The Michigan State University Department of Entomology excels in research, extension and teaching to address the issues confronting the people of Michigan, our nation and the world. MSU’s entomologists look for systemic solutions across disciplines to address critical issues. We offer BS, MS and PhD degrees in entomology and consider graduate student education and postdoctoral experience to be one of our highest priorities. Many of our undergraduates further enrich their studies through working in research labs, volunteering in the Bug House and taking entomology or related study abroad courses. View a photo presentation featuring faculty and their students.
Read about our featured undergraduate student Justin Baker in our Featured Students section.
Our undergraduate students choose a major or minor in Entomology and earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Students learn basic and applied applications of entomology with class work in classification, identification, biology, ecology and management of beneficial and harmful arthropods. Studies explore the role of insects in communities and ecosystems as a vector of disease, a pollinator of food crops, a pest of plants or a beneficial organism. Entomology students have opportunities to work with researchers on projects in laboratories and the field. Internships and study abroad are strongly encouraged.
Read about our featured graduate student Amanda Lorenz in our Featured Students section.
Graduate education is an integral part of the Department’s research, teaching and service. We strive to develop not only skilled entomologists, but also capable scholars. Our students are assisted in selecting courses and research programs that round out their knowledge and bring it to a level where they can work creatively in the field. Graduates are successful in finding careers in research, education, regulation and commercial businesses. Masters and doctoral students may choose an optional dual degree in Entomology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior.
Christina DiFonzo, professor in the Department of Entomology, has played the champion’s role in executing the study abroad program on “Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems in Sri Lanka” annually since 2012. The program was initiated through discussions with officials of the Agriculture Education Unit of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Dr. DiFonzo’s leadership, enthusiasm, innovativeness and dedication allowed the program to run at full capacity successfully for four consecutive years. In-course and post-course evaluations she conducted with the officials of the University of Peradeniya helped the program to evolve for the betterment of the participants. The program was voted one of MSU’s “Top 10 Coolest Study Abroad Programs” by Fox 47 News, which highlights the significance and impact of the program.
DiFonzo is recipient of the 2016 H. Paul Roberts Award for Distinguished Service in Study Abroad Programs.
Entomology undergraduate student Lidia Komondy received a first prize in the environmental section at MSU’s 2016 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) with her entry titled “The Effect of Border Habitats on Predation of a Key Pest.”
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Gordon Guyer on March 30 at age 89.
John Bakker, executive director of the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board, the Michigan Onion Committee, and the Michigan Carrot Committee, will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University during the ANR Week Luncheon on March 8.
Deb McCullough and Ron Perry, both faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be recognized with Distinguished Faculty Awards by the CANR Alumni Association. They will be honored during the ANR Week Luncheon set for March 8 at the Kellogg Center.
Date: May 9, 2016
Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building
Our spring open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free! Great event for kids and parents alike!
Date: May 20, 2016
Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science
This year, the faculty meetings will be held on a new date and time. Meetings are scheduled for the third Friday of the month from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings will take place in the Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science. If a meeting date needs to be changed or cancelled, you will be notified as soon as possible.
Date: November 12, 2016
Location: MSU Pavilion
41st Annual AutumnFest
MSU Pavilion for Agriculture & Livestock Education
3.5 hours before the kickoff of the MSU vs. Rutgers football game.
For more information visit the AutumnFest website at http://www.canr.msu.edu/alumni_donors/alumni/autumnfest
Read about our featured alum Dave Epstein in the Alumni Profiles section.
Our entomology graduates hold positions at leading academic and research institutions, NGOs and industries around the globe. Visit our alumni section to read about their recent accomplishments.