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Recent Entomology Graduate Student Awards

The Entomology graduate program allows students to participate in important and exciting research and to become leaders in academic, government, or industrial settings.

Recent Graduate Student Awards:

  • Loren J. Rivera Vega, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology and International Agriculture and Development, received the College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Kevin Cloonan, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, 2nd place for presentation "Quest to identify the attractive volatile bouquet of selected fungal species isolated from the  mushroom sciarid fly, Lycoriella ingenua, to gravid female flies" at the ICE/ESA meeting. (2016)
  • Saundra Wheeler, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, 1st place for presentation "Plant assisted medication: virus challenged bees improve survival with caffeine nectar" at the ICE/ESA meeting. (2016)
  • Anne Jones, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, won 1st place for presentation "Effects of caterpillar oral secretions on indirect plant defenses" at the ICE/ESA meeting. (2016)
  • Loren Rivera, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology and International Agriculture and Development, 2nd place for poster "Insect saliva as the first line of defense against plant defenses" at the ICE/ESA meeting. (2016)
  • Saundra Wheeler, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, won First Place for her presentation, “Plant assisted self-medication: Virus-challenged bees improve survival with caffeine nectar consumption,” at the National Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) meeting in Jacksonville, FL. (2016)
  • Flor Acevedo, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, received a NE SARE grant for her project: "Boosting plant defenses using silicon fertilization.” (2015)
  • Mali Doke, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, received a NE SARE Graduate Student Award for his proposal titled "Winter is coming: Improving overwintering survival of honey bee colonies in Pennsylvania.” (2015)
  • Anjel Helms, Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology, received the University's Alumni Association Dissertation Award. The Alumni Association Dissertation Award provides funding and recognition to outstanding full-time doctor of philosophy students. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment. (1/15)
  • Gabe Villar, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, received a USDA-NIFA Graduate Fellowship to support his studies of the chemical ecology of honey bee mating behavior. (11/14)
  • Anthony Vaudo, Ph.D. Candidate in Entomology, was awarded a USDA NIFA Graduate Fellowship for his work on the nutritional ecology of bumble bees. (11/14)
  • Gabe Villar, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, had his NE SARE graduate student research grant, "Development of pheromonal tools for honey bee breeding", funded.
  • Jermaine Hinds, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, had his NE SARE graduate student research grant, "The role of cover crop diversity on key generalist predator attraction and pest suppression," funded.
  • Mitzy Porras, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, awarded the Jose de la Torre Award. This award is given to one graduate student per year enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University whose home address of record is in the Caribbean or Latin America and whose cultural, ethnic, or national background contribute to the diversity of the student body. (5/14)
  • Jermaine Hinds, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, was awarded a Sloan University Center for Exemplary Scholar scholarship.  The award is made through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Penn State Graduate School, and the College of Agricultural Sciences. (5/14)
  • Gabe Villar, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, was selected as a 2014 Sloan Scholar. The awards are from a partnership between the Sloan Foundation, Penn State, Cornell, and Georgia Institute of Technology, which created the Penn State University Center of Exemplary Mentoring. (5/14)
  • Victoria Bolden, undergraduate in Horticulture with a minor in Entomology, is the recipient of the 2014 Dutch Gold Scholarship in Honey Bee Health. (4/14)
  • Alex McMenamin, M.S. candidate in Entomology, was awarded the 2014 Barry Goldwater Scholarship! (3/14)

 

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