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Awards and Scholarships for Graduate Students

Awards and Scholarships for Graduate Students


The following scholarships are available to graduate students in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University. They are listed here by funding source.

DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY

Henry and Sylvia Richardson Research Incentive Grant


The purpose of the award is to encourage research experiences beyond those available in the student’s degree program. A single award will be presented annually. Applications due November 1. More info...

Previous awardees:

  • 1991: Mark Novak
  • 1994: Ellen Kruger
  • 1995: Clint Pilcher
  • 2001: Joel Gibson
  • 2002: Yong-Lak Park and Johnson Ouma
  • 2003: Laura Jesse
  • 2004: Megan O'Rourke
  • 2005: Matt Petersen
  • 2006: Rebecca Brown
  • 2007: Nina Richtman
  • 2008: Gretchen Paluch
  • 2009: Jessica Petersen
  • Dr. Jean L. Laffoon Memorial Scholarship

    Dr. Jean L. Laffoon was an entomology faculty member from 1946 until his untimely death in 1973 at age 50. He was an exemplary professor, undergraduate advisor and mentor who knowledgeably and enthusiastically taught elementary entomology and systematic entomology.

    The Dr. Jean L. Laffoon Memorial Scholarship provides scholarships for one graduate student enrolled in the Department of Entomology per year. Scholarships are for one year, but may be renewed for additional years. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0 is required.

    Applicants should send a cover letter, and a full résumé including academic training with grades. Applications must be submitted as a single pdf file by e-mail by November 1 to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Chair, Department of Entomology Student Awards and Scholarships Committee: bbonning@iastate.edu. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will recommend awardees to the Chair of the Department of Entomology.

    Larry Pedigo Graduate Scholarship in Entomology

    Dr. Larry Pedigo served on the faculty of the Entomology Department for over 30 years. During that time, he achieved a distinguished record in research and successfully mentored many M.S. and Ph.D. students. As a result he brought international recognition to the Department and to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Larry Pedigo Graduate Scholarship in Entomology has been established to honor Dr. Pedigo for his many contributions.

    The Larry Pedigo Graduate Scholarship in Entomology provides scholarships for one graduate student majoring in Entomology per year. Scholarships are for one year, but may be renewed for up to five years. The amount of the scholarship is $1,500. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of scholarly performance. Evidence of scholarly performance may include but is not limited to: participation in academic, scholarly, or professional organizations; elections to honor societies; or receipt of academic awards or honors.

    Applicants should send a cover letter highlighting scholarly performance, and a résumé including academic training with grades / scores, evidence of scholarly performance, and details of entomology-related activities. Applications must be submitted as a single pdf file by e-mail by November 1 to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Chair, Department of Entomology Student Awards and Scholarships Committee: bbonning@iastate.edu. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will recommend awardees to the Chair of the Department of Entomology.

    Previous awardees:

    • Missy Rynerson, 2010
    • Mike McCarville, 2011
    • Mike McCarville, 2012

    Jim Oleson Scholarship in Entomology

    Jim Oleson had a long and outstanding career working for the Department of Entomology and saw firsthand the skill, commitment and success of students who applied themselves to the field. The Jim Oleson Scholarship in Entomology provides scholarships for one undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Insect Science or Entomology per year. Scholarships are for one year, but may be renewed for additional years. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic promise and initiative and hence a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required.

    Applicants should send a cover letter describing their entomology-related experience, and a résumé including details of academic training with grades / scores, activities, and work experience. Applicants should also arrange to have a letter of support highlighting examples of student initiative sent by the deadline. For graduate students this letter should be provided by their faculty advisor; for undergraduate students, this letter can be provided by a member of the faculty or staff. Applications (a single pdf file) must be submitted by e-mail by November 1 to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Chair, Department of Entomology Student Awards and Scholarships Committee: bbonning@iastate.edu. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will recommend awardees to the Chair of the Department of Entomology.

    Previous awardees:

    • Mike McCarville, 2010
    • Kelly Gill, 2011
    • Jing Sun, 2012

    Herbert Osborn Award

    The purpose of the Herbert Osborn Awards is to recognize and encourage development of professional skills by graduate students in the Department of Entomology. Awards are available on an annual basis for one MS and one PhD Student. Each recipient will receive $100 and be named on the Herbert Osborn Award Plaque. Applications due November 1. The purpose of the Herbert Osborn Awards is to recognize and encourage development of professional skills by graduate students in the Department of Entomology. The last Osborn awards were presented in December 2008. This award has now been replaced by the Entomology Student Scholarship for Student Excellence.

