By Asar Hunzokuz & Naeem Shehzad
Madison USA: Abdul Hakeem was recently awarded first place, President’s Prize for Outstanding Display (Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section), at the Entomological Society of America National Meeting, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Earlier he also won the Tennessee Entomological Society (TES) Student Paper Competition at the TES annual meeting held on October 11 – 12, 2012. Hakeem is currently a doctoral student in Dr. Jerome Grant’s laboratory at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Hailing from Danyore town in Gilgit-Baltistan, Hakeem was for many years employed by the Department of Agriculture, Northern Areas, Gilgit before joining the Institute of Agriculture at University of Tennessee in Knoxville to study plant-insect ecosystems. He plans to return to the department at the conclusion of his studies to enrich it with his professional expertise.
Students from Gilgit-Baltistan currently residing in the US extended messages of congratulations to Hakeem and his family. In a statement to Pamir Times they said that GB should be proud of Hakeem’s achievements and emphasized the need to continue to encourage talented minds to realize their potential and lead the nation into the future.