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Distinguished Graduate Student Awards

Since 1965, The Association of Former Students has joined with Texas A&M University's Office of Graduate and Professional Studies in recognizing outstanding graduate students for their exemplary accomplishments in one of two categories: Research and Teaching.

These awards are presented annually to 15 or more outstanding graduate students. Each individual recipient receives a framed certificate and custom gold watch from The Association.

“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 graduate and professional studies. “Thanks to The Association of Former Students’ support for these awards, we are able to recognize 15 of our most exemplary graduate students this year.”

Donors to The Association of Former Students provide funding for this program. 

Porter S. Garner III ’79, President and CEO of The Association of Former Students, said the alumni association is proud to recognize graduate students’ excellence in research and teaching, as well as their embodiment of Texas A&M’s core values.

"The admirable work of the graduate students being honored with this year’s Distinguished Graduate Student Award bring honor, prestige and recognition to Texas A&M,” he said.

The ceremony and reception planned to accompany the 2020 awards was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 recipients, along with their departments and faculty advisors, are:

Research Awards

  • Brent Ryan Bielefeldt ’16, Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Darren Hartl ’03
  • Liang Feng ’18, Chemistry, College of Science
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hong-Cai Zhou
  • Keshav Karki ’16, Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steven H. Safe
  • Lauren A. Lewis ’11, Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ivan Rusyn
  • Alyssa Myers ’20, Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Hamer
  • Clayton Reed Mulvihill ’13, Mechanical Engineer, College of Engineering
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric L. Peterson
  • Prashanth Kumar Siddhamshetty ’20, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joseph Kwon
  • Hua Wang ’19, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Xiaofeng Qian

For Teaching

  • Na Young Ahn ’20, Health and Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. George Cunningham ’99
  • Chante Ajalon Anderson ’20, Communications, College of Liberal Arts
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kristan Poirot
  • Michaela Baca ’17, English, College of Liberal Arts
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nandra Perry
  • Jessica C. Benson ’12, Agricultural Leadership and Communications, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Strong ’02
  • Kimberly Clough ’19, English, College of Liberal Arts
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marian Eide
  • Suresh Joshi ’19, Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steven Woltering
  • Hyunkyung Kwon ’16, Teaching, Learning and Culture, College of Education and Human Development
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Capraro
  • Lacey N. Roberts ’20, Agricultural Leadership and Communications, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tobin Redwine ’07
  • Ellen Song ’21, Chemistry, College of Science
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kim Dunbar
  • Felicia York ’22, Communications, College of Liberal Arts
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lu Tang
Address

505 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

Phone Number

(979) 845-7514

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