Celebrating excellence with the 2017 Entomology Awards

posted on May 11, 2017 2:58pm

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The MSU Department of Entomology gathered to celebrate with donors and recent award recipients on April 27, 2017.

The events began with a seminar by Jay E. McPherson, the 2017 recipient of the Department’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. McPherson is a professor emeritus and former assistant department chair at Southern Illinois University in the Department of Zoology. During the seminar, he discussed his career experiences and how one small finding could lead to a significant finding.

A reception for the Department followed at the Kellogg Center where endowment donors and recipients met. Congratulations to the following people:

  • Jacquelyn Albert (Wilson lab) - Roger and Barbara Hoopingarner Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Entomology
  • Carina Baskett (Plant Biology) - Scriber Scholars Award in Butterfly Biology and Conservation
  • Julia Brokaw (Isaacs lab) - James Bath Award for outstanding accomplishment, morale and excellence in overall job performance
  • Katherine Demeuse (Kaufman lab) – Bug House Fellow for outstanding assistance in the Bug House
  • Daniel Gibson (Landis lab) - Bug House Fellow for outstanding assistance in the Bug House
  • Adam Ingrao (Szendrei lab) - Hutson Endowment Research Proposal Award, Gordon Guyer Award for outstanding achievement in extension as an Entomology graduate student
  • Lidia Komondy (Szendrei lab) - Hutson Endowment Research Proposal Award
  • Courtney Larson (Benbow lab) - Merritt Endowed Fellowship in Entomology
  • Heather Leach (Isaacs lab) - Paul Wooley Award for outstanding achievement in an Entomology Master’s program
  • Amanda Lorenz (Ording lab) - Robert Dreisbach Award for outstanding achievement in an Entomology Doctoral program, Bug House Fellow for outstanding assistance in the Bug House
  • Margaret Lund (Szendrei lab) - Rhodes (Gene) Thompson Endowed Fellowship, Hutson Endowment Research Proposal Award
  • Andrew Myers (Landis lab) - Hutson Endowment Research Proposal Award
  • Steven Nichols (Cognato lab) - Eugenia McDaniel Award for excellence, dedication and accomplishment as an Entomology graduate student in teaching
  • Rachel Osborn (Cognato lab) - Bug House Fellow for outstanding assistance in the Bug House
  • Kristin Poley (Grieshop lab) - Bug House Fellow for outstanding assistance in the Bug House
  • Joseph Receveur (Benbow lab) - Gordon E. Guyer Endowed Fellowship in Aquatic Entomology
  • Courtney Weatherbee - Bug House Fellow for outstanding assistance in the Bug House

Special thanks to our donors:

  • Gordon and Mary Guyer
  • Roger and Barbara Hoopingarner
  • Ray and Bernice Hutson
  • Larry and Beverly Olsen
  • Richard and Pamela Merritt
  • Mark and Kathleen Scriber

View images of individual winners with donors and more at 2017 Entomology Awards Ceremony photo gallery.

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