Category Archives: Grad Student News

Texas A&M research to examine mysteries of armyworms

Texas A&M graduate student awarded grant to research fall armyworms by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications A Texas A&M University graduate student received a research grant to better identify, understand and ultimately mitigate fall armyworm populations in Texas and the central U.S. Ashley Tessnow, a doctoral candidate in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Entomology, said armyworms have long been a pest that agriculture producers throughout the central U.S have tried to manage. But despite the long-standing battle against fall… 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 Named Outstanding Graduate Student

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University would like to honor Ph.D. candidate Ashley Tessnow with the 2020 Outstanding Grad Student Award in the Ph.D. category. Tessnow was honored during the annual Graduate Student Recognition seminar during the annual Ph.D. recruitment week on January 30. Tessnow first came to the Department as a student participating in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience in Undergraduate program in 2013. During her time in the program, she worked in Dr. Greg Sword’s lab which resulted in her co-authoring a publication…. Read More →

Congratulations Fall 2019 Graduates!

The Department of Entomology experienced two milestones this fall as a Ph.D. student was a speaker at the Ph.D. graduation ceremony and our students joined a record number of students that are expected to graduate at Reed Arena on Friday afternoon. Recent Ph.D. graduate Zanthé Kotzé got the chance to speak at the inaugural doctoral hooding and commencement ceremony held at Rudder Theater on December 7. Kotzé was selected from thousands of applicants and wanted a way to help give back to her university. “I am honored that… Read More →

Texas A&M Entomology Sweeps Awards at ESA National Meeting

Fifteen students, the Sugarcane Aphid Team, and two retired faculty members in the Department were recognized at the 2019 annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America meeting in St. Louis. The four-day-long event featured speakers from universities across the nation, symposia, and student poster and paper contests, as well as mixers and networking events held at the America’s Center and the Marriott Grand St. Louis Hotel. Professor Emeritus Dr. Jim Woolley received recognition for being editor in chief of the Thomas Say Publications from 2003-2019 during the… Read More →

Grad Student Wins Jeffery La Fage Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Pierre Lau as he received the 2019 Jeffery P. LaFage Student Award for Applied Research on Social Insects during the Entomological Society of America annual meeting in St. Louis. Lau is completing his Ph.D. research at Texas A&M under the direction of Dr. Juliana Rangel where his doctoral work is focused on how to improve honey bee nutrition, with a focus on bees’ preferences for specific ratios of protein-to-lipid within pollen resources. Lau’s findings so far suggest that bee pollen-to-lipid ratio preferences are substantially… Read More →

Grad Student Wins Graduate and Professional Student Government Fall Travel Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Phillip Shults on receiving the Graduate and Professional Student Government’s Fall Travel Award. The award will allow Shults to travel to Puerto Rico to attend the Society for Vector Ecology’s annual meeting. Shults will be giving a presentation titled “Taxonomic uncertainty in the C. variipennis complex part II: population genomic structure of C. sonorensis throughout North America” during the meeting. Shults will also be coordinating a symposium titled Unveiling the Ecology of North American Culicoides Vectors where he will have experts speaking on different… Read More →

Texas A&M entomology student chosen as fellow for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Scientist Training Program

COLLEGE STATION — Tyler Pohlenz, a Texas A&M University doctoral student, has been selected as a fellow for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Scientist Training Program, or APHIS-NSTP, starting the 2019 fall semester. Pohlenz’s doctorate concentrates on arboviruses, such as Zika, and other important pathogens. “With the move of the USDA’s Animal Disease Center from Plum Island, New York, to Kansas, USDA needs to staff the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, NBAF,” said Kevin Myles, Ph.D.,… Read More →

Grad Student Receives MUVE Travel Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Caixing Xiong as she was named the newest recipient of the Entomological Society of America’s MUVE (Medical, Urban, Veterinary Entomology) Travel Award. The award allows Xiong to attend the ESA Annual Meeting that will be held in St. Louis, Mo. from November 17-20. Xiong is mentored by Dr. Patricia Pietrantonio and will be presenting in the President’s Prize graduate student 10-minute paper competition in the MUVE category. Xiong’s research interests include validating arthropod-specific G protein coupled receptors, or GPCRs, as targets, and discovering of… Read More →