ESSM Awards & Merits 2014 Berg named 2014 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellow Matthew Berg, a doctoral student in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Recruited through the USDA National Needs Fellowship Program, Mr. Berg’s research addresses large-scale causes of land use and land cover change and their effect on water resources and erosion. In addition to finishing as runner-up in Texas A&M’s first annual Three-Minute Thesis competition, he has been recognized for excellence in teaching in his department and beyond. Matthew was invited to build a new undergraduate course from the ground up, team-teaching with Dr. Brad Wilcox. Mr. Berg was named his department’s Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher of the Year and subsequently selected by the Center for Teaching Excellence as one of its Teaching Assistant Mentors for 2013-2014. Matthew was awarded the 2013 Graduate Student Policy Award by the Ecological Society of America and the 2014 Future Leaders in Science Award by the Agronomy Society of America/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America. These awards sent Matthew to Washington, D.C. to engage members of U.S. Congress in advocating for federal investment in science research across the nation. He also coordinated the 2012 Ecological Integration Symposium and represented his department on the Graduate Student Council. Mr. Berg aims to make a lasting impact at the intersection of science and policy. The Gramm Fellowship promotes, encourages and rewards outstanding teaching and research by doctoral students whose command of their respective disciplines exemplifies the meaning of scholar/mentor in the highest sense. Students who are awarded this fellowship excel in both research and teaching. In 2007, the university’s Office of Graduate Studies began awarding deserving graduate students with the fellowship from an endowment created by the Texas A&M Foundation. The endowment was created from donations given in honor of Gramm, who, in addition to leading a distinguished legislative career, served as professor of economics at Texas A&M. Gramm spent two decades serving in the U.S. Congress and Senate, using his economic and financial expertise to create important laws and policies, and to provide advice to legislators and the White House. Gramm is senior partner of Gramm Partners, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. More information: http://aglifesciences.tamu.edu/blog/2014/04/15/berg-named-2014-u-s-senator-phil-gramm-doctoral-fellow/ Congratulations Matt!