Category Archives: Awards

Students Win Top Awards at ESA Annual Meeting

Eight students from the Texas A&M Department of Entomology were awarded 1st or 2nd place in the 2020 Entomological Society of America’s annual national meeting student 10-minute paper competition for the Presidents Prize. This year’s meeting was held virtually from November 11-25. During the competition, students presented their research in one of four sections: 1. Medical, Urban, Veterinary Entomology, 2. Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology, 3. Plant – Insect Ecology(P-IE), and 4. Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity (SysEB). “We are quite proud of all of our TAMU students who participated… Read More →

Juliana Rangel Receives Award for Outstanding Research, Outreach in Beekeeping Industry

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M congratulates Dr. Juliana Rangel as she received the Dr. John G. Thomas Meritorious Service Award from the Texas Beekeepers Association during a special visit on Tuesday, November 3. Rangel received the award for her outstanding research and her dedication to the beekeeping industry. Her research involves investigating various aspects of the reproductive biology of honey bee queens and drones, honey bee nutritional biology, and the behavioral ecology and genetics of managed and wild honey bees. The award is given to a… Read More →

Aggie awarded grant for sugarcane aphid research

Student strides to make entomology, STEM more inclusive by Susan Himes, Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications Jocelyn Holt, a doctorate candidate in the Department of Entomology of Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, understands it is easier to win a battle when you know what weapons your enemies have in their arsenal. Following that line of thinking, Holt envisions a future where agricultural producers will know key genetic traits of the pests on their crops so they may target them more precisely. But Holt wants to take… Read More →

Grunseich Receives ESA Master’s Student Achievement Award

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University congratulates Master’s student John Grunseich as he was awarded with the Entomological Society of America’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Master’s Student Achievement in Entomology Award. The award is given to master’s students who have demonstrated creativity and significant achievements through research, teaching and/or outreach in entomology. Grunseich joined Dr. Anjel Helms’ lab in 2019 where he is studying the chemical ecology of below ground multitrophic interactions among plants, root-feeding herbivores, and natural enemies. Grunseich is investigating the role of chemical compounds in… Read More →

Former Ph.D. Student Receives Presidential Professor Award

The Department of Entomology congratulates former Ph.D. student Dr. Asha Rao as she was recognized with the 2020 Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award. The award was announced during the September Faculty Senate virtual meeting and is the highest honor bestowed on faculty members universitywide. Rao currently is an instructional assistant professor in the Department of Biology. Rao earned her Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in 1996 and 2002 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Bradleigh Vinson’s lab and as a research associate at the… Read More →

Mike Merchant Awarded with Honorary Membership at the Entomological Society of America

Congratulations to former Professor and Extension Specialist Dr. Mike Merchant as he was named an honorary member of the Entomological Society of America in 2020. Merchant recently retired from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and was one of five entomologists in the nation that were named honorary members. The award acknowledges members who have served the ESA for at least 20 years outstanding work throughout their careers to advance the organization at an extraordinary level. For 31 years, Merchant has been serving the state as Professor and Extension… Read More →

Former Ph.D. Student Named Comstock Award Winner

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate former Ph.D. student Dr. Xiaotian Tang as he was named the John Comstock Award winner for the Southwestern Branch. Tang received his Ph.D. in entomology recently in May under the direction of Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy. His research focused on the vector biology and vector-pathogen interactions between the bacterial pathogen, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (Lso), and its vector, the potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli). Tang’s main research areas are to identify key genes involved in the interactions between the vector and the pathogen… Read More →

Grad Students Receive Awards at Virtual Graduate Student Forum

Congratulations to five of the Department of Entomology’s grad students that received recognition during the 23rd annual meeting of the Graduate Student Forum that was held virtually on Tuesday, August 18. This year’s forum featured 17 students giving presentations on diverse topics. The first place award was given to Morgan Thompson for her presentation titled “Undercover operation: root herbivory modifies aboveground plant-herbivore interactions.” Jonathan Hernandez received second for his presentation titled “Co-occurrence of kdr mutations V1016I and F1534C in the voltage-gated sodium channel and their impact on the… Read More →

Grad Students Receive CIRTL Certificates for Teaching

Congratulations to seven of the Department’s Ph.D. students as they received certificates from the Texas A&M Center of Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning this summer. Jeffrey Yung and Dayvion Adams received CIRTL’s Academy of Future Faculty certificate. Some of the activities they did included engaging in a semester-long learning community either in the fall or spring, participating in weekly professional development workshops about college teaching, observe faculty teaching classes, as well as adding to their teaching portfolios. Leah Buchman, Zachary Popkin-Hall and Ashley Tessnow were also named… Read More →

Ph.D. Candidate Receives Top Award for Academic Advising

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate Ph.D. candidate Jennie Rhinesmith-Carranza for her hard work in advising students in the Department of Animal Science this year. Rhinesmith-Carranza was awarded the Texas A&M University President’s Award for Academic Advising, which is the highest academic advising award offered universitywide. Rhinesmith-Carranza has been pursuing a PhD in Dr. Tomberlin’s lab since 2017 and became a Ph.D. candidate in December 2019. Her dissertation research explores the inter- and intraspecific effects on carrion volatiles and attraction of two primary carrion colonizers, Nicrophorus… Read More →