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AAEC alum takes research, creative activity award at Texas A&M-Commerce

A doctoral graduate from Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics has won back-to-back annual honors from his peers at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Jose Lopez, a ‘04,’08 and ‘09 Tech alum and an assistant professor of agribusiness with the college’s Department of Agricultural Sciences, has been presented the “2012 Provost Award for Research & Creative Activity” for the College of Science, Engineering and Agriculture.

The award was given as part of Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Academic Affairs Spring Awards Ceremony on Monday (April 9) at the Sam Rayburn Student Center. Last year, Lopez walked away with the “Spring 2011 A&M Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence” for the College of Science, Engineering and Agriculture.

Lopez is currently part of a research team examining barriers for beginning Hispanic farmers and ranchers. The three-year project, which began in 2010, is funded by the USDA, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Lopez received his bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Ave Maria College and his master’s degrees in statistics, and agricultural and applied economics from Texas Tech. His doctorate in agricultural and applied economics is from Texas Tech.

Established in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is the fifth oldest state university. It has been a member of the Texas A&M University System since 1996. The university, located about 60 miles northeast of Dallas, offers more than 100 major areas of study at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Eduardo Segarra, Professor and Chairman, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2821 or



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