NRM students stand out at Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society meeting
By: Norman Martin
Several outstanding students and graduates from Texas Tech University's Department of Natural Resources were featured in awards presentations during the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society's 2023 Annual Conference. The honors were presented on Thursday (Feb. 23) at Omni in Houston.
“Our students represented Texas Tech, Davis College, and NRM with pride, honor, and exceptional work ethic and attitudes,” said Blake Grisham, an associate professor in Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management. During the meeting, Grisham transitioned to president of the state chapter for 2023-2024.
“I'm grateful to be the individual who highlights these achievements, and I am confident the stellar performance and representation from all TTU faculty, graduate, undergraduate, student organizations, and alumni will continue into the next year,” he said.
During the awards presentations, Madeleine Rawlings, a senior from Austin, was awarded the Colin Caruthers Memorial Scholarship, which is given to the top preforming wildlife student in Texas. Micah Rainey, a former The Wildlife Society officer, who is now a student at Texas Tech's School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, started a tradition of Texas Tech students being named Texas Chapter Student of the Year in 2020. Sophie Morris followed as Student of the Year in 2021, and in 2022, Lainey Taylor made it three years in a row.
In other action, Dakota Holden, a senior from Luling, was awarded “Outstanding Student – The Wildlife Society at Texas Tech” as voted on by faculty advisors and peers. Also, the Texas Tech chapter of the Wildlife Society placed second in the conference's annual quiz bowl competition.
In addition, Annie Braack, a senior range conservation major from Pilot Point, Texas, was awarded third place for her undergraduate poster presentation, which dealt with an irrigation systems on the Southern High Plains. Meanwhile, Lauren Spjut, a master's student from Montgomery, was awarded first place for her photograph in Texas wildlife and third place for her photograph in non-Texas wildlife, plants or scenery.
CONTACT: Warren Conway, Chair, Department of Natural Resources Management, Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-6579 or email@example.com
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