Leslie Frenzel, Ph.D. student in the Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, received one of the Distinguished Graduate Student Awards in the category of Excellence in Teaching at a ceremony at the Memorial Student Center on Monday, April 29, 2013. Frenzel is a native of New Berlin, Texas and is married to Mark Frenzel, also a Ph.D. student in the department.
Each year, the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University recognizes up to 15 graduate students to receive Distinguished Graduate Student Awards in one of three categories: Excellence in Research-Doctoral, Excellence in Research-Master’s, and Excellence in Teaching. The students are nominated by their faculty advisors or their departments, and to be nominated is truly an honor and an accomplishment in itself, due to the strenuous eligibility requirements. The award recipients are chosen by a panel of reviewers, which includes faculty and administrators.
Here is Leslie’s citation:
“Leslie Frenzel is working on a doctoral degree in the Department of Animal Science specializing in Meat Science and Food Safety under the direction of Drs. Jeff Savell and Kerri Harris. Leslie has been teaching the meat science labs since the spring of 2011, and has received positive feedback from the students every semester. She strives to convey her passion for the field and actively works to foster a personal relationship with each of her students. One student said of Leslie, “she believes in the ability of each individual, and in turn students are very respectful of Leslie and her knowledge base, and hold her in high regard”. In the fall of 2012 began her tenure as the 2013 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team Coach Leslie has received two additional awards that highlight her teaching accomplishments: The Zerle L. Carpenter Outstanding Student Awards in Meat Science and the Ronnie L. Edwards Graduate Student Teaching Award.”