Montgomery Award

The Montgomery Award is funded with income from an endowment and in recent years went to the President of the Graduate and Professional Student Council. Since the GPSC President now receives a full graduate assistant stipend with tuition support, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies felt it appropriate to award the Montgomery Prize to another student leader whose service has also postively impacted the larger Texas A&M graduate student body. Students eligible for the Montgomery Award are student leaders making major contributions to the academic opportunities and quality of life of their fellow graduate students here at Texas A&M. Whether through demonstrated leadership in international students groups or service organizations, students must show their dedication to serving Aggie graduate students in addition to excellent academics and scholarship.

Nomination Guidelines

Deadline for Submission: 5pm, April 7th, 2017

Requirements

Requirements consideration by review committee

  1. Student must be currently enrolled as a full-time graduate student (≥ 9 hours) and in good academic standing (all GPR’s ≥ 3.0).

  2. Student must be a current student leader of a recognized graduate student organization or have served in such capacity in the current or previous academic year; this includes:

    • (University) Graduate and Professional Student Council officers (excluding the current President*)

    • Department/organization Representative to GPSC

    • Leader of other recognized graduate student organization on campus

    • *Current GPSC President will serve on the selection committee for this award

  3.  Evidence of contributions to organizations or events on our campus that have improved the university climate or enhanced experiences for large numbers of TAMU graduate students. This could include (but is not limited to):

    • Outstanding service to other graduate student organizations (beyond GSC).

    • Proposing, providing major input to development of, and/or taking a major role in implementing new university-wide events benefitting graduate students.

    • Involvement in regional or national professional societies that provides direct benefit to other Texas A&M graduate students (new events/services/etc.)

Required Information to be Submitted by the Nominator

  1. Nominator should provide a short letter (≤ 1 page) describing how the nominee’s service activities are making, or have made, a major or positive impact on Texas A&M’s graduate student body (self-nominations are welcome).

  2.  Nominee should submit CV including all service activities.

  3.  Nominator should submit at least one letter of support (≤ 1 page) from the student’s advisor, an administrator or staff person familiar with this student’s service efforts, or a graduate student serving as an officer in an A&M graduate student organization for which this student had given outstanding service.

  4.  The completed package should be converted into one pdf and emailed to OGAPS-award-admin@tamu.edu by 5:00 pm, April 7, 2017 .

  5.  For questions or more information, please contact Tasmin L. Washington in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at OGAPS-award-admin@tamu.edu or at 845-3631.

Past Award Recipients

2012 Award Recipient

Archana Gawde:

The Montgomery Award was established in February 1983, by the Estate of Jeff Montgomery. This Montgomery Award is funded by income from that endowment and in recent years went to the President of the Graduate Student Council. Since our GSC President now receives a full graduate assistant stipend with tuition support, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies felt it appropriate to award the Montgomery Prize to another student leader whose service has also made a positive impact on the larger Texas A&M graduate student body. Students eligible for the Montgomery Graduate Endowed Fellowship are student leaders making major contributions to the academic opportunities and quality of life of their fellow graduate students here at Texas A&M. Whether through demonstrated leadership in international student groups or service organizations, students must show their dedication to serving Aggie graduate students in addition to excellent academics and scholarship. The 2012 recipient of the Montgomery Prize is: Ms. Archana Gawde .Archana Gawde is a PhD student in the Molecular and Environmental Plant Science program in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. While pursuing her degree, Archana served as the Diversity Commissioner with the Student Government Association, as an active member in the Graduate Student Council, Vice President of the MEPS Student Association in addition to serving on 7 different Administrative Panels at the university level. Her most notable contribution, however, is her service as President of the International Student Association, which represents over 5,000 students from many different cultures at Texas A&M. In this role she took major responsibility for overseeing the organization of International Week with the help of her officer panel. Another interesting project Archana initiated on campus was the My Story Seminar Series, aimed at improving the campus climate through understanding others. One administrator wrote, “In everything she does, Archana looks at how she can improve our university climate and enhance the experiences of graduate students…She exhibits all the values of an Aggie: integrity, leadership, respect for others, and selfless service.”

