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Department of Entomology

Department of Entomology
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1603 Old Claflin Place
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4004

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Scholarships and Student Awards in Entomology


The departmental Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the following scholarships are available to Graduate Students in the Department of Entomology at KSU. The Awards Committee will evaluate the applications and select the award winners in each category. Students are encouraged to apply for the awards for which they are best qualified, and tailor their applications to the specific criteria. Award winners will be required to write a letter expressing appreciation to the sponsor, and submit a copy to the department before the award confirmation is forwarded to the Student Financial Assistance Office. 


  • Students who are properly registered in the KSU Entomology program for Spring 2022, scholarships will be awarded by May. Students graduating in the semester when applications are due are not eliglbe for awards, since these funds are not available to students until the start of the fall semester.
  • In all cases except the Pankaskie Scholarship, students who received an award previously cannot apply for that same award, but may apply for a different award in the current year.
  • Applicants may apply for up to two awards in one year if they so choose; however, the committee will strive to distribute the awards among as many qualified students as possible.

Acceptance of an application:

  • Specific application requirements are outlined on the respective scholarship pages
  • Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file of less than 5 MB
  • Applications and supporting materials should be submitted electronically by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 25, 2022, to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Dr. Brian Spiesman (bspiesman@ksu.edu)

Summary of Scholarship Priorities (these are subject to change based on availability):

AwardCategoryAward Range $
Lambley Family Scholarship in EntomologyOutstanding graduate student in Entomology of either MS or PhD$800-1,600
Roger C. Smith for PhDSignificant accomplishment of the student near the completion of PhD program$500-1,600
Roger C. Smith for MSSignificant accomplishment of the student near completion of MS program$500-1,600

O.W. Spide Morris for MS

Outstanding student within the first year of their Master's program$400-800
R.H. Painter for PhDOutstanding student within first three semesters of their doctoral program$200-1,000
Floyd Holmes for MS or PhDOutstanding student who is focused on applied research to address practical problems$1,500-7,000
Fred Clute for MS or PhDOutstanding student with a specific interest or research project in IPM$1,000-3,000
Joe Pankaskie for MS or PhDOutstanding student at MS or PhD level; renewable. Available only to citizens of the United States$800-3,000
John C. and Mary Beth Reese Scholarship for MS or PhDOutstanding graduate student in Entomology of either MS or PhD1-2 @ $500
Schendel-Mages Entomological ScholarshipOutstanding Undergraduate Minor or graduate student in Entomology.  Must be a resident of Kansas or Missouri and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required$400-1,000
Sonny and Gita Ramaswamy Scholarship for MS or PhDOutstanding student with strong scholarship (evidenced by grades and professional productivity) and exceptional service to the department, campus, community, and/or profession$200-1,000

Student Awards

Perry L. Adkisson Three-Minute Thesis Awards

These awards are presented to the top two performers in the MS and PhD categories of the Department of Entomology's Three-Minute Thesis Competition, held each spring during Mudge Week. The awards are named in honor of distinguished K-State Entomology alum Dr. Perry L. Adkisson. You can see last year's winners here, and can learn more about Dr. Adkisson and the Three-Minute Thesis competition here.


Graduate Student Mini-Grants

Funding of $500 per grant (one each for MS and PhD students annually) will be used to support the thesis or dissertation research projects. The funds may be used to purchase necessary supplies, or to support travel for data collection or training workshops relevant to the student’s research program. Students may receive one mini-grant during their academic tenure in the department. Students must have completed at least one semester in their graduate program to be eligible for consideration. Contact current Chair of Academic Affairs Committee for more information (link is password protected). Applications are typically due November 1 of each calendar year (funds pending) and applicants are notified one month post application.



Perry L. Adkisson Three-Minute Thesis Awards

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Graduate Support Available


The Department of Entomology at Kansas State University is always on the lookout for graduate students to undertake thesis or dissertation research in one of the top graduate entomology programs in the United States. GRAs are typically about $25,000, depending on credentials, and may include partial or complete tuition waiver or compensation. Contact entomology@ksu.edu or 785-532-6154.