Texas A&M University Graduate and College has selected the 2022 US Senator Phil Gramm Fellowship Award winners. When Teaching exemplifies the meaning of scholarship and mentorship in the highest sense.
These awards, made possible by gifts from donors in honor of Senator Graham, recognize the important role graduate students play in helping Texas A&M University achieve its teaching and research mission. and his legacy of scholarship, leadership and public service.
Gram received his Ph.D. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Georgia and was a professor of economics at Texas A&M University for 12 years before he turned to politics. Before being elected to the U.S. Senate, Gramm first represented Texas’ 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for nearly 20 years. He is currently a Senior Partner at Gramm Partners, a public policy firm in Washington, DC, and a Senior Advisor at US Policy Metrics.
Each 2022 winner will receive an individual certificate and a $5,000 fellowship to support their continued learning. They will be honored in an invite-only ceremony on her October 5th.
The 2022 US Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship Award recipients are:
Amanda Beckman PhD Candidate in Ecology and Conservation Biology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry from Florida State University. Co-advised by Dr. Sarah Hammer and Dr. Gil Rosenthal, Beckman’s study explores how different sources of management effort and artificial selection influenced the turkey’s evolutionary trajectory. Working with hunters and wildlife agencies across North America, Beckman collected hundreds of turkey feathers to use as a source of her DNA, allowing researchers to study population structure and subspecies of wild turkeys on an unprecedented scale. This allowed us to analyze the hybridization between In her paper, using these DNA sources, she explores the impact of close ties between turkeys and humans on the genome in a variety of contexts, and explores the modern evolutionary pressures that shape populations of all species. I am deepening my understanding of Beckman is honored for her research and contributions through the Ecology and Evolution Program Student Award, the Shubot Center Director’s Award for Avian Health, the Brian/College Station Girl Her Scout Her Service Unit Her Star Her Volunteer Award Service is recognized.
Ana Cristina Chan Gonzales PhD candidate in biomedical engineering with a focus on molecular biomechanics. Under the guidance of Dr. Wonmuk Hwang, Chang-Gonzalez has worked to develop a method to construct quantitative surface models of human and zebrafish embryonic brains from 3D image stacks. Her current research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of her T-cell receptor, a key component of the adaptive immune system, through molecular dynamics simulations. Change-Gonzalez is a 2016 recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and has received awards from the Korean Institute for Advanced Study, the Biophysical Society, and the Protein Society.She was recently featured in a magazine cover story biophysics report For her paper on 3D image stacks. Chang-Gonzalez enjoys developing materials that teach scientific concepts, including contributions to the Children’s Book Project of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association. “The ABCs of Biomedical Engineering”, leads the AggiE-Challenge team.
Mary Colleen “MC” Hannon I am a PhD Candidate in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University on the Galveston Campus. Under her advisor, Dr. Anja Schulze, Hannon has studied the reproductive cycle of the local marine parasite and explored the genetic drivers behind this parasite’s sexual metamorphosis and the associated muscle changes. I am expanding my current understanding. Her Hannon research has received funding from the American Society for Microscopy, Texas Her Sea Grant, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As a member of her Invertebrate Education team, Hannon helped her develop her own curriculum for distance learning in 2020. Hannon has served on multiple governing and executive committees at both the undergraduate and undergraduate levels, and has conducted workshops for her fellow graduate students. She has completed the requirements for an Advanced Professional Development Certificate offered by graduate and technical colleges for resources and training in teaching undergraduates.
Hannah Justin PhD Candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Impact Assessment and a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Evolution from Germany, Kira joined Texas A&M in 2018, where he works under the guidance of Dr. Delmore. Her work has the potential to fill an important gap in our understanding of the process of speciation, or the creation of new species that occur when groups within a species develop new and unique traits. Her paper specifically tracks songbirds in the wild, investigating which genes control seasonal migration patterns and how this contributes to speciation. Justen’s research is supported by several grants and fellowships, including funding from the American Philosophical Society, Animal Behavior Society, the Schubot Center, and an International Fellowship by the American Association of University Women. Passionate about teaching and outreach, Justin has been involved in classroom teaching and mentoring undergraduates during field collection trips and is dedicated to making research on seasonal migration more accessible to students and the general public. I am part of a group that
Aravind Nagarajan PhD Candidate for an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics. Aravindh, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai, India, and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Texas A&M, is working with Helene Andrews-Polymenis to study host-pathogen interactions. I joined the laboratory of Dr.His current research uses laboratory mice and multidrug resistance Staphylococcus aureus, seeks to understand the genetic factors behind why some people infected with the same pathogen become ill and others remain asymptomatic. , teaches a course in the Genetics Lab (for which he received the Genetics and Genomics 2020 Student Choice Award), and has mentored many undergraduates through the Aggie Research and Summer Research programs. plays a role as After graduation, Aravindh hopes his studies will expand access to personalized healthcare and safe research/teaching spaces for students from disadvantaged communities.
Donnie Secristo I am an English doctoral candidate. She holds BA and MA degrees in English from Radford University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington respectively. Her current research focuses on the intersection of ecocriticism and humor in 20th century and her 21st century literature. Her current paper, written under the guidance of her advisor Dr. Emily Johansen, explores how nature writing uses grotesque and absurd humor to move beyond preconceived notions about the genre of environmental literature. Checking it up. Recently awarded a 2021-2022 Elizabeth Qualls ’89 Endowed Graduate Fellowship, Secrest has presented her work at several national and international conferences and currently serves as associate editor of a literary journal. Artemis.