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Graduate students awarded Freeman Fellowships

Rebecca Rylander holding a Black-crested Titmouse and Stephen Harding holding a Diamondback Water Snake

Rebecca Rylander and Stephen Harding were awarded Freeman Fellowships from the university. The fellowships are intended to support graduate students whose research involves the university-owned Freeman Ranch. Rebecca (advised by Dr. Sarah Fritts) and Stephen (advised by Dr. David Rodriguez) are both students in the Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology Ph.D. program. (Posted 3-11-2019).


Another successful year for the Biology Student Colloquium

The Biology Department's annual student research colloquium took place on Friday February 22. The colloquium provided an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research. It was organized by students from the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society along with much assistance from faculty members, Dr. Susan Schwinning and Dr. Erica Nierth. At this year's colloquium, Stephen Harding won best talk by a Ph.D. student, Timothy Cioffi won best talk by an M.S. student, and Meaghan McCormack won best poster. Congratulations to these students! And many thanks to all the student and faculty volunteers that contributed to making the colloquium a success. (Posted 3-2-2019)


Student group wins award at recent meeting

Students and faculty at the 2019 meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society

The Texas State University student chapter of the Wildlife Society recently won recognition as the best student chapter in the entire state. The Wildlife Society is a national-level professional organization of wildlife biologists, academicians, graduate and undergraduate students. Many universities (nine in Texas) have student chapters that are primarily run by undergrad students. The award is a great accomplishment for our students, particularly the officers (Sonia Duran, Amanda Jackson, Joshua Robledo, Rachel Alexander, and McKenna Steiner) as well as other members and the faculty adviser, Dr. Scott Walter, that continue to make this student organization top-notch. In addition to the group award, Katherine Underwood won 3rd place in the art competition. (Posted 2-26-2019)


Graduate students win awards

Dr. Butch Weckerly, Lisa Koetke, Sara Weaver, and Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano

At the recent meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Sara Weaver and Lisa Koetke won first and second place awards in the Clarence Cottam awards competition. The awards recognize Sara and Lisa for giving outstanding oral presentations of their research. Sara's talk was titled Ultrasonic acoustic deterrents reduce bat fatalities at wind turbines in south Texas, and Lisa's talk was Population growth when carrying capacities vary. Their graduate advisers are Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano and Dr. Butch Weckerly, respectively. (Posted 2-26-2019)