Texas A&M To Honor 16 Distinguished Graduate Students April 23

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By Keith Randall, Texas A&M Marketing and Communications

Sixteen students from Texas A&M University who are pursuing their master’s or doctoral degrees have been named Distinguished Graduate Students for 2018.

The students are being honored for their exemplary accomplishment in one of three categories: Research (doctoral), research (master’s) and teaching. The recipients will be recognized and presented their awards during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 23 at The Association of Former Students Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center on campus when each will be presented a framed certificate and custom watch from The Association.

“Graduate students contribute to our research and teaching missions while advancing scholarship in their fields of study,” said Dr. Mark Zoran, acting 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.”

Adds Porter S. Garner III ’79, president and CEO of The Association of Former Students, “Graduate students are an important component of our Aggie Network and they bring great honor to Texas A&M through their research and teaching. The Association of Former Students is proud to recognize their excellence and thank them for their continued representation of our core values of Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect and Selfless Service.”

The recipients along with their departments and faculty advisers are:

Research – Doctoral

  • Patrick Anderson, Philosophy & Humanities, College of Liberal Arts

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tommy Curry

  • Crystal Dozier, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alston Thoms

  • William Hamilton, Computer Science, College of Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andruid Kerne

  • Gisele Cardosa de Lemos, English, College of Liberal Arts

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marian Eide

  • Charles Brandon Sweeney, Materials Science & Engineering, College of Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Micah Green

  • Shuai Yuan, Chemistry, College of Science

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hong-Cai Joe Zhou

  • Tan Zhou, Ecosystem Science & Management, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sorin Popescu

  • Yong Zhou, Ecosystem Science & Management, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thomas Boutton

Research – Master’s

  • Joshua Harris, Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Valasek

  • Scott Wilson, Finance, Mays Business School

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Akhilesh Gaharwar

For Teaching:

  • Grace Brannon, Communication, College of Liberal Arts

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Street, Jr.

  • Lori Michelle Costello, Agricultural Leadership & Communications, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tracy Rutherford

  • Xingzhi Jia, Information & Operations Management, Mays Business School

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Xenophon Koufteros

  • Andrew Lacanienta, Public Service & Administration, Bush School of Government & Public Service

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Ellis

  • Carrie Marie Murawski, Communication, College of Liberal Arts

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tasha Dubriwny

  • Jonathan D. Perry, Physics, College of Science

Faculty Advisor: Dr. William Bassichis

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Media contact: Dr. Shannon Walton, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, at shannon@tamu.edu or (979) 845-3631.


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