    Previous awardees:

    Year Ph.D. M.S.
    1996 Kris Giles Carol Pilcher
    1998 Clint Pilcher Rayda Krell
    1999 Timothy Nowatski David Coyle
    2000 Chris Peterson Amy Wiebe
    2001 Wilmar Morjan Joel Gibson
    2002 Rayda Krell Susan Moser
    2003 Patti Anderson Emily-Jean Fuerst
    2004 Betsy Matos Kate Kronback
    2005 Jeff Bradshaw Gretchen Schultz
    2006 Matt Petersen Nick Schmidt
    2007 Keri Henderson (no MS award)
    2008 Gretchen Paluch Nina Schmidt

    Entomology Student Scholarship for Student Excellence

    The Entomology Student Scholarship for Student Excellence, which is funded by the Fred Clute Memorial Fund, provides a scholarship of $1,500 for one undergraduate or graduate student per year, with preference for students working in Structural Pest Management. Selection at the undergraduate level is based on academic excellence, and at the graduate level on excellence in research, teaching and / or extension.

    Fred N. Clute (1932 – 2002) worked for Evans Orchard Supply Company in Kansas City before joining Rhodes Chemical Company in 1966. He spent most of his 36 years with Rhodes educating, training, providing customer service and support, and solving problems. His greatest satisfaction was in sharing his experience, knowledge and wisdom with others. Fred received many awards from the state pest control associations throughout the Midwest, and attended the Purdue Pest Control Conference no fewer than eighteen times.

    Eligibility: Students majoring in the Department of Entomology may apply during the year of their graduation (prior to graduation), or the year before expected graduation. A student may only receive the award once.

    Applications from undergraduate students should include

    1. A nomination letter from a faculty member within the Department of Entomology
    2. Curriculum vitae including GPA (which should be 3.0 or higher)

    Applications from graduate students should include

    1. Curriculum vitae
    2. A description of activities contributing to student excellence in research, teaching, or extension (one page maximum).
    3. Supplementary material in support of the application. For example, published or in press research articles (research category), examples of teaching materials, student evaluations (teaching category), or extension publications (extension category).
    4. A letter from the student’s major professor in support of the application including expected graduation date, and appraisal of student activities in the specified area. The major professor should specifically address the productivity of the student and the impact of the activity.

    Applications (a single pdf file) should be sent to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Chair, Student Awards and Scholarships Committee, by e-mail bbonning@iastate.edu. Applications must be received by November 1. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will recommend awardees to the department Chair. The awardee will be announced at the Entomology Department Holiday Party in December.

    Previous awardees:

    • 2008: Nick Schmidt
    • 2009: Missy Rynerson
    • 2010: Mike McCarville
    • 2011: Kelly Gill

    Wayne A. Rowley Scholarship

    The Wayne A Rowley Scholarship in Entomology provides scholarships of $750 for one undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Entomology per year. The scholarships are open to students with Sophomore or higher class standing. Scholarships are for one year, but may be renewed for up to three additional years. First preference shall be to applicants concentrating on medical entomology. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will recommend awardees to the Chair of the Department of Entomology.

    Applicants should send a cover letter describing their career goals, and a résumé including information on academic training (including GPA, ACT/SAT score), activities and leadership information, and work experience. Applications must be submitted by mail or e-mail (preferred) by November 1 to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, 401 Science II, Ames, IA 50011-3222; E-mail: bbonning@iastate.edu.

    Previous awardees:

    • 2006: Brendan Dunphy
    • 2007: Jon Oliver
    • 2008: Gretchen Paluch
    • 2009: Jon Oliver
    • 2010: Patrick Jennings
    • 2011: Adam Varenhorst
    • 2012: Jeff Alfred

    Entomology Alumni Scholarship

    The Entomology Alumni Scholarship provides scholarships of $1,500 for one undergraduate or one graduate student enrolled in a current major in the Department of Entomology per year. Selection is based on scholarship, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, work and community experience, and on promise for a career in Entomology. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will select awardees.

    Applicants should send a cover letter describing their career goals, and a résumé including information on academic training (including GPA, ACT/SAT score), activities and leadership information, and work experience.
    Applications (a single pdf file) must be submitted by e-mail by November 1 to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, 418 Science II, Ames, IA 50011-3222; E-mail: bbonning@iastate.edu.

    Previous awardees:

    • 2005 Harold Stockdale Awards: Daniel Forbes and Aaron Heit
    • 2007 Harold Stockdale Memorial Scholarships: Brendan Dunphy and Kelly Seman
    • 2008 Entomology Alumni Scholarship: Kayalyn Edmeade
    • 2009 Entomology Alumni Scholarship: Grace Sward
    • 2011 Entomology Alumni Scholarship: Mike McCarville
    • 2012 Entomology Alumni Scholarship: Mike Rausch

    ISU GRADUATE COLLEGE

    Research Excellence Award


    The purpose of these awards is to recognize graduate students for outstanding research accomplishments as documented in resulting theses and dissertations. Entomology is entitled to one award every 2 years. Awards are offered each semester. Nominations are due to Vice Provost for Research Office in April, July, and November. Nominations are due to the Chair, Entomology Student Awards and Scholarships Committee, 2 weeks in advance of these deadlines. Students are required to submit a brief description of their research (no more than one page), and copies of papers that have been published or accepted for publication. More info...

