(Credit: Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.)


Two graduate students in the Texas A&M University College of Science are among 16 from across the campus who have been named Texas A&M Distinguished Graduate Students for 2018 in recogntion of exemplary achievement in research, teaching and mentoring.

Shuai Yuan, a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry mentored by Texas A&M chemist Dr. Hongcai Joe Zhou, earned a Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research, while Jonathan D. Perry, a Ph.D. candidate in physics mentored by Texas A&M physicist Dr. William Bassichis, was honored with a Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Each year graduate students are recognized for excellence in one of three categories: doctoral research, master's research and teaching. Students are nominated by their faculty advisors or their departments -- an accomplishment in and of itself, officials say, due to the strenuous eligibility requirements. The award recipients are chosen by a panel of reviewers that includes faculty and administrators.

"Graduate students contribute to our research and teaching missions while advancing scholarship in their fields of study," said Dr. Mark J. Zoran, acting associate provost for professional and graduate studies. "Thanks to The Association of Former Students' support for these awards, we are able to recognize 16 of our most exemplary graduate students this year."

Yuan and Perry were celebrated along with their fellow recipients in an April 23 ceremony at The Association of Former Students Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center, sponsored by The Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Office of Graduate and Professional Studies. Each was presented with a framed certificate and custom watch from The Association.

"Graduate students are an important component of our Aggie Network, and they bring great honor to Texas A&M through their research and teaching," said Porter S. Garner III '79, president and CEO. "The Association of Former Students is proud to recognize their excellence and thank them for their continued representation of our core values of Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect and Selfless Service."

Yuan joined the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry in 2012 after receiving his bachelor of science in chemistry from Shandong University that same year. His research is focused on the synthesis of stable metal-organic frameworks for energy conversion and storage.

Perry, who is set to receive his Ph.D. in May, is widely respected for his innovative teaching in freshman physics courses. In addition to his graduate teaching and research responsibilities, he serves as a web design student worker in the Texas A&M Department of Physics and Astronomy.

To learn more about the Distinguished Graduate Student Awards and related programs and events to celebrate graduate student accomplishment at Texas A&M, visit http://ogaps.tamu.edu/.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Shannon Walton, (979) 845-3631 or shannon@tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Shuai Yuan

    (Credit: Texas A&M Energy Institute.)

  • Jonathan D. Perry

    (Credit: Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy.)

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