Texas A&M To Honor 16 Distinguished Graduate Students On April 24

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By Texas A&M University Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Staff

Sixteen students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees at Texas A&M University have been named Distinguished Graduate Students for 2017. The recipients are being recognized for exemplary accomplishments in one of three categories:  Research Doctoral, Research Masters, and Teaching.

“Graduate students contribute to our research and teaching missions while advancing scholarship in their fields of study,” said Dr. Karen Butler-Purry, associate provost for professional and graduate studies. “Thanks to The Association of Former Students’ support for these awards, we are able to recognize 16 of our most exemplary graduate students this year.

The students will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 24, where each will be presented a framed certificate and custom gold watch from The Association.

“The work of the graduate students honored with the Distinguished Graduate Student Awards brings honor and recognition to Texas A&M,” says Porter S. Garner III ’79, President and CEO of The Association of Former Students.  “The Association of Former Students is proud to recognize their excellence in research and teaching and their embodiment of our core values of Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect and Selfless Service.

The Distinguished Graduate Student Awards program will be part of Texas A&M’s Distinguished Day activities on April 24 that also include the Distinguished Achievement Awards program, celebrating exceptional accomplishment and academic excellence of outstanding university faculty, students, and staff.  Distinguished recognition will continue that week with an evening induction ceremony and reception on April 26 honoring Texas A&M University Distinguished Professors.

The 2017 recipients, along with their departments and faculty advisors, are:

Research – Doctoral

  • Ying-Pin Chen, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hong-Cai Zhou

 

  • Rachel Curtis-Robles, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Hamer

 

  • Robert Schaefer Hinck, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Randolph Kluver

 

  • Landon D. Nash, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Duncan Maitland

 

  • Christopher Schalk, Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lee Fitzgerald

 

  • Zachary Schultzhaus, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brian Shaw

 

  • Robin Michele Woollands, Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Junkins

 

Research – Master’s

  • Nima Antonio Jalili, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Akhilesh Gaharwar

 

  • Rachael L. Muschalek, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Duncan Maitland

 

Teaching

  • Forrest J. Bowlick, Department of Geography, College of Geosciences
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Bednarz

 

  • Inchul Cho, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Payne

 

  • Crystal Dozier, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alston Thoms

 

  • Guillermo García Ureña, Department of Hispanic Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alberto Moreiras

 

  • John Michael Kainer, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stjepan Mestrovic

 

  • Corrine E. Metzger, Department of Health & Kinesiology, College of Education & Human Development
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Susan Bloomfield

 

  • Elizabeth Seto, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joshua Hicks

 

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Contact: Shannon Walton in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at shannon@tamu.edu or (979) 845-3631.

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