Bug Bytes - News for Purdue Entomology Students

February 22, 2017


Indiana Butterfly Study: Assistance needed!

Andrew Stoehr is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis.  His lab studies the common and invasive cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. He wrote to us:

“We are particularly interested in the phenotypic plasticity of the black wing pattern traits of this butterfly and in how environmental factors, particularly temperature and day length, during larval and pupal development affect these traits. We’ve recently published a paper that described some experimental work conducted in the lab (see link below) but our current focus involves work on wild-caught specimens. We have a very large data set on seasonal wing pattern variation in butterflies collected in central Indiana but we would love to be expand this work to include specimens across a larger latitudinal gradient. The ‘north-south’ orientation of Indiana and the large number of biology/entomology programs at our colleges and universities makes such a state-wide effort perfectly suited to expand the study in this way. 

I am writing to entomologists or other biologists at various Indiana colleges, universities and other organizations to solicit help in this endeavor.  If you, your research students and/or your classroom students (or friends or kids!) would be willing to capture and send me cabbage white butterflies, I would be incredibly grateful!  In addition, these specimens would also become part of an even larger global project on cabbage white butterflies through the Pieris Project (see link below). This project is examining wing pattern variation on a global scale, and also examining the population genetics of cabbage whites to understand invasion history and population structure. 

If you think you and/or your students can help in any way, please let me know and I can send you more information! We would welcome any level of involvement, whether it’s just a few specimens haphazardly captured now and then or a more extensive systematic collection effort. (If you have already received a similar email from my group, my apologies for send this second one.)”

If you are interested in reading his recently published paper, it is available here:


 And here is a link to our global Pieris Project website:



Dates & Deadlines

Quick Look Up Guides for Spring 2017:

Critical dates for invoices, adding, and dropping classes for Spring 2017:

Quick look up Spring 2017

Spring Candidate brochure

If you are a Spring 2017 candidate, take a look at the candidate brochure, which includes important graduation dates and times


News & Events for Undergrads

Ag Ambassadors Needed!

Looks great on a resume! 14 positions available! 


Applications are due: February 27th by 5:00 pm



The Ag Ambassadors are a group of undergraduate students in agriculture who serve as official representatives of the College of Agriculture at public functions hosted by Purdue Admissions, College of Agriculture administration and the Agricultural Alumni Association. The Ambassadors are our College’s lead prospective student recruiters.



    Host and speak to prospective students and their parents and give campus/college tours

    Host and speak to alumni

    Host agriculture industry representatives



To qualify for an Ag Ambassador interview, you must:

    Be a full-time student

    Be enrolled in the College of Agriculture

    Have at least 2 semesters remaining (Fall ‘17 and Spring ‘18)

    Have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale



    The completed application is due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2017

   Apply online: https://ag.purdue.edu/oap/ambassadors/Pages/become.aspx



    Ag Ambassadors serve a one year term. 

    At the end of that term, ambassadors are evaluated on performance

    Ag Ambassadors will be asked to resign if placed on academic probation, fail to participate in events, transfer out of the college of Agriculture, or behave inappropriately



   Attend bi-weekly meetings held on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:00 pm

   Participate in Ag Ambassador activities (average 6-8 per semester)



Tracie Egger, Program Coordinator




FNR Career Fair 2/24/17

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is hosting the 2017 FNR Career Fair on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Pfendler Hall.   Many students may have crossover interests in field biology, ecology, environmental education, natural resources, environmental consulting, urban forestry, or working with animals. Students are invited to keep current with the employer list and career fair details HERE.  

Summer classes at PNW, Register march 9!

Representatives from Purdue Northwest will be visiting the West Lafayette campus on Thursday, March 9 to register students for Summer 2017 classes.


The PNW representatives will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the East Foyer in Stewart Center.  During this event, West Lafayette students can register for summer classes at Purdue Northwest.

Phys 214 offered summer 2017

Physics 214 will be given during the 8 week summer session and can be taken anywhere in the world via the internet. A description is given on the Web site   



and the course Web site (which will be updated with minor changes for 2017) is



Students receive as much help as they need with the main lines of communication being email and SKYPE

Undergraduate Research & Poster Symposium

Sign up for the University’s Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. This event is open to the public and showcases the research of undergraduate students. Applications due March 10.


