The Entomology Graduate Organization (EGO) was started in February 2002 to improve the level of graduate involvement in department affairs and to increase social interaction among students. The organization facilitates communication among graduate students and between faculty and the Department Head. We also organize social and academic events in the department, such as picnics and departmental seminars.
Entomology graduate students at Purdue are encouraged to become actively involved in department activities and strategic planning. Several students serve on departmental committees. EGO has provided a venue for sharing information and a process for offering graduate input on important department issues.
Students in EGO organize social events for students and faculty to promote interaction within the department. We also welcome new students by assigning a current student to show them around. Our goal is to improve the academic and social experience of all graduate students in Purdue Entomology. Working together, we can make this department the best it can be!
Graduate students play a key role in organizing an ongoing Department Seminar Series. This involvement provides opportunities for students to interact with Entomology researchers in many fields from around the globe.
An annual Graduate Student Seminar provides opportunities for students to present their research to faculty and fellow students for practice and feedback. EGO members organize and plan this activity.
Graduate students often present posters and give presentations at national and branch meetings of the Entomology Society of America (ESA) or other professional meetings. EGO provides a network for students to support each other's efforts and make us the best that we can be. This includes a series of professional development workshops we organize each semester, where Entomology faculty and other guests present on topics such as research skills, teaching, grant writing and job-hunting.
Bug-N-Brew is a department wide social event with friends and family included. Graduate students, faculty, and staff get together on the first Friday of every month at a local bar or restaurant. It is a good time for everyone to interact on a personal level outside of the walls of Smith and Whistler Halls. We all eat dinner while sharing jokes and stories until our appetites for both food and drink are met. This event really encourages interaction between everyone and there is always a good time had by all. Restaurants visited: Lafayette Brewing Company, Spurlock's, Cajun Connection, The Other Pub, Hunter's Pub Down Under, Buffalo Wild Wings, Parthenon.
For the past several summers, EGO has organized a camping & collecting trip to the Feldun-Purdue Agriculture Center in southern Indiana. With its rolling hills, wooded trails, and old rock quarries, this location has been a great place for hiking and insect collecting, and the campfires and night collecting trips are a favorite part of the weekend. Professors, grad students, friends, and family have all taken part in this social event.
Each year around the end of June, we all take a float down Sugar Creek, which runs through Turkey Run State Park. The trip is typically 15 miles and covers parts of the creek that are known to have fossils and Indian artifacts along the way, as well as intersecting a few historical covered bridges. This is a nice relaxing canoe trip that takes most of the day. Many faculty and staff also join in the fun. Most of us end up sun burnt and tired, but it is always a good excuse to get out and enjoy the sites of Indiana.
EGO organizes a departmental paintball trip every year that always proves to be a lot of fun. This social event is geared toward everyone in the department. In 2005 we headed to the Paintball Barn in Attica, Indiana. It's the one opportunity you get to shoot at grad students or professors without getting in trouble!
Dr. Ralph Williams and Dr. Rick Foster
Previously, Teaching & Curriculum Chair and Social Chair
I would like to teach entomology at a college or university.
My PhD work is on the succession of carrion insect fauna in rural and urban environments. Blow fly species vary with habitat and some species have preferences for one habitat over another. Some species are synanthropic which means that they are ecologically associated with humans.
I've been interested in insects as far back as I can remember. I'm sure I was trying to catch insects while in my crib.
Nicrophorus americanus, the American Burying Beetle. Because it uses carrion, is big, has parental care and is endangered.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Cross-stitch, reading, crochet, hiking, and video games.
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.
I would like to visit Costa Rica again, as well as to visit Japan and France.