COLLEGE STATION – Krystal Morales-Rivera of College Station has received a Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in the Graduate Student Research category.
The honor was presented Jan. 9 during the 2014 the Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence Ceremony in College Station.
Morales-Rivera is a graduate assistant in research for the biochemistry and biophysics department at Texas A&M University.
“Her quantitative skills are outstanding. The data she generates are of extremely high quality,” said Dr. Tatyana Igumenova, Morales-Rivera’s advisor and head of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance lab at Texas A&M. “More importantly, she is intellectually curious and a deep thinker.”
Morales-Rivera began her doctoral program at Texas A&M in the fall of 2008 after graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s from the University of Puerto Rico that year.
Due to her stellar performance, according to the citation, she has been awarded numerous grants to conduct research and to attend and report her findings at scientific meetings. Her research also has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.
The Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence were established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of Texas A&M AgriLife faculty and staff statewide.