Brundage’s engaging teaching style and her caring for students has yet garnered another award as she was recognized by Residence Life on Friday, February 1 at the Memorial Student Center. Brundage was recognized with the organization’s Honoring Excellence Award during its ceremony in the Gates Ballroom. The awards are given annually to eight outstanding and faculty staff who go above and beyond inside and outside of their daily jobs to impact student learning and academic success. As an Associate Instructional Professor, Brundage teaches the Veterinary Entomology… Read More →

Grad Student Receives Top Award at American Bee Research Conference

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Alex Payne for receiving the Student Paper Award for her presentation at the 2019 American Bee Research Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Payne received the award  presentation titled “Spillover in eusocial insects: Detection of honey bee (Apis meliifera) associated viruses in ants.” The award was given by the American Association of Professional Apiculturists to the best student papers at the conference at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Paper and presentation topics must include the genus Apis and are judged on the quality of the… Read More →

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale Team, Charles Allen Win Superior Service Awards

Members of the Crape Myrtle Bark Scale Team and Dr. Charles Allen started the New Year off on a good note as they both received Superior Service Awards from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service during the AgriLife Conference on January 8. The Crap Myrtle Bark Scale Team consists of Dr. Mengmeng Gu (Horticulture Sciences), Dr. Mike Merchant (Entomology), Erfan Vafaie (Entomology), Laura Miller (County Extension Agent- Commercial Horticulture), Janet Laminack (County Extension Agent-Horticulture), and Dr. Yu Zhang (Ag Economics). The team was established in 2013 to help educate… Read More →

Grad Students Receive Honors at Texas Plant Protection Association Conference

Four grad students received awards for their outstanding research at the 30th annual Texas Plant Protection Conference on December 4-5 during a special luncheon at the Brazos Center on December 5. Ph.D. student Luke Pruter was presented the 2018 Ph.D. Student Award in Excellence in recognition of his research and outreach efforts with his dissertation on the best use of advanced pest management technologies (Bt-hybrid corn and atoxigenic strains of A. flavus) for reducing corn yield and quality losses associated with insect ear-feeders (corn earworm and fall armyworm)… Read More →

Research Assistant Receives Staff Meritorious Service Award

Congratulations to research assistant Dr. Maria Azucena Mendoza-Herrera as she received the Department of Entomology’s Meritorious Service Award during a special awards presentation on Thursday, December 13. Mendoza-Herrera has been working as a research assistant in Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy’s lab since 2014 where she has helped Tamborindeguy achieve her research goals in her lab. During her career, Mendoza-Herrera has authored five papers, including first author recognition on two. This year she published two papers describing the plant symptoms associated with two bacterial haplotypes. Mendoza-Herrera is currently working on… Read More →