Two University of Texas at Tyler biology students won certificates and cash prizes at the Southwestern Branch Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Corpus Christi.
Danielle Tufts of Sacramento, Calif. received first place for her poster about Red Imported Fire Ants. UT Tyler student Natalie Vitovsky of Tyler took third place for her poster about Pierce’s Disease and the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter.
“This meeting is for entomologists in the southwestern United States to report data to a community of scientists. It is a great opportunity for students to talk to other scientists. In the case of our students, they might be able to talk to someone that is looking for a Ph.D. student to start next year,” said Dr. Blake Bextine, UT Tyler assistant professor of biology.
The students worked on their research projects for over one year, according to Bextine who receives grants for research from the Texas Pierce’s Disease Education and Research Program, Frito Lay and the Texas Potato Growers.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.