Category Archives: Current Student News

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 →

Students Receive Certification during Vector Biology Workshop

Congratulations to six students in the Department of Entomology as they completed the Master of Vector-Borne Disease Management Certification course in Houston. Graduate students Samantha Hays, Casey Flint, Jennie Rhinesmith-Carranza, Dongmin Kim, and Brittny Jones, and undergraduate student Cierra Briggs, a researcher for Dr. Gabe Hamer Lab, were the recipients of the certification course during the three-day-long course was held in Houston in December of 2018. The course’s focus was to help educate people on what vector-borne diseases are and how to control the insects that carry them…. Read More →

Study Abroad Trips to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica Bring Valuable Field Research Experience to Students

Several students from the Department of Entomology and other departments around the university spent the summer researching in a different location as they ventured to Trinidad and Tobago and at the Soltis Research Center in Costa Rica this summer for research during two study abroad programs. The two groups developed and carried out research projects in the field and learned about the local cultures in both Trinidad and Tobago, and in Costa Rica. At the end of the program, the students turn their research into a paper that… Read More →

Congratulations Summer 2018 Graduates!

The summer ended well for four students in the Department of Entomology as they joined approximately 2,200 Aggies during summer commencement on August 10. The students expected to graduate this summer included 2 undergraduates and 2 Master’s degree candidates. The Department would like to congratulate the following students and wish them good luck on their future endeavors: Undergraduates Gabriel Rick Contreras Bachelor of Science – Entomology Aria Crysta Deluna Bachelor of Science – Entomology Graduate Students – Master of Science Ryan Selking Entomology Jeremy Hewlett Entomology

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 →

Hawkings Receives Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Mentoring

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Chloë Hawkings as she received the 2018 Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for mentorship on Thursday, February 8 during the Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Lecture at the Engineering Technologies Building. Hawkings is the first student in the Departmentt of Entomology that received this high honor, which recognizes the research and mentoring efforts of women on the Texas A&M campus. She was recognized for her efforts in mentoring both undergraduate and graduate women students into the field of entomology. In 2017, Hawkings was one of the founders… Read More →

Online Journal Features Best of Undergraduate Student Research

Students in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University now have another way to display their research as the third edition of the Instars student-edited online journal was just released this june. Since its inception two years ago, the Instars open access online journal has grown from a handful of journal articles from various undergraduate student research projects into a place to where students could have a place to easily showcase their research to the public. Articles in the third volume include a variety of undergraduate projects… Read More →

Department of Entomology Undergraduates Recognized During Special Reception

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–Several of the Department’s undergraduates received recognition and awards at a special recognition reception on the first floor of the Heep Center on Wednesday, May 3. Students and faculty members were first treated to food outside Room 103 before the main program started and juniors Tammy Starr and Dayvion Adams welcomed everyone to the event. After the welcome, guest speaker Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin said a few words of encouragement to the graduating seniors during the keynote address. Adams then reported highlights from the Undergraduate Entomology Student… Read More →

Students Receive Awards for Research at Ecological Integration Symposium

Congratulations to senior Shelby Kilpatrick and Ph.D. student Tyler Raszick on receiving top awards during the 2017 Ecological Integration Symposium  held on Friday, March 24. Kilpatrick tied for first place in the Undergraduate Oral Presentation category. Kilpatrick’s presentation was titled “Density-dependent phenotypic plasticity in Schistocerca lineata Scudder, 1899 (Orthoptera: Acrididae)” Kilpatrick is an Entomology and Agricultural Leadership and Development double major and works in Dr. Hojun Song’s lab. Raszick tied for first place in the Graduate Oral Presentation category with his presentation titled “Boll Weevil (Antonomous grandis) population… Read More →

Entomology Department Helps Youths Practice for 4-H, FFA Judging Contests with Annual Clinic

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—More than 170 members of the Future Farmers of America and 4-H youth programs statewide and their agricultural science teachers, adult leaders and county agents spent a rainy Saturday morning learning about entomology, entomology contests, and testing their insect identification skills in the Heep Center during the Entomology Judging Clinic on Saturday, March 4. The annual half-day clinic is designed to help 4-H and FFA students with skills to collect, prepare, and identify insects, to learn about their biology and relationships to different environments, all in… Read More →