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.

Department Involvement

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.

Social Activities

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!

Academic Activities

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.

Officers and Committee Chairs

Faith Weeks

Graduate Committee Chair
Teaching & Curriculum Chair

Mahsa Fardisi

Vice President
Advisory Chair

Tim Luttermoser


Brittany Peterson

Journal Club Chair

Gabriel Hughes

Linnaean Team Chair
Symposium Chair

Morgan Lucke

PGSG Chair

Elizabeth Rowen

Intramural Captain

Gladys Andino

Seminar Chair

Dan Martin

Social Media Chair
Social Chair

Adam Salyer

Welcoming Chair



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!

Halloween Party
Winter Gala (80's Night)
Rock Climbing

Graduate Spotlight

Morgan Lucke

March 2014


Christian Krupke

Expected Graduation

December 2014

EGO Officer Position

PGSG Chair

Originally From

I hate this question. I have moved a lot; 16 cities in 12 states in 3 countries. I was born in WA but don’t remember it, I graduated high school in Australia, the longest place I lived was MI for college (but I left during summer and winter breaks), the longest place I continuously lived was Germany, and my parents now live in CO (where my driver’s license is from), and I currently live in IN. Your choice.

Future Career Plans

I know I want to be involved in education and research but I don’t know exactly what that will look like.

Area of Research

Field Crops.

Summary of Research

When most people think of pollinators, they think of only honeybees. However, I am interested in native bees that are generally smaller than honeybees and are primarily solitary. My project consists of two parts: First, I am interested in which bees, and pollinators in general, are located in agriculture fields, including cover crops, corn, and alfalfa. The second part of my project focuses on the influence of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticide, on select groups of bees during corn planting.

How You Got Into Entomology

Growing up, I hated insects, I wanted nothing to do with them. As an undergrad at Michigan State University, I was forced to take entomology in order to graduate (I was almost in tears I didn’t want to take it). Two weeks into the course and I knew I wanted to be involved with entomology for the rest of my life.

Favorite Insect and Why

My favorite insect is a clear-winged hawk moth. If you have seen one, you would understand why.


A few things I enjoy: growing, cooking, and eating food, my cat Syriaca, being outside, and being social.

Favorite Cookie Flavor

I like all cookies unless they contain coffee. I despise coffee.

Favorite Movie

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Favorite Book

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Place I Would LIke to Visit in the Future

Israel, Chile, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Iceland, India, Egypt, Alaska, Antarctica … really any place I haven’t been already except Costa Rica and Australia. I would go back to either place in a heartbeat.

Graduate Spotlight Archive

Adam Salyer

February 2014

Gabriel Hughes

January 2014

Serena Gross

December 2013

Aaron J. Myers

November 2013

Elizabeth Rowen

October 2013