The Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences congratulates the outstanding students receiving 2021 Senior Merit Awards. Presented by the College for over 50 years, these awards recognize the best of the best graduating seniors.
These students are pursuing legacy degrees in the former Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and Ecosystem Science and Management departments.
Tristan Winslett-Owen is a first-generation college student. Growing up, he loved all things outdoors including traveling to national parks and seeing the amazing landscapes and wildlife. After receiving his A.S. in Environmental Studies, the mentors in his geology lab internship pushed Tristan to continue his education. He transferred to Texas A&M University to pursue a Bachelor’s in Ecological Restoration. Tristan is striving to put his skills towards a career in restoring degraded ecosystems and preserving nature for future generations.
Katherine Mason is a senior who majors in Ecological Restoration and Renewable Natural Resources with a minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management and a Watershed certification. Outside of class, she remains active on campus as a member of the TAMU
women’s club lacrosse team and the TAMU club sailing team. Katherine will be continuing her studies in the medical field post her spring graduation.
Joseph is a senior undergraduate at Texas A&M University, pursuing a double major in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences and Entomology. He serves as the President of the Texas A&M University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, has led students on deer captures with the East Foundation, volunteered with CWD checkpoints for Texas Parks & Wildlife, and assisted with prescribed burns on public and private lands. Joseph currently works as a student employee for the Feral Hog Project with the Natural Resource Institute. He creates educational presentations and resources through a variety of online and social media outlets. Joseph is an avid wildlife photographer and helps manage his family’s outdoor photography business, Richards Outdoor Photography LLC. In his free time, he also enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping.
Grace Vielleux is a Wildlife and Fisheries Science major. She decided to pursue a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries due to her love of working in nature and passion for conservation advocacy. During the summer, Grace will be gaining field experience at the Forest Service in California, doing Goshawk and Spotted owl surveys. In her free time, she enjoys camping, rollerblading, and embroidery.