Hooding and Cording Ceremony Honored College of Science and Engineering Graduates

December 19, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The College of Science and Engineering held its Master of Science Hooding and Undergraduate Research Cording Ceremony on Friday, December 12, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for students earning their degrees during the Fall 2014 semester. All students graduating with master’s degrees are eligible to be hooded at the ceremony. In addition, undergraduate students were recognized for their research alongside a faculty mentor by receiving undergraduate research cords.

“This ceremony celebrates the students’ academic and research achievements, and recognizes the support of the parents, spouses, other family members and significant others,” said Dr. L.D. Chen, Director of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “Similarly, the cording ceremony of the undergraduates recognizes the students’ research achievements.”

Students recognized during the Master of Science Hooding Ceremony were honored for achievements in their graduate degree studies, research, and academic endeavors.

As part of receiving a master’s degree, the following students were eligible to be hooded by Dr. Frank Pezold, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and their faculty mentors during this ceremony:

Master of Science in Biology: Ariane Dawn Frappier and Deborah Hoekel

Master of Science in Computer Science: Ranjith Kumar Bodla, Shanti Dhakal, Kien Dinh,  Sri Laxmi Gandra, Erman Gurses, Mutaher Kashif Mohammad, Cuong Ngoc Ngo, Duc Hoai Trinh, Ming-Hsuan Wu, and Shirisha Yellu

Master of Science in Environmental Science: Saule Akhmetkaliyeva, Kevin Bainbridge Eager, Jennifer Ann Klidies, and Luz Marina Lumb

Master of Science in Fisheries and Mariculture: Alin Gonzalez and Peter Cole Young

Master of Science in Geospatial Surveying Engineering: Eliane Maria Coelho, Daniel A. Parker, Russell R. Rule, and Paul Van Oldenmark

Master of Science in Marine Biology: Philip Jose, Kaitlyn Anna Mac Leod, Geoffrey Scott Purtle, Katherine Grace Sharp, and Kevin Dion Wolfe

Master of Science in Mathematics: Lei Zhao

An undergraduate student becomes eligible to receive a gold honor cord to wear during the graduation ceremony by completing a minimum of one year of active undergraduate research with a faculty mentor, or by completing a structured research program. In addition, each student must publicly share the results of the research in a paper or article published in a peer-reviewed journal, or as an oral presentation or poster presented at a symposium, conference or meeting.

“The College of Science and Engineering has a longstanding commitment to engaging undergraduate students in research with faculty members,” said Dr. David Moury, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “This helps to prepare them for their careers, graduate work or professional schools.”

Undergraduate students earning the following degrees received research cords from the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and their faculty mentors:

Bachelor of Science in Biology: Shira Mills, David Ray Norris, Jr., and Alex Tompkins

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Darius Stephen

Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science: Christopher Clary

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering: Alberto Duque and Maria Gironza