Funding opportunities

Students in EcuadorCurrent students are invited to pursue these opportunities for funding various aspects of their studies with MSU Entomology.

Travel and research support

Graduate students have access to several special funding resources and continual travel support from our endowment funds. Each year we help support travel to a professional meeting for all students. We also help support international travel once in the degree program. We have research grants for both M.S. and Ph.D. students, and we support other special initiatives, such as student-selected guest lecturers and specialty courses with distinguished guest speakers from other institutions.

The Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program offers a second (joint) Ph.D. degree with Entomology and other departments. Students are urged to consider this excellent option. In addition to department resources, the EEBB Program also funds summer research up to $1,000 and partial annual travel support to professional meetings.

Teaching assistantships

A limited number of teaching assistantships (TA) are potentially available for faculty to support graduate students to teach in MSU’s Integrative Studies in General Science (ISB) program, teaching science to non-science majors. This is an excellent way to build your teaching portfolio and gain real-world experience in the classroom, and the TA typically lasts for two years, providing repeated student evaluation and feedback on our teaching. The Graduate School also has a Certification in College Teaching program that can provide excellent training if teaching is part of your career goals.

Endowed fellowships

Fellowship funding opportunities are available at the university level. For details, please visit the Graduate School funding page and the MSU Financial Aid website.

External fellowships include:

The Department of Entomology has student fellowships supported by endowments from generous donors to our department. These fellowships are only available to current students in our department. 

Gordon E. Guyer Fellowship in Aquatic Entomology

This fellowship was established by Gordon E. Guyer, a former faculty member and Chairperson of the Department of Entomology, as well as a former president of Michigan State University. This fellowship helps support a graduate student in the Department of Entomology whose graduate program is focused on Aquatic Entomology.

Eligibility:

  • MSU Entomology graduate students studying aquatic entomology.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Required application materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendations; one must be from a major professor.

Mark and Kathleen “Scriber Scholar Award in Butterfly Biology and Conservation”

This award was established by Mark and Kathleen Scriber to foster continued research and/or public science education outreach in butterfly biology and conservation. Awards will normally be effective for summer or fall semester following selection. Awardees must be enrolled the semester in which they receive the award. 

Eligibility:

  • MSU graduate or undergraduate students in Entomology, Integrative Biology, or EEEB.
  • Focus on research and public science education outreach in butterfly biology and conservation.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Required application materials:

Merritt Endowed Fellowship in Entomology

This fellowship was established by Richard Merritt, a former faculty member and Chairperson of the Department of Entomology, and his wife, Pam, an MSU alumni. This fellowship helps support a graduate student in the Department of Entomology whose graduate program is focused on aquatic, medical or forensic entomology.

Eligibility:

  • MSU Entomology graduate student studying aquatic, medical or forensic entomology
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Required application materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be from a major professor

Ray and Bernice Hutson Memorial Entomology Endowment Fund Research Proposal

Eligibility:

  • MSU Entomology graduate and undergraduate students
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Required application materials:

Ray and Bernice Hutson Memorial Entomology Endowment Fund Travel Proposal

Eligibility:

  • MSU Entomology undergraduate and graduate students
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • One request per academic year for domestic travel
  • One request during degree program for international travel 

Required application materials:

  • Letter to chairperson at least 30 days in advance of the travel, including the name of the professional meeting, location, total cost and benefit of attending.

Travel awards can be requested at any time during the academic year.

Rhodes (Gene) Thompson Memorial Fellowship

Gene Thompson, a former Acting Division Director for the Michigan Department of Agriculture, died in July 1997. In his memory, Sigurd and Sheila Nelson, close friends who knew Gene from his student days, have established a recruiting fellowship in support of an entomology student in applied entomology (which covers pretty much everything entomologists do).

Eligibility:

  • New or current MSU Entomology graduate student studying applied entomology.
  • Outstanding academic record.

Required application materials:

  • Statement describing research project
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation

Roger and Barbara Hoopingarner Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Entomology

This fellowship was established by Roger Hoopingarner, a faculty member of the Department for 38 years who retired in 1997. The fellowship helps support a student enrolled in the area of apiculture or honey bee science.

Eligibility:

  • MSU Entomology graduate students enrolled in the area of apiculture, honey bee science or pollination.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Required application materials:

  • Must be nominated by major professor and one additional letter of support.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement