Forensics Students Receive Scholarships and Awards During Recognition Reception

Dr. Jeff Tomberlin speaking words of encouragement to the audience and to undergraduates. Photo by Rob Williams

Dr. Jeff Tomberlin speaking words of encouragement to the audience and to undergraduates. Photo by Rob Williams

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Several Forensic and Investigative Sciences students received scholarships and recognized for their activities this academic year during the Department of Entomology’s special Undergraduate Recognition reception on Wednesday, May 3.

After the welcome, guest speaker Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin said a few words of encouragement to the graduating seniors during the keynote address and junior Forensic and Investigative Sciences major Tammy Starr updated everyone on the highlights from various activities the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences Organization had done this past academic year.

Emily Parsoneault, right, with Dr. Pete Teel.

Emily Parsoneault, right, with Dr. Pete Teel.

Dr. Pete Teel then announced the scholarships and special awards during the awards portion. Forensics students that received scholarships include the following:

  • Jeremy Arnold – Fowden G. and Katherine G. Maxwell Scholarship
  • Brice Phillips – Paul Truman Riherd Memorial Scholarship
  • Emily Parsoneault – Dr. Micky Eubanks Outstanding Faculty Scholarship
  • Mya Gates – Dial and Eva Martin Memorial Scholarship
  • Calli Allison- Len P. Quattrochi Memorial Scholarships
Mya Gates, right, with Dr. Pete Teel.

Mya Gates, right, with Dr. Pete Teel.

Forensics students Nicholas Richter, Mya Gates, Fatimah Bouderdaben, and Kejaun Tate were also announced as the 2017-2018 members of the Department’s Entomology Scholars Society.

The Scholars Society was developed to help current students to expand their leadership and outreach skills though the enhancement of various departmental events. Members serve as liaisons between faculty, staff, and prospective students and represent the Department by serving as hosts to prospective students, parents, and other campus visitors.

Ashleigh Faris, right, with Tammy Starr, AFISO president, left.

Ashleigh Faris, right, with Tammy Starr, AFISO president, left.

Other awards given out included Dr. Jim Woolley receiving the Outstanding Professor of the Year award while Ashleigh Faris won Outstanding Teaching Assistant for Forensics and Chloe Hawkings received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant for Entomology.

Finally, the 2017-2018 AFIS officers were announced. They include the following:

The 2017-2018 Entomology Scholars Society. From left to right: Dayvion Adams, Franchesca Rodriguez, Fatimah Bouderdaben, Mya Gates, Nicholas Richter, and Kejaun Tate. Photo by Rob Williams.

The 2017-2018 Entomology Scholars Society. From left to right: Dayvion Adams, Franchesca Rodriguez, Fatimah Bouderdaben, Mya Gates, Nicholas Richter, and Kejaun Tate. Photo by Rob Williams.

  • Tammy Starr – President
  • Fatimah Bouderdaben – Vice President
  • Adriana Peterson – Treasurer
  • Katie McLeod – Secretary
  • Mya Gates-Historian
  • Skylar Huddleston – Activities Coordinator

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