    Previous awardees:

    • 2001: Anthony Boughton
    • 2001: Brad Coates
    • 2002: Rayda Krell
    • 2004: Matt Cummings
    • 2005: Gretchen Schultz
    • 2008: Miriam Lopez
    • 2010: Missy Rynerson
    • 2011: Mike McCarville

    Teaching Excellence Award

    The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement by graduate students in teaching. Entomology is entitled to an average of one award every 2 years. Deadlines as for Research Excellence Award.

    Nominees selected by the Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will be forwarded to the Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies. Applications should be submitted to the Chair, Entomology Student Awards and Scholarships Committee. To facilitate identification of the top 10% of our graduate student teaching assistants, departmental deadlines for receipt of nominations occur on an 18-month cycle. The next deadline for receipt of nominations will be March 16, 2012. More info... Applications should include:

    1. A nomination letter from the faculty member most closely associated with the student’s teaching experience. The letter should include a percentile ranking and the number of TAs the faculty member has dealt with, an assessment of the difficulty of the assignment, and the student’s role in course development or improvement.
    2. A summary of the student’s teaching accomplishments and impact (1 page max)
    3. Student evaluations of the TA
    4. Any other supporting materials that may assist the committee in the review process.

    Previous awardees:

    • 2000: Laura Weiser
    • 2001: Wilmar Morjan
    • 2001: Rayda Krell
    • 2002: Jeremy Heath
    • 2004: Patricia Anderson
    • 2007: Nina Schmidt
    • 2008: Rebecca Sam
    • 2008: Nick Schmidt

    Minigrants for Travel and Research


    Professional Advancement Grants are available to graduate students for travel to professional meetings and for research "on the side," that is, to explore an area of study not included in a student's thesis or dissertation. More info...

    IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

    Details of other scholarships can be found via the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences site and via the Office of the Vice President for Research.

    Zaffarano Award for Graduate Student Research

    A check for $1,000 is awarded annually to a graduate student with superior performance in publishable research. Consideration is given to both the number and the quality of publications accepted during the student's tenure at Iowa State University. For more information, contact the chair of the student awards and scholarships committee. More info...

    Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Behavioral Sciences

    Recipients receive $500 and a plaque. The application should include a dissertation accepted by the graduate college during the previous year. The dissertation should represent original work making an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. For more information, contact the chair of the student awards and scholarships committee. More info...

    George Washington Carver Fellowship


    This fellowship is given to minority graduate students based on research and academic achievement. The fellowship provides full tuition and an increase in stipend paid by the Graduate College. More info...

    ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, NORTH CENTRAL BRANCH

    North Central Branch Graduate Scholarship Award


    An award of $500 is given in recognition of graduate student members of NCB ESA for course work and research culminating in scholarship. Three letters of recommendation from faculty are required. More info...

    J. H. Comstock Award


    Awarded to five graduate students each year to promote interest in Entomology. Winner from each branch receives certificate, cash prize ($100) and all-expenses paid trip to National ESA meeting. Letters of recommendation from three ESA members are required.
    More info...

    More information can be found on the ESA-NCB website.

    2008 North Central Branch Comstock Award: Jeff Bradshaw

    ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, NATIONAL

    Snodgrass Memorial Research Award

    The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding research by graduate students who have completed investigations in selected areas of entomology. Since Snodgrass was a leader in insect morphology, the award recipient must have completed his/her research thesis or dissertation in related fields of entomology. The amount of the award will vary each year depending on income received from the fund. Applications due July 1.
    More info...

    Jeffery P. Lafage Graduate Student Research Award


    To encourage research by graduate students on termites or other urban insect pests. Plaque and research grant of $2,000. Applications due July 1.
    More info...

    Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Research Award


    Plaque and research grant of $500 - $750. To encourage graduate student research in the field of plant resistance to insects. Applications due July 1.
    More info...

    Lillian and Alex Feir Graduate Student Travel Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology

    Award of $1,000 maximum to attend ESA national meeting or International Congress of Entomology. Applications due July 1.
    More info...

    Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology


    Award is to recognize Masters students for outstanding research and leadership skills. $2,000 and a trip to Dow AgroSciences Corporate Headquarters in Indianapolis. Final year Masters or first year Ph.D. students eligible to apply. Applications due July 1.
    More info...

    Stanley Beck Fellowship


    Annual fellowship of $4,000 to assist needy students at graduate and undergraduate level. Need may be based on physical limitations, or economic, minority or environmental conditions. Applications due September 1.
    More info...

    Pioneer Hi-Bred International Graduate Student Fellowship

    Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a DuPont Company) sponsors a graduate student fellowship on the basis of recognizing and encouraging innovative research and graduate education in the area of entomology with a focus on key insects or complexes of insects that effect corn, soybeans, canola, alfalfa, or other significant commodity crops.
    More info...

    Previous awardees from the Iowa State University Department of Entomology:
    2008: Kevin Johnson