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Manhattan KS 66506-4004

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Mudge Week

Benjamin Franklin Mudge

During the spring semester the K-State Department of Entomology takes time to recognize and remember Benjamin Franklin Mudge. 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.

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2018 Mudge Week Activities and Schedule

 26 Mar
  • 3-minute thesis competitions: MS Students and PhD Students. Guidelines for 3-minute thesisJudging Form. 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Throckmorton Hall. Pizza lunch will be provided. Top Phd and MS students will receive $100 cash award, and 2nd place PhD and MDS students will each receive $75 cash award.

27 Mar

  • Ice Cream Social for Department: 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Waters 126.  

 29 Mar

  • Hopkins Colloquium Speaker: Dr. Reddy Palli (University of Kentucky):
    • Luncheon with students at noon - Waters 126
    • Hopkins Seminar: at 1:00 pm in Union Wildcat Chamber Room
26-30 Mar
  • Daily entomological/departmental trivia. Be the first one to answer correctly in person in the office to get a $5 cash prize on the spot!
31 Mar
  • Potluck Departmental Spring Social and Awards Luncheon at Konza Prairie (starting at 12:00 pm).

    • At the Social we will announce:
      - Scholarship recipients
      - Perry L. Adkisson Three-minute competition winners (MS and PhD)
      - Awards of Excellence for Administrative and Technical Support

  • And as if that weren't enough, the Popenoe Entomology Club will announce:
       - Club MVP (most valuable Popenoe)
       - Faculty of the Year