Graduate studies

Graduate students around a tableDepartment overview

The MSU Department of Entomology is a vibrant and internationally-recognized unit committed to interdisciplinary research, teaching and extension at local, regional, national and international scales. The Department includes approximately 30 faculty, 40 graduate students and 30 undergraduate majors and minors, with diverse interests spanning the spectrum from fundamental to applied studies. View a list of our professors and click on a professor’s name to learn about his or her research program.

Our programs encompass basic and applied research on insects and related invertebrates in three main focus areas:

  • Food, fuel, fiber
  • Human and veterinary health
  • Natural resources and biodiversity

These themes are applied across diverse systems including annual and perennial crops, forests, aquatic environments and various international settings. As part of a pioneer land grant university, the Entomology Department also has a foundational commitment to extension and translational entomological science.

Faculty and students in the Department have strong ties to the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior program, the NSF-funded BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Kellogg Biological Station Long Term Ecological Research Program, Center for Microbial Ecology and other interdisciplinary programs across campus. We also have access to multiple research stations around the state, including the Trevor Nichols Research Center and Clarksville Research Center that are managed by Entomology faculty and house numerous pest management research projects. Farms on the East Lansing campus provide excellent land and facility resources for fieldwork in multiple cropping systems and natural areas, and extensive campus greenhouse and environmental chamber facilities provide close access to places for research in controlled environments.

The Department of Entomology also connects to state-of-the-art services for high impact research through facilities such as genomics, bioinformatics, flow cytometry, IVIS imaging and others through the Research Technology Support Facility

Weekly departmental seminars bring students and faculty together. See the spring 2016 seminar series.

Learn more

Follow the links in the Graduate studies section of our website’s navigational bar to learn more about furthering your studies with MSU Entomology. The first step is to identify a major professor. A useful resource will be the student handbook, Guide to Graduate Study.

Excited to join us at MSU?

The Department holds a recruiting event for potential graduate students in the fall, before the application deadline. Space is limited and attendance is by invitation only. In order to attend the recruiting event, students must have identified a potential advisor from among the Entomology faculty. If you are interested in MSU and would like the opportunity to visit the department, our beautiful campus and to experience East Lansing, please contact our graduate program secretary, Heather Lenartson-Kluge, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).