The Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology is pleased to announce that Mickey Parker and Jordan Rogan were among seven doctoral students who received a 2020 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship.
Texas A&M University and the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies awards this fellowship to “current doctoral students whose excellence in both research and teaching exemplifies the meaning of scholar/mentor in the highest sense,” the announcement reads.
As 2020 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Fellows, Parker and Rogan will receive a personalized award certificate and a $5,000 fellowship.
“Receiving the U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship is particularly meaningful for me because it recognizes both scholarly research and mentorship. Appreciation for the mentorship I’ve received throughout my career has driven my desire to guide students in achieving their goals. However, I never anticipated how large of a role that mentoring students would play in my development as a scientist. Working closely with students in the field and the classroom has undoubtedly made me a better communicator and ecologist. For me, scholarship and mentorship are tightly linked, with each informing the other. I am humbled to be recognized alongside such an accomplished group of doctoral students who have proven themselves to be consummate scholars and mentors. “
Parker is a Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Doctoral Program and an active member of the Applied Biodiversity Science (ABS) multi-disciplinary doctoral program. Parker’s dissertation research focuses on restoring populations of declining species—specifically, the dunes sagebrush lizard—through conservation translocations. He has presented research at 17 local, national and international conferences and has co-authored seven peer-reviewed journal articles, technical notes and book chapters. Over the course of his career, Parker has mentored at least 20 undergraduate students. He brings his passion for teaching aspiring biologists to the classroom, where he has been a lab instructor for three courses.
“I am thrilled and humbled to be named one of the 2020 recipients of the U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral fellowship. Teaching and mentoring have played a large role in my graduate career thus far. Both outlets have provided unique opportunities to engage with and provide learning opportunities and guidance to a wide variety of students, the majority of whom are very passionate about science, research and learning. I have greatly enjoyed getting to know the students I have worked with, and in several cases, watching them advance into their own graduate careers or professions in the sciences and research. It has been a deeply fulfilling and impactful experience to teach and mentor students throughout my doctoral program in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Texas A&M, and I look forward to continuing my work in teaching and mentorship.”
Rogan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology (ECCB) and a member of the Applied Biodiversity Science (ABS) multi-disciplinary doctoral program. Her dissertation research takes a multi-disciplinary approach to assess the impact of anthropogenic land-use change on mammal biodiversity in Monteverde, Costa Rica. She has taught two different undergraduate lab courses in her department for multiple semesters, and has been a featured guest lecturer in several courses. Rogan has also served as a mentor for Texas A&M undergraduate students in ECCB and in the ABS Conservation Scholars Program funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, as well as two international students (from Costa Rica and Peru) in research analysis and as field assistants for her doctoral research in Costa Rica. She has received several awards during her time at A&M, including a Fulbright Fellowship. Rogan has actively engaged in STEM outreach in the community, and in various leadership and service roles through multiple student organizations and university committees including the entirely student-led science and research exhibition, The Ecological Integration Symposium. She will present her final thesis to the community to aid in on-the-ground, collaborative conservation initiatives.
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