Category Archives: Current Student News

Students Receive Recognition During 25th Meeting of International Congress of Entomology

ORLANDO—The month of September has been good for the Department of Entomology as six students received awards during the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) meeting in Orlando. Held every four years, ICE allows entomologists worldwide to collaborate and communicate their ideas and to make important connections with entomologists and scientists and compete in global presentation competitions. This year’s meeting featured keynotes from Nobel Prize recipients Drs. Peter Agre and Jules Hoffmann and featured various plenary speakers each day throughout the duration of the conference. In addition, several of… Read More →

Faculty Members and Student Receive Top College Awards

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Three people from the Department of Entomology received the highest honors the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences gives out annually during its annual Awards Ceremony on September 29. Drs. Juliana Rangel and Adrienne Brundage, and senior Shelby Kilpatrick won three awards for their hard work and dedication with the Department and College. Rangel was honored with the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Early Career Research for her work during the first few years since she joining the Department. Since Rangel joined the faculty as Assistant… Read More →

Students Join Record Number of Aggies Graduating in Spring 2016

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–A large group of students celebrated another milestone in their lives as they joined 9,000 other Aggies during spring commencement on Friday, May 13. The students joined thousands of others from the College of Agriculture and and the College of Geosciences expected to walk the Reed Arena stage. These included 30 undergraduates, 4 Master of Science candidates, 1 Ph.D. candidate, and 27 Public Health Entomology Certificate recipients. Undergraduates Emily Crews, Alexandria Payne, Taylor Splawn, Colton Sweetser, and Adrianna Tirloni were also recognized during the LAUNCH recognition… Read More →

Entomology Student Discovers New Bee Species in Dominica

Shelby Kilpatrick’s experience studying abroad in Dominica has led to a very exciting and memorable learning experience as she discovered a new species of halictid bees during a recent trip to the country in 2015. What turned out to be an insect collecting and identification study for Kilpatrick, a junior Entomology major, ended up being part of the study that was featured in a paper by Jason Gibbs of Michigan State University and a species being named in her honor of her new discovery. The paper titled Bees… Read More →

Hewlett Receives COALS Senior Merit Award

Congratulations to senior Entomology major Jeremy Hewlett as he received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Senior Merit Award during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Convocation. Hewlett is a member of the Texas A&M Undergraduate Entomology Student Organization and works in Dr. Micky Eubanks’ lab studying the ant-aphid mutualisms and how to use them in controlling other pests while increasing crop yield. He also participated in certification classes and group sailing activities in the American Sailing Association and the Kemah Sailing Club in 2011-2012… Read More →

Undergraduates Recognized At 20th Annual Banquet

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Congratulations to all of the Department’s students that were recognized at the 20th Annual Undergraduate Entomology Student Banquet on Friday, April 8. Students and their families convened at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex where they were treated to a barbecue dinner and desserts as members of the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences and the Undergraduate Entomology Student Organization led the program. After the welcome, UESO member Shelby Kilpatrick reported the highlights of the year’s activities for the organization while Stephanie Stratta reported highlights from AFIS… Read More →

Texas A&M Entomology Students Receive Numerous Awards during Southwestern Branch Meeting

TYLER, Texas – Seven students walked away winners at the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society meeting February 22-25 in Tyler. Ph.D. student Derek Woller received the ESA’s Comstock Award. This prestigious award with one graduate student from each branch recognized for their accomplishments in research, service, and public engagement. The award is financial support to attend the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America which this year is co-located with the International Congress of Entomology to be held in September in Orlando, FL. Woller is a… Read More →

Linnaean Teams Win First and Second Place at Southwestern Branch Meeting

TYLER, Texas–The Department of Entomology’s graduates and undergraduate Linnaean Teams came out big during the annual Linnaean Games quiz bowl competition at the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society meeting during the last week of February. The Graduate Linnaean Team received first place after defeating the Texas A&M undergraduate team in the final round of play. Both teams also competed other teams, graduate and undergraduate, from Oklahoma State University. The graduate team consisted of Pierre Lau, Freddy Ibanez, Adrian Fisher, and Carl Hjelmen while the undergraduate team included… Read More →

Grad Students Honored with Awards During Seminar

COLLEGE STATION, Texas –The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate two of our grad students as they received top honors during the department’s spring seminar series on February 18. Ph.D. student Carl Hjelmen received the Outstanding Ph.D. Student while Devin Beach Tillman received the Outstanding Masters Student Award during the special presentation. Hjelmen is advised by Dr. Spencer Johnston and is currently researching the evolution of genome size in Drosophila species. Hjelmen is a member of the Graduate Entomology Student Organization, where he is serving as the… Read More →

Grad Students Receive High Awards for Presentations at National Meeting

MINNEAPOLIS– Congratulations to Ph.D. students Carl Hjelmen and Liz Walsh as they were given awards for the Graduate Ten Minute Paper Presentation Competition at the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting on Monday, November 16. Hjelmen’s paper received first place in the SysEB – Citizen Science, New Methods, and Physiology section and was titled “Phylogenetic basis for understanding genome size evolution in Drosophila.” In his paper, he is looking at the evolution of the genome size in the Drosophila species of flies. In his research, he is utilizing… Read More →