Entomology Graduate Student Organization


The Entomology Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) is a graduate student-run organization within the department of Entomology at Iowa State University. It exists to assist Entomology graduate students by:

  1. formally voicing the interests and concerns of the graduate students in the Department of Entomology,
  2. promoting the professional development and educational enhancement of graduate students in the aforementioned department through formal and informal seminars, meetings, discussions, and dissemination of literature
  3. serving as a peer group source of information for the incoming and currently enrolled graduate students with respect to academic and non-academic requirements, and
  4. providing social events for graduate students, their families and friends for interaction, relaxation and fun.

Incoming students are provided with a mentor to assist with the transition to graduate school.


Graduating Students

Caleb Corona

Mitchell Helton

My research has been on a new soybean pest, soybean gall midge. I have worked on several collaborative projects focusing on the biology and management of this emergent pest. I have also been developing a model to express the relationship between yield loss and injury severity caused by soybean gall midge. After graduation I will be starting as the Operations Lead for Ag Ingenuity Partners in Illinois.

Jacob Johnson

I began working in Dr. Joel Coat's lab during my freshman year, the start of a 6-year journey that ends with the completion of my MS in toxicology. I am very thankful for the personal and professional growth I have experienced, as well as the friends I have made along the way. My master's research focuses on how natural products and biorational insecticides interact with the insect nervous system, specifically acetylcholinesterase enzymes and the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. After graduation, I will pursue a PhD in immunology focused on human health and disease.

Ivair Valmorbida

Colin Wong

Colin has been researching the development of new natural pesticides to make pest control safer for humans and the environment. He hopes to go on to be a fabulous scientist putting his research to use promoting naturals at one of the players in the pesticide industry.


Current Officers

President: Jacob Johnson

Vice-president : Ivair Valmorbida

Secretary : Abigail Kropf

Treasurer : Courtney Huerter

Graduate Student Senator Maura Hall

The faculty adviser is Dr. Erin Hodgson


Recent News

  • EGSO has taken over the Seminar Series! If you would like to join the committee, please reach out to Jacob Johnson (jacob14@iastate.edu).
  • Entomology Graduate Students attended the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America in St. Louis. Congratulations the following students who received either first or second place in their sections. 
    • Ashley Dean
    • Maura Hall
    • Abigail Kropf
    • John McCulloch
    • Caroline Murray
    • Ashley St. Clair
    • Colin Wong