Category Archives: Grad Student News

Grad Student Receives Top Award for Research at Beltwide Cotton Conference

Congratulations to Ph.D student James Glover on receiving a top honor for his research at the 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio on January 3-5. Glover received the Best Ph.D. Oral Presentation in Entomology during the conference for his talk titled “Pathogenicity and Transmission of Cotton Seed & Boll Rotting Bacteria Vectored by the Verde Plant Bug” “James did a great job authenticating that a plant bug on cotton, the verde plant bug, transmits and retains a cotton boll rot pathogen,” Brewer said.  “His research led him… Read More →

Members of Aggie Women in Entomology Helped Sixth Grade Girls Get Interested in STEM and Entomology

Sixth grade girls statewide had the chance to expand their horizons in science and entomology as members of the Aggie Women in Entomology helped to increase interest in STEM fields during Expanding Your Horizons on Saturday, December 2. This event allows girls in the sixth grade the chance to experience the various areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through interactive lectures and hands-on activities taught by both faculty and student volunteers. During each 45-minute session, grad students and Aggie Women in Entomology members Jocelyn Holt, Alex Payne,… Read More →

Linnaean Team Wins First Place, Department Receives Top Awards and Recognition at National Meeting

  DENVER—Several of the Department of Entomology’s undergraduate and graduate students received high recognition for their work during this year’s Entomological Society of America annual meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The conference, which was held from November 5 through 8, allows entomologists to learn the newest research and collaborate with others from across the United States and many international attendees.  It is the largest gathering of Entomologists in the world with 3,700 in attendance this year.  Our students competed in various poster and oral presentation… Read More →

Gordy Receives Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology

Congratulations to Ph.D. student and County Extension Agent John Gordy for receiving the Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology. Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, the award recognizes Dr. Larry Larson’s role as a leader and pioneer in insect management and carries that legacy to the next generation of leaders in applied entomology. Gordy received his Bachelor of Science in both agronomy and entomology at Texas A&M University and received his Master of Science in entomology from Louisiana State Unversity where he worked with Drs. Michael… Read More →

Entomology Graduate Student Organization Participated in Monarch-Friendly Wildflower Seed Planting at Local Park

Several members of the Department of Entomology’s graduate students and postdoctoral research associates recently joined the Texas A&M Garden Club and other local organizations during a recent wildflower seed planting event at Richard Carter Park in College Station with the A&M Garden Club on Saturday, October 21. The group also included members of the A&M Garden Club, the local Daughters of the American Revolution, Butterflies in the Brazos, City of College Station, Keep Brazos Beautiful. During the morning, they planted seeds throughout the park to promote habitat that… Read More →

Janowiecki Receives Shripat Kamble Urban Entomology Graduate Student Award for Innovative Research

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Mark Janowiecki as he was named the 2017 recipient of the Shripat Kamble Urban Entomology Graduate Student Award for Innovative Research. The award is given to a Ph.D. student that is currently conducting research which demonstrates innovative and realistic approaches to the field of Urban Entomology. Janowiecki received the award for his research in subterranean termite colony interactions. Through lab and field studies, Janowiecki is currently researching subterranean termite biology and specifically how subterranean termite colonies interact with each other. He said he wants… Read More →

Grad Students Hosted Entomology Outreach Program for Local Youth Center

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–The Department of Entomology’s graduate students hosted an interactive journey in insects and their world during a special outreach event for the youth during North Bryan Community Center’s Summer Camp on July 24, 2017 in the Heep Center. The program called “Insects and Beyond! An Interactive Introduction to the Wonder-full World of Entomology” provided youths in the program a fun and interactive way to help them learn more about insects and the science of entomology and nature. During the first section, several of the grad students… Read More →

Carl Hjelmen and Richelle Marquess Named Outstanding Graduate Students

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–The Department of Entomology recently named Ph.D. student Carl Hjelmen and MS  student Richelle Marquess as the newest Oustanding Graduate Students at a special recognition seminar on Thursday. Hjelmen is advised by Dr. Spencer Johnston and is researching the evolution of genome size in Drosophila species. During the past year, Hjelmen has prepared and submitted a manuscript titled “The mode and tempo of genome size evolution in the subgenus Sopophora” and was a contributing author of another paper titled “The effects of natural selection and repetitive… Read More →

Alex Payne Wins Award for Her Research at National Conference

GALVESTON, Texas—Congratulations to Ph.D. student Alex Payne as she recently received an award for Best Student Paper from the American Association of Professional Apiculturists for her talk at the organization’s annual American Bee Research Conference in Galveston in January, 2017. Payne is mentored by Dr. Juliana Rangel. Her talk at the symposium was titled “The effects of honey bee (Apis mellifera) queen insemination volume on colony growth”. Her presentation looked at how the volume of semen in a queen who was artificially inseminated affects the overall growth of… Read More →

Grad Students Receive Top Awards at Nineteenth Annual Forum

Four students received top awards during the Department of Entomology’s Nineteenth Annual Graduate Student Forum on August 25. Tyler Raszick received first place for his talk titled ”Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) population genomics as a tool for monitoring and management” and Jocelyn Holt received second place for her talk “The sugarcane aphid in the continental US” This year’s competition ended up with a tie, with both winners receiving awards. The winners were Derek Woller for his presentation titled “Exploring the functional frontiers of genitalia morphology via synergistic imaging… Read More →