Students & Programs - Overview
One major goal of the department is to provide students with opportunities for basic and practical experience in research, teaching and extension in Entomology. We offer broad training in basic and applied Entomology, and through our excellent Permanent, Ancillary, and Adjunct Faculty we can provide students with exposure to a wide range of current practices and thinking. Students are challenged and encouraged to think critically, explore ideas, and develop those ideas into testable questions. We want to develop the next generation of science leaders in the field, and are looking for the best and brightest to address the many significant questions for which Entomology holds keys to solutions - feeding and clothing a growing global population; overcoming devastating diseases of plants and animals vectored by arthropods; understanding key cellular and genetic processes that control disease development, aging, neurobiology, and so on.
Faculty and students in our department produce valuable and significant research that is published in many of the leading scientific journals in the world. The department encourages participation of students in professional activities by offering student travel and research awards that allow students to enhance and to present their research at professional meetings, network, and participate in society activities and governance.
Each year the students sponsor a seminar speaker, selecting someone distinguished in their field of work. In 2016, it was Renata Bolognesi, the Insect Control Platform Lead at Monsanto, who is conducting fascinating research into the use of RNAi technology for the management of crop pests, with a special emphasis on applications in genetically engineered crops..