Several students were recognized this spring during the Department of Entomology’s annual Undergraduate Recognition Banquet on Thursday, April 12 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex.
Tammy Starr and Isaac Luna began the banquet by welcoming guests while former students Dikla Medina and Elaine Chu shared their experiences when they were students in the Department and also gave graduating seniors advice after they graduate.
Members of the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences Organization joined the Undergraduate Entomology then presented the group with a record of their activities that each organization has done throughout the academic year.
Forensics students Cori McDougal, Fatimah Bouderdaben, Kejaun Tate, Franchesca Rodriguez, Isaac Esparza, and Tammy Starr were recognized as the 2018-2019 cohorts for the Department of Entomology Scholars Society.
These students will be serving as liaisons between faculty, staff and prospective students. Throughout the year, scholars represent the Department and its program by serving as hosts to prospective students, parents and other campus visitors.
Dr. Adrienne Brundage also was honored with the Department of Entomology’s Outstanding Professor of the Year Award while Scott Kovar won the Outstanding Professor of the Year for the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program
while Ph.D. student Zanthé Kotzé received the Aggie Forensic and Investigative Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
The 2018-2019 AFIS officers were then announced during the end of the meeting. This year’s officers are:
- Fatimah Bouderdaben – President
- Melissa Paul – Vice President
- Kaleigh Aaron – Treasurer
- Brittany Gerich – Secretary
- Andrew Chapman – Historian
- Rachel McNeal – Activities Coordinator
- Claire Risher – Sophomore Class Representative