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Distinguished Alumni Award

This annual award was established in 1998 to honor alumni. The recipient is selected by the Department of Entomology from nominations of alumni to recognize their contributions to entomology. The recipient visits the department, interacts with students and faculty, presents a lecture, and receives a plaque with the designation “Distinguished Alumnus Award”.


Affiliation/Lecture Title
2017Dr. Marlin Rice

Product Biology Technical Manager, Syngenta

"Forty years of entomology: Perspectives from across the spectrum of graduate school, academia, industry and professional society"

Marlin Rice
2016Dr. Kenneth Sorensen

Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University

"Honey bees, Buffalograss webworm and Sweetpotato weevil: Efforts over 50 Years"

Ken Sorensen
2015Dr. Kirby Stafford

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

"Ticks, Inquiries, and Insect Invasions"

Kirby Stafford 
2014Dr. Mustapha El-Bouhssini

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

"Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management Program, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)"

 Mustapha El-Bouhssini
2013Dr. Raul Guedes

Federal University of Viçosa

“Insecticides in insects: Too Much of a Good Thing ....?"

 Raul Guedes
2012    Dr. Terry Mize

FMC Corporation, North America Product Development Manager

"An entomologist's journey in the commercial world:  expectations and realities of choosing a career with a multi-national crop protection corporation"

Terry Mize - Alumni Award
2011Dr. Sue BlodgettIowa State University, Department Chair of Department of EntomologySue Blodgett
2010Dr. Kanayo F. NwanzeInternational Fund for Agricultural Development (UN), PresidentNwanze
2009Dr. Gary BrewerUniversity of Nebraska, Department Head of Department of Entomology 
2007Dr. Robert A. WirtzEntomology Branch of the Centers for Disease Control Bob Wirtz
2006Dr. Dennis Calvin

Pennsylvania State University

"Using high-resolution climatology and weather data for field crop pest management and forensic investigation"

2005Dr. Jeffrey StuartPurdue University 
2004Dr. John Edman  
2003Dr. Aart van Schoonhoven  
2002Dr. Lee Halgren

Colorado State Colleges, Denver

"Bugs, Budgets and Bills - The unintentional and serendipitous journey of an entomologist"

2001Dr. Larry Murdock

Purdue University

"An entomologist’s adventures in Africa: Simple technology for managing the cowpea weevil"

2000Dr. James Webster


"32 years after KSU: Cereal leaf beetles, greenbugs, Russian wheat aphid, and the ARS"

1999Dr. Perry Adkisson

Texas A&M University

"Beyond Kansas State University"

1998Dr. E.A. Heinrichs

University of Nebraska

"World food security. What can entomologists contribute?"



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2007 Recipient - Dr. Bob Wirtz (right), Entomology Branch of the CDC, receives his plaque from Dr. Ludek Zurek, professor of Entomology at Kansas State University.

 Dr. Wirtz (below, right) earned his Ph.D. in the department in 1976 with Dr. Ted Hopkins (below, left) as his advisor.



Dick Beeman (left) presents the 2006 Distinguished Alumni award to Dennis Calvin (right).