2013 Award Recipient

Morgan E. Shirley is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of chemistry at Texas A&M University. Prior to her arrival at TAMU she completed a B.S. in Biochemistry, B.A. in Environmental Chemistry and a minor in Leadership Studies at the University of Kansas in spring 2008. Since joining TAMU in Fall 2008 her doctoral research has focused on natural product total synthesis and synthetic organic chemistry methodology development under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Romo. During her time at TAMU she served in many capacities in her own department as the organic chemistry representative and later she was elected President of the Graduate Association of Chemistry. At the University level she served as the Selfless Service chair and is currently the Vice President for University Affairs for the Graduate Student Council. Morgan has been actively involved in Women in Science and Engineer (WISE) for the last three years, devoting time to professional development workshops and outreach for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She designed and hosts an interactive workshop for the annual Expanding Your Horizons conference entitled Bright Future: Bright Idea, which includes three hands on experiments teaching 6th grade girls about the chemistry involved in fluorescence and its everyday applications.  Due to the limited number of women in physics, Morgan stepped up in organizing the first ever South Central Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics here at TAMU in January 2011 She is also actively involved with the Sustainability Council, Energy Club, Laboratory Safety Committee and currently serves as the MSC Fall Leadership Conference Director of Delegates.  Morgan has volunteered with Big Event, served as the Team Captain for the GSC Relay for Life team, and as a moderator for the science bowl competition, to name a few. While at TAMU Morgan committed to enhancing the lives of graduate students through outreach, advocacy for graduate rights and developing new events for graduate students to connect with one another and become a part of the Aggie Spirit. In fact, one of Morgan’s peers wrote, “She sincerely strives to help people succeed in any way that she can, enhancing both the short-term and long-term quality of life for Aggie graduate students”.

2014 Award Recipient 

Jacqueline Pope is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry working under the supervision of Dr. Janet Bluemel. She is currently studying immobilized Pd(II)/Cu(I) catalyst systems for the Sonogashira reaction, as well as performance polymer analysis for energy applications. She is an active member of the Texas A&M Student Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), moving through the ranks from Secretary to President, and is currently serving as the Vice-President of Science. She is also actively involved in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) organization and currently serves as President. In addition to being actively involved in leadership roles in these organizations, she enjoys giving back to the community by participating in various science outreach activities such as Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), a science workshop for young girls, and Southwood Valley Elementary’ s Super Techno Science Night, a night of science activities for the local community.

2015 Award Recipients 

Amanda David is completing her PhD in the Chemistry Department under the leadership of Professor Kim Dunbar.  Her research focuses on metals in medicine, in particular dirhodium-based anti-cancer agents.  Professor Dunbar commends Amanda’s skill at balancing her research as a synthetic inorganic chemist with her biochemical work involving cellular assays on cancer cells in the Biochemistry Department.  Amanda has published a total of 9 publications, with at least 3 more publications in the works.  She also presented 13 posters and six oral presentations at local and national conferences. Amanda’s work resulted in many awards and accolades from Texas A&M and others, including the Susan M. Arseven Make-A-Difference Memorial Award, the Faculty Senate Aggie Spirit Award, the U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship and the Richard W. Schmude, Jr. Endowed Graduate Scholarship. She participates actively in numerous national and local organizations such as the Graduate Teaching Academy, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS), Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), and this year she initiated the Organization for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry at Texas A&M.  

Natalie Harvey is a PhD candidate in the Chemistry Department under the leadership of Professor Daniel Romo.  She recently published a complex natural product synthesis and even synthesized several derivatives and a cellular probe.  She has presented her research five times at local and state conferences.  Natalie peppers her graduate career with participation in various leadership, service and mentoring activities.  She served as President of Women and Science in Engineering (WISE) and helped plan their 2015 conference featuring 7 speakers and around 150 attendees.  She was president of Phi Lambda Upsilon Graduate Chemistry Honor Society and co-coordinated their 5K race to raise money for local schools.  She served as Vice-Chair for the Aggie Green Fund Advisory Committee (AGF), an organization helping make Texas A&M a more sustainable campus. Natalie’s numerous honors and awards from Texas A&M and others include a Professional Development Travel Grant and first place in oral presentation during Student Research Week.  She received the prestigious Graduate Student Merit Fellowship and won Honorable Mention in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Natalie actively participates in professional affiliations for her field, including Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and the American Chemical Society.  
 

2016 Award Recipients 

Lindsay Porter is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Veterinary Pathobiology from Texas A&M University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Ecology and Evolution at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in 2007. Lindsay has made a tremendous impact in the department and her field. Besides committing to her duties as graduate research and teaching assistant, she has been published six times and has participated in numerous presentations, conferences and lectures. She has received numerous recognitions for her efforts including Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Gamma Sigma Delta International Honor Society of Agriculture. Lindsay’s extracurricular activities include being the President of Graduate Student Association of the College of Veterinary Medicine where she has made significant contributions not only to the organization and her department but also to the entire graduate student population. Lindsay is also the Chair of Quality of Life Committee in the Graduate and Professional Student Council. She is the founder and current President of the Grad Aggie Parent Group. Lindsay’s list of services to Texas A&M University also includes being part of the OGAPS Professional Development Steering Committee, Women in Science and Engineering Committee, and College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Instruction Committee.