Merit Awards Honor Graduating Seniors

Seniors from Texas A&M University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were honored with Senior Merit Awards on April 17 at the College's Spring Awards Convocation. Based on leadership, scholarship and service at the department, college and university level, the Senior Merit Award is the highest award given to undergraduates by the College. To be eligible for the award, students must be projected to graduate during the 2010 calendar year.

The 2010 recipients from Ecosystem Science and Management are:

  • Kelly Haile, rangeland ecology and management major from Sisterdale. She served as the Texas A&M Society for Range Management Student Conclave reporter, the treasurer for the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and the president of the Texas A&M Range Club. She was a range technician for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and a five-year camp director for the Youth Wildlife Conservation Camp. Haile plans to pursue a master's degree, conducting a floristic study of the Canyon Lands Unit of the Big Thicket for her graduate studies.
  • Natalie Renee Pickett, renewable natural resources major from Midland. She was a committee chair for the executive branch of the Texas A&M Student Government Association, a member of the Texas A&M Department of Student Activities Peer Review Board, and a chairperson of the Texas Aggies Making Changes Organization. She was named a University Distinguished Student and was an assistant researcher for the department of ecosystem science and management. Pickett plans to attend graduate school.
  • Katy Weber, rangeland ecology and management major from Jonesboro. She was the vice president of the Texas A&M University Range Club, president of the Texas A&M Soil and Water Conservation Society, and a member of the Alpha Zeta Agriculture Honors Fraternity. She was a member of the Texas A&M Plant Identification Team and was selected to serve as a 2010 student intern for Congressman John Carter through the TAMU Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy internship program. Weber plans to pursue a master's degree in agricultural leadership, education and communications.
  • Mike Burbidge, spatial sciences major from Carrollton. He was the president of the Aggie Community Garden, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Association for Social Entrepreneurship. He was a field technician intern for the Texas A&M department of wildlife and fisheries sciences. Burbidge plans to earn a master's degree in natural resource development from Texas A&M and participate in the Peace Corps Masters International Program.