Bug Bytes - News for Purdue Entomology Students

March 16, 2016

*** Important Notice ***

Spring 2016 Undergraduate Candidates!

Spring 2016 Candidates should fill out their first destination survey as soon as possible! This confidential survey helps the college recruit future students.


The survey is available at: https://www.cco.purdue.edu/asp/aspnet/GradSurvey/

News & Events for Undergrads

Academic success workshops

The Academic Success Center’s workshop series has been finalized the schedule and more information can be found on this flyer.

Creating & Presenting an Effective Poster

A poster presentation workshop will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 6:00- 7:30 pm in Pfendler Hall, room 241 (Dean’s Auditorium) for all undergraduate students. If you have or will soon be completing your undergraduate research project, this workshop with Dr. Karen Plaut and senior Bethany Weldon is a must attend event! Pizza and drinks provided!


 Summer Research opportunities for undergrads

·         Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute (MASI): This program is designed to expose undergraduate students to the wide-ranging field of plant sciences and STEM fields.  Applications are due April 1, 2016 and can be found on the website at https://ag.purdue.edu/oap/MASI/Pages/default.aspx.

·         Purdue Ag Center Experience (PACE): PACE is designed to expose undergraduate students who have little to no farm experience to applied research at one of the eight Purdue Agriculture Centers (PACs). Undergrads work with faculty research mentors at one or multiple PACs over the summer.  Apply online at https://ag.purdue.edu/oap/PACE/Pages/default.aspx.

·         Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) – For sophomores and juniors, this paid research experience at Purdue is from May 23 – August 5.  Apply online at www.purdue.edu/surf.

Undergraduate Employment

Summer Lab Technicians needed

The Ginzel lab is seeking to hire two enthusiastic undergraduate technicians to assist with research this summer. Current projects in the lab focus on the host location and mating behavior of beetles affecting hardwoods, including native and invasive bark beetles and the emerald ash borer.  Tasks will include a combination of lab duties and field work in forests, with the possibility of some travel. Applicants should be highly motivated and accustomed to working outside - experience with field work and basic biology are encouraged but not required. Please contact Bridget Blood (bblood@purdue.edu 765.494.6313) for more information and to schedule an interview.

Curiatorial Assistant Needed

Dr. Zaspel  and Dr. Nearns are looking for undergraduate students to assist in a new project. More information can be found here.


News & Events for Grads

electronic Exam forms

Prelim and final examinations must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance with the graduate school via the plan of study website found on MyPurdue. If the final exam is not scheduled, you cannot graduate. This is in addition to scheduling the exam with Dr. Yaninek. Please see the applicable checklist at  https://ag.purdue.edu/entm/Pages/grad-forms.aspx for more information. 

 Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Graduate School is hosting its annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition April 6th. Cash prizes will be awarded to graduate students who are the Winner, Runner-up, and the People’s Choice Award.


For more information, visit Purdue’s 3MT page:  https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/student/3mt.html


Sign up by March 25!

Summer Registration

Some things to keep in mind as you add your summer research/course hours:

·         69800 and 69900 are scheduled from May 16 through August 2

·         A maximum of 9 credits taken during Summer session are permitted.

·         Graduate staff must be registered for at least 3 credits in at least one of the Summer modules in order to hold their assistantships

Thesis/Dissertation Newsletter Spring 2016

The latest update from the Thesis and Dissertation Office, with helpful information for candidates, is available here.

MS Word for Thesis Writers

The Thesis and Dissertation Office is offering a workshop “MS Work for Thesis Writers” several times this spring. Please see the flyer  for offerings and registration info.

Soft Rollout for New Electronic Thesis Acceptance FOrm

The thesis office has announced the soft rollout of the new online Thesis Acceptance Form. Please note that usage of the ETA form will be optional throughout 2016, and the Thesis office will continue to accept paper thesis forms during the soft rollout period. Information about the ETA will be included in the upcoming thesis workshop presentations.  

Dates & Deadlines

candidate deadlines for graduate students

 Friday, April 22nd: Final Exam Deadline for General Candidacy (CAND 99100) Registrants


 Friday, April 29th: Thesis Deposit Deadline for General Candidacy (CAND 99100) Registrants


Friday, May 13th, 4:00 p.m. ET: Graduate School Commencement (All Schools and Colleges)


Doctoral candidates must have passed the preliminary examination by May 9th, 2015, to be eligible for Spring 2016 graduation. All of the deadlines for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2016 are now available on the Graduation Deadlines Calendar webpage.


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 Spring 2016. Candidates who request to make updates to an already deposited thesis or dissertation or who have been listed on the Graduate School’s candidate roster for the same degree more than two consecutive sessions may also incur this fee.  

Scholarships & Awards

the college drug awareness scholarship available

The College Drug Awareness Scholarship is now available for any student. For eligibility, deadlines, and details please  visit http://www.collegedrugawareness.org/collegedrugawareness.html

turner pest control scholarship

