June 2022
Accomplishments and Awards
Fall 2022 Graduate Fellowships Announced
The College offered fellowships to outstanding prospective master's and doctoral students who will start graduate school in fall 2022. Five Texas A&M University Merit Fellow awardees and 14 College Excellence Fellowship awardees will join us in fall 2022. 
Texas A&M University Merit Fellows

  • Christina Griffith, Agricultural Economics, M.S.
  • Addison Frese, Biochemistry, Ph.D.
  • Zachary Hoover, Biochemistry, Ph.D.
  • Brianna Martin, Biochemistry, Ph.D.
  • Brooklyn Schumaker, Horticulture, Ph.D.
Excellence Fellowship Awardees

  • Stone Tanner, Biochemistry, Ph.D.             
  • Cody Goode, Biochemistry, Ph.D.               
  • Thomas Weidman, Biochemistry, Ph.D.       
  • Aime Shimwa Mvuyekure, Animal Science, M.S.                   
  • Joe Johnson, Agronomy, Ph.D.                    
  • Purushottam Gyawali, Agronomy, Ph.D.     
  • Britt Faulk, Biochemistry, Ph.D.                  
  • Kapil Chobhe, Soil Science, Ph.D.                
  • Luke Whiteley, Soil Science, M.S.                
  • Jackson Linde, Entomology, Ph.D.               
  • David Claverie, Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Ph.D. 
  • Alexandria Kemp, Biochemistry, Ph.D.        
  • Malik Nkrumah, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Ph.D.
  • Madeline Steck, Entomology, Ph.D.
  • The Graduate and Professional School awarded five Aviles-Johnson Fellowships and one Pathways to the Doctorate Fellowship to prospective graduate students in our College.     
  • The Tom Slick Fellowship for current graduate students with outstanding research progress was awarded to Yasmin Quintana, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology.
  • The Willie Mae Harris Fellowship for current graduate students with outstanding teaching skills was awarded to Katrina Keith, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology.
Dean's Team Updates
Faculty Affairs
Academic Calendars and Schedules
Upcoming Deadlines
Promotion and Tenure
  • Recordings of university, College, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service workshops on the promotion and tenure process are available at faculty.aglifesciences.tamu.edu.
  • Promotion and Tenure Zoom Hours for Committee Chairs and Staff: Committee chairs and staff involved in the promotion and tenure process are invited to visit come-and-go Zoom hours 10-11 a.m. every Friday through September 23 to ask questions and join the discussion.
Academic Affairs
News and Opportunities
  • New Graduate Committee Faculty (GCF) System: The Graduate and Professional School launched a new GCF System. Details and a user guide are available at grad.tamu.edu.
  • Summer Graduate Advisor Workshop: The Graduate and Professional School will host a Summer Graduate Advisor Workshop Wednesday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Gates Ballroom, MSC. Register at gradconnect.tamu.edu.
Graduate Fellowship and Assistantship Opportunities
Undergraduate Student Opportunities
  • The Office for Student Success is looking for caring staff and faculty to serve as Hullabaloo U instructors for the fall 2022 semester. More information about the Hullabaloo U instructor opportunity can be found at trk.tamu.edu.
  • A Math Learning Center satellite site may be available on west campus in fall 2022. More information on the main campus Math Learning Center can be found at mlc.tamu.edu. Details will be forthcoming.
  • Due Saturday, Oct. 1: Proposals for faculty-led study abroad programs and proposals for spring/winter 2023 field-trip programs are due to the College. Contact Mary Bryk if you have any questions.
Inclusive Excellence
  • ADVANCE Administrative Fellow: Congratulations to Juliana Rangel, Ph.D., who will be joining the administrative team as an ADVANCE Administrative Fellow for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters. She will be developing federal grant proposals related to the support of Hispanic and other underrepresented students within the College. You can learn more about the ADVANCE Administrative Fellows program at advance.tamu.edu.
Student Success and Development
  • Prospective student information sessions occur weekly on Fridays. Students can register for a visit with a recruiter at https://recruiter.tamu.edu/.
  • We'd like to congratulate our recruiters, departments, advisors and friends of the College and thank them for helping us reach 1,938 admitted students into the College. Of those, 1035 have confirmed admissions.
Professional Development, Training and Wellness
Professional Development
Employee Wellness
Professional Service Units
Use the button below to watch previously recorded Lunch and Learn sessions for helpful information, training and resources from Texas A&M AgriLife Professional Services.
Student Update
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council
Student Scholarships
  • The student council will be awarding scholarships soon. Recipients will be named on the council's social media!
Follow the student council on Facebook and Instagram. Visit our website: tamucoalscouncil.com
Our Mission in Action
Each month, we highlight faculty and staff who have embodied the Aggie Core Values and demonstrated their immense dedication to advancing the mission of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in teaching, research and service.

Dusty Menzies is an instructional assistant professor and assistant head for undergraduate programs in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Menzies has been employed at Texas A&M University for over 25 years, where he has been critical to major past initiatives like the First-Year Friendly Faculty and Critical Thinking Fellowship. Menzies also is a beloved mentor to his students. During his time at Texas A&M, he has taught over 3,000 students. He has developed and led study abroad programs to Ireland and Scotland and helped support and advise students in three organizations. Menzies also served as student section advisor to two national organizations and organized the section's participation in annual meetings during that time.


Amir Ibrahim, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, project leader of the Small Grains Breeding Program, and wheat breeder with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. As part of the Texas Wheat Breeding Program, Ibrahim leads the College Station Center of Excellence, targeting Central Texas, South Texas and the Blacklands, with primary breeding objectives directed toward heat stress, leaf rust, stripe rust, stem rust and Hessian fly resistance. Ibrahim also leads Texas A&M AgriLife's portion of WheatCAP, which aims to create an unmanned aircraft system, UAS, data hub as a component of a $15 million USDA-NIFA grant. This grant brings together the strengths of the public wheat breeding programs in 19 universities across the U.S.


Jennifer Wyle, lecturer and meat judging team coordinator in the Department of Animal Science, was recently awarded a Texas 4-H Salute to Excellence Award at the Texas 4-H Roundup on Tuesday, June 7. This award recognizes outstanding 4-H volunteers for their service to 4-H programs and the impact they have had on the lives of young people.

Have a colleague in mind we should feature?

Email us at aglifesciences@ag.tamu.edu to nominate someone.