CVM Alumna Wins Excellence in Research Award
Posted May 18, 2017
Distinguished Graduate Student Award winners, with Marty Holmes
and Dr. Sue Bloomfield (flanking winners in the back row), include:
(standing, from left) Zachary Schultzhaus, Nima Jalili, Rachael
Muschalek, Robert Hinck, John Kainer, Rachel Curtis-Robles, Corrine
Metzger, Dr. Karen Butler-Purry; (sitting, from left) Landon Nash,
Robyn Woollands, Elizabeth Seto, Guillermo García Ureña,
Christopher Schalk, Ying-Pin Chen, Inchul Cho, and Crystal
Rachel Curtis-Robles, who earned her doctorate in biomedical
sciences in December from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), was one of 16 students or
graduates recognized with a Distinguished Graduate Student Award by
the Association of Former
Curtis-Robles was among seven selected from students across
Texas A&M’s 17 colleges for the AFS’s “Excellence in
Her recognized research focused on the ecology and epidemiology
of Chagas disease—a parasitic disease spread by triatomine “kissing
bug” vectors—in Texas. In addition to studies of Chagas disease
vectors, she led studies of infection prevalence’s in canine,
wildlife, and human populations throughout the state.
Curtis-Robles also was cited for her dedication to public
outreach and education.
She co-founded the Texas A&M Kissing Bug Citizen Science
Program, which accepts kissing bug vectors from across Texas and
the U.S. for acceptance to a testing and research collection.
Along with her public outreach education activities, she has
presented at many scientific conferences and work and presentations
have garnered her presentation awards at national and international
Curtis-Robles was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research
Fellow, as well as a Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
Merit Fellow, and is now completing postdoctoral work in lab of Dr.
Sarah Hamer, assistant professor in the CVM’s Department of
Veterinary Integrative Biosciences.
Each year, the AFS chooses graduate students to receive
Distinguished Graduate Student Awards in one of three categories:
“Excellence in Research-Doctoral,” “Excellence in
Research-Master’s,” and “Excellence in Teaching.”
Student nominations arrive from faculty advisers or departments,
and nomination represents a true honor and accomplishment
in itself, due to strenuous eligibility
requirements. Recipients are selected by a panel of reviewers
including faculty and administrators.
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