Students must apply at www.purdue.edu/research/ugrad


More information can be found here.

Summer Stay Scholars

Are you ready to turbocharge your time at Purdue? Through Summer Stay Scholars, you will get ahead on credits, gain real-world experience and receive a scholarship to support it all.


Summer Stay Scholars is an on-campus summer scholarship for undergraduate students that combines summer coursework with an on-campus research/internship experience.


You will receive a scholarship to cover $2,500 of your tuition and fees (that is full tuition/fees for a resident student) for the summer and an on-campus research or internship offer to give you a head start on your career. Also, there are several housing/dining scholarships available for which all applicants will be automatically considered. For more information, visit Summer Stay Scholars



News & Events for Grads

Candidate Deadlines for Graduate Students, Spring 2017

Please reference  list below for important deadlines for Fall 2016 graduate candidates.

·         Saturday, May 7, 2016: Preliminary Exam Deadline (Doctoral Students Only)

·         Friday, March 3, 2017: Final Exam/Deposit Deadline for CAND 99200/99300 Registrants

·         Friday, April 21, 2017: Final Exam Deadline for CAND 99100 Registrants

·         Friday, April 28, 2017: Thesis Deposit Deadline for CAND 99100 Registrants

·         Sunday, May 12-14, 2017: Commencement (6 Divisions)


Students who miss any of the deadlines in red may incur a $200 Late Graduation Deadline Fee if they would like to maintain their candidate status for the spring session. Candidates who request to make updates to an already deposited thesis or dissertation, or who have been listed on the candidate roster for the same degree more than two consecutive sessions, may also incur this fee. Between now and January 13, departments have access to add CAND 99100 (general candidacy) registrations for candidates using the CRN 28641. After Jan. 13, all CAND 99100 registration requests should be emailed to gradweb@purdue.edu. Exam and Degree Only (CAND 99300/99200) registration requests should always be sent to the Graduate School via a Form 23.


These dates, as well as other key 2016-17 deadlines, are available online on the Graduation Deadlines Calendar webpage for your reference.


New Thesis Templates Available

The new thesis templates are live on the Thesis Templates Page: http://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/research/thesis/templates.html

As templates are updates, the newest versions will be uploaded to that webpage, so please check the thesis template page to be sure you are using the most recent version.


Update to Thesis Deposit Procedures

The Thesis/Dissertation office has updated the new Electronic Thesis Acceptance Form so that students will now receive e-mail notifications confirming their successful thesis deposits in lieu of the traditional GS Form 16 (Thesis Deposit Receipt).


In addition to confirming successful deposits, the e-mails will also contain useful information for students relating to a) timely payment of their thesis deposit fees, b) accessing myPurdue to view their approved electronic thesis acceptance forms, and c) how to complete our Thesis Process Survey to provide feedback that will help us improve our student services.


They will continue to accept hard copy thesis forms (e.g., GS Form 9, 32, etc.) until the end of this term (Fall 2016). Students who submit hard copy forms during deposits will continue to receive the traditional GS Form 16 (Thesis Deposit Receipt) via e-mail PDF attachment along with a “cc” to their respective graduate contacts.


Questions? Please feel to contact the Thesis/Dissertation Office for assistance.


Career Services

Entomology Summer Position

The Entomology Department is looking for undergraduate field and lab technicians.  See attached job announcement for details.


Contact Sara Stack at 494-0822 or stack4@purdue.edu if you’re interested!



Scholarships & Awards

ADM AG Services Scholarship

ADM, a world leader in agricultural processing, is awarding $1000 scholarships to select college students entering careers in ag operations. Find out requirements and how to apply here.

Garden Club of America Scholarship

Every year, The Garden Club of America extends an invitation to qualified students at the undergraduate and Post graduate levels to apply for one of their 27 merit based scholarships, fellowships, internships, and awards. The GCA website at www.gcamerica.org/scholarships provides a comprehensive listing of their offerings, application requirements, deadlines, and funding levels, or see the flyer  to learn more about the botanical scholarship offerings.


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