News and Announcements
Awards go to doctoral students whose dissertations make outstanding contributions to their disciplines
An Interview with Fulbright Recipient Melissa Meierhofer
NIH Award to help increase participation, career training, and community building for under-represented minority students in Biomedical Sciences graduate programs
Following the last several months of working with the Graduate & Professional Student Council, we are pleased to announce the creation of a new commencement and hooding ceremony exclusively for doctoral students beginning Fall 2019 on December 7th.
Angela Achorn: Fulbright in Indonesia (Anthropology studying crested macaques)
Angela graduated from Rhode Island College in 2016 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Environmental Studies. Previously, she’s studied cultural perceptions of primates as pets, trash-raiding behaviors by white-faced capuchins, and intestinal parasite infections in three lemur species. She earned her M.A. in Anthropology at Texas A&M in 2018, and is now pursuing her Ph.D in Anthropology under the advisory of Dr. Sharon Gursky. Her primary research interests include mate choice and sexual selection in nonhuman primates. Angela has received a Fulbright award to conduct her dissertation research, which will examine relationships between scrotal coloration, parasite infections, testosterone, and mating behaviors in Sulawesi crested macaques. Angela was also awarded the Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award in Indonesian. Outside of academia, Angela enjoys reading, running, playing tennis, and watching sci-fi/fantasy movies.
Melissa Meierhofer: Fulbright in Finland (Ecology studying white-nose syndrome in bats)
Melissa Meierhofer's research is focused on understanding the susceptibility of winter-roosting bats to white-nose syndrome, a cold-adapted fungus that has caused the deaths of millions of hibernating bats. She focuses on quantifying bat composition, abundance, and environmental conditions within hibernacula across Texas. Prior to this research, Melissa volunteered her time in the mammal and bird divisions at the Field Museum of Natural History. She completed her Master of Science under the direction of Dr. DeeAnn Reeder at Bucknell University in 2013. Her thesis work focused on little brown bats and understanding the physiological consequences of white-nose syndrome. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychobiology and studio art from Ripon College in 2011 where she studied parental care of Eastern bluebirds.
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies extends hearty congratulations to Kara Bond, Academic Advisor III, Teaching, Learning, and Culture on her selection as the inaugural winner of the Excellence in Graduate Advising Award.
Kara received a plaque and a cash award of $500 at the University Advisors and Counselors Awards Breakfast on May 2, 2019.
The Excellence in Graduate Advising Award recognizes academic advisors who help to create and nurture an environment in which highly qualified, diverse graduate and professional students can thrive. Winners consistently demonstrate knowledge, care, empathy, and advocacy for graduate and professional students.
Kara proved exceptional in monitoring student progress toward academic and career goals. In addition, she exhibited mastery of institutional rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
OGAPS wishes Kara warmest congratulations on this exceptional achievement.
Sent on behalf of the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies and The Association of Former Students
Texas A&M Honors 15 Distinguished Graduate Students April 29
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies and The Association of Former Students have named fifteen graduate students as Distinguished Graduate Students for 2019. Students are recognized for exemplary accomplishments in one of two categories: Research and Teaching.
Through the sponsorship of the Office of the Provost, the Office for Diversity, and the Office of the Dean of Faculties, Texas A&M University has re-joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an Institutional Member, which allows all faculty, postdocs, and graduate students access to NCFDD member resources at no cost
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Winners of 2018 3 Minute Thesis Competition
Texas A&M University English proficiency requirements for international graduate students to serve in teaching positions have recently been updated.
Specifically, beginning with summer 2017, English language proficiency certification will require English language proficiency only in the oral/speaking area.
Students admitted prior to summer 2017 who currently meet the new requirements listed below for certification will be updated in COMPASS by OGAPS by May 30, 2017 to reflect ELP Certification status. Once the update has taken place, advisors can confirm this update in COMPASS.