Emel Oren

Oren Emel won 2nd place in the Student Poster Competition at the Southern Division of International Society of Arboriculture for the poster titled: A Novel Molecular Method for Rapidly Detecting Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut. (2016)

Elizabeth Benton Elizabeth Benton won First Place in the PhD Oral Presentations Competition II at SEBr. of the Entomol. Soc. Amer. Annual Meeting for her paper titled “Impact of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Imidacloprid Treatments on Water Quality and Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Communities"​. (2016)
Chelsea Standish Chelsea Standish won first place in the MS Oral Presentations Competition at SEBr. of the Entomol. Soc. Amer. Annual Meeting her paper titled “Assessing Mercury Levels of Terrestrial Invertebrates in East Tennessee”. ​(2016)
Gary Phillips Gary Phillips received the second-place oral paper award at the 54th annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists, July 19-24, 2015, at Michigan State University. Read more here:
Elizabeth Benton

Elizabeth Benton received the 1st place Graduate Student Presentation Award at the Southern Forest Insect Work Conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas. ​(2015)
Elizabeth Benton

Elizabeth Benton received 1st place in oral presentation in the Ph.D. paper competition, and received the Robert T. Gast Award at the Southeastern Branch, Entomological Society of America meeting. – (March 2015)​

Kadie Britt Kadie Britt received 2nd  place for her oral presentation in the graduate student paper competition for Sigma Xi, UT.   (April 2015)
Sarah Mays

Sarah Mays received 1st  place for her oral presentation 

in the graduate student paper competition for

Sigma Xi, UT. (April 2015)

Sarah Mays
Sarah Mays received the Student Oral Presentation Award (1st place) at the Tennessee Mosquito Control Association meeting.  (March 2015)

Sarah Mays
         Corey Vineyard received 2nd place in the Entomology section at the Beltwide Cotton Conference. -(January 2015)
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Elizabeth Benton

Elizabeth Benton received the UTIA Scholarship Enhancement 

David Yates

David Yates received UT-CASNR Graduate Student Scholarship

Alice Cochran Alice Cochran won the Charles Wheeler Most Outstanding Master's Student Award in Plant Pathology.  (2014)

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Sarah Mays won the Charles Wheeler Most Outstanding Master's Student Award in Entomology. (2014)
Tennessee Entomological Society Logo Two Students received awards at the Tennessee Entomological Society Meeting:  (2014)
Elizabeth Benton - 1st place - Oral Presentation
Sarah Mays - 2nd place - Poster Presentation​
Southeastern Entomological Society Meeting
Several students won awards at the Southeastern Entomological Society of America Meeting: (2014)
Sarah Mays - 1st place - Poster Presentation
e - 1st place - Oral Presentation
Suzy Young Walls - 1st  place - Oral Presentation
Jeremy Blaschke - 1st place - Oral Presentation​
Elizabeth Benton ​Elizabeth Benton won first place in oral competition for her presentation on "Variations in olefin concentrations among different size hemlock trees: Implications for management of hemlock woolly adelgid" at the Entomological Society of America Meeting, that was held on the 16-19 of November (2014) in Portland, Oregon.
Sarah Mays Sarah Mays wins award at Comparative & Experimental Medicine and Public Health Research Symposium for more information please click here. ​​
Jeremy Blaschke
Jeremy Blaschke​
Jeremy Blaschke and Gary Phillips, Ph.D. students in Entomology and Plant Pathology, have each received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Graduate Fellows Program Award. Their major professors are J. K. Moulton and E. C. Bernard, respectively. Awards are made annually as “an incentive both to keep them and to have them engage in helping to teach or mentor research for undergraduate students.” (2014)

Gary Phillips
Gary Phillips

Katherine Nix and Elizabeth Benton  Elizabeth Benton (right) and Katherine Nix (left), who took first and second place awards, respectively for their presentations at the 40th Tennessee Entomological Society Meeting. (2013)
Dixie Daniels

Congratulations to Dixie Daniels, a junior majoring in forest resource management,  for winning two scholarships; Dr. Ray Wells Memorial Scholarship and the Railroad Tie Association (RTA) John Mabry Forestry Scholarship. (2013)

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Kimberly Whitlock

Kimberly J. Whitlock, Graduate Research Assistant in the Entomology & Plant Pathology M.S. program, received the Best Student Poster award at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists, (SON) held June 14-17, 2013, in Knoxville. Kimberly’s poster was entitled “A Non-Pathogenic Inquiline, Kleptoparasitic Fungus Inhabiting The Intestine Of Rhabditid Nematodes.”

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Jerreme Jackson

n won the ESA President’s Award for Outstanding Display (Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology section) at the Entomology Society of America's annual national meeting held November 12 - 14, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He also presented part of his PhD research project, with the title: ”Testing the role of arylphorin during midgut healing in response to Cry1Ac intoxication”. Jerreme is a PhD student in the Genome Science and Technology Program in the Jurat-Fuentes laboratory.

Abdul Hakeem

Abdul Hakeem has won the Tennessee Entomological Society Student Paper Competition at the TES annual meeting October 11 - 12, 2012. Hakeem has also won first place, President’s Prize for Outstanding Display (Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section), at the Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Knoxville, TN, November 19 - 21, 2012. Hakeem is currently a PhD student in Dr. Jerome Grant's laboratory.

Haley Smith


Haley Smith, M.S. Graduate Research Assistant in EPP, received the Best Student Paper Award at the 51st Annual Conference of the Society of Nematologists held August 12-12, 2012, in Savannah, Georgia. Haley’s presentation was titled, “Impacts of surface mining restoration efforts on soil-dwelling nematode communities in the Appalachian region.” Haley’s major professor is Dr. Ernest C. Bernard.



Carla Coots Congratulations! Carla S. Coots was recently awarded the prestigious Roger F. Anderson Student Award at the annual meeting of the SFIWC.
Haley Smith

At the American Society of Mining and Reclamation meeting in Tupelo this year, Haley Smith was awarded First Place in the Student Oral Paper session, and also received a separate travel award from ASMR. Congratulations!

Kathryne Nix




ryne Nix was the recipient of the CASNR Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit. She is well deserving of this recognition as she does not hesitate to engage in departmental and university activities to aid others and enhance EPP project endeavors. Congratulations!

Oluseyi Fajolu


hasbeen recognized as the winner of a 2012 Chancellor’s Extraordinary Professional Promise Award!


Abdul Hakeem Congratulations to Abdul Hakeem who won 2nd place in the PhD poster competition at the Southeastern Branch of ESA Meeting held in Little Rock, AR! The subject of his poster was "Impact assessment of predators of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on Eastern Hemlock using ortho-digital imagery". Hakeem's major professor is Jerome Grant.