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Mudge Week - 2013

Benjamin Franklin Mudge

April 1-6 2013 we celebrated our First Annual Mudge Week. Benjamin Franklin Mudge (right) was one of the first faculty to teach at what was then the Kansas State Agricultural College, later Kansas State University, starting in 1865. He taught the first entomology course at Kansas State ("Insects Injurious to Vegetation"), and it was also the first economic entomology course taught anywhere in the United States. He also taught courses in astronomy, physics, meteorology, botany, zoology, physiology, mineralogy, geology, physical geography, agricultural chemistry, among others. He was beloved by students, so it is entirely appropriate that we have a week of student-centered activities named in his honor. To learn more about this remarkable man, read this memorial written two years after his death in 1879.

 

Scholarship and Three-minute Thesis Winners for 2013

MS Scholarships

Smith MS scholarship 2013Roger C. Smith MS Scholarship was presented to Lina Aguirre-Rojas (left), who works with Dr. Mike Smith. The award was presented by Dr. Brenda Oppert (right) who served as the Chair of the Awards Committee.

 

 

Ximena Cibils StewartO.W. Spide Morris Scholarship was presented to Ximena Cibils Stewart, who works with Dr. Brian McCornack.

 

 

 

 

 

 PhD Scholarships

Hong Geun KimRoger C. Smith PhD Scholarship was presented to Hong Geun Kim, who works with Dr. Yoonseong Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Donghun KimReginald H. Painter Scholarship was presented to Donghun Kim (left), who works with Dr. Yoonseong Park. The award was presented by Dr. Brenda Oppert (right) who served as the Chair of the Awards Committee.

 

 

 Alysha SoperFred Clute Scholarship was presented to Alysha Soper (left), who works with Dr. Jeff Whitworth. The award was presented by Dr. Brenda Oppert (right) who served as the Chair of the Awards Committee.

 

 

MaricelaFloyd Holmes Scholarship was presented to Maricela Robles-Murguia (left), who works with Dr. Marcelo Ramalho-Ortigao. The award was presented by Dr. Brenda Oppert (right) who served as the Chair of the Awards Committee.

 

 

Shelly WiggamJoe Pankaskie Scholarship was presented to Shelly Wiggam-Ricketts (left), who works with Drs. Greg Zolnerowich and Brian McCornack. The award was presented by Dr. Brenda Oppert (right) who served as the Chair of the Awards Committee.

 

 

 

 Three-minute Thesis Competition

3MT winners 2013

The winners of the first inaugural Three-Minute Thesis Competition were Ximena Cibils Stewart (1st Place, MS; left image), Jessica Kivett (2nd Place, MS; 2nd image from left), Shelly Wiggam-Ricketts (1st Place, PhD; third image from left), and Josh Urban (2nd Place, PhD; right image). The awards were presented by Dr. Tom Phillips, of the Graduate Affairs Committee.

 

Mudge Week Activities and Schedule (from 2013 event)

29 March

  • Mudge Week Photo Scavenger Hunt - Every participating team or individual was required to submit a set of 15 images as described here, and the rules and submission instructions can be found here: Scavenger Hunt Rules.

1 April

  • Dr. Michael Strand seminar (4-5pm; Waters 328; Dr Strand website:) - Hopkins Colloquium Speaker: Polydnaviruses as Symbionts and Nature’s Genetic Engineers
  • After the seminar: Popenoe Club Officers had dinner with Dr. Strand (where: Little Apple Brewery)
2 April
  • Students met with Dr. Michael Strand
  • Students: pizza lunch with Dr. Strand in Waters 129
3 April
5 April
  • Linnaean team practice (4-5pm) with Faculty All-Stars facing off against the students. The students triumphed 3 games to none. Where: Waters 124A. 5:00pm
  • Club sponsored pizza dinner and Insect Movie Night, 6:00 pm. Where: Waters 129.
6 April
  • Potluck Departmental Spring Social and Awards Luncheon at International Grains Program Building.

> At the Social:

-Scholarship recipients were announced

-Three-minute competition winners (MS and PhD) were announced

> And as if that weren't enough, the Popenoe Entomology Club announced:

- The winner of the T-shirt design competition

- Club MVP (most valuable Popenoe)

- Winners of the photographic scavenger hunt

- Best Faculty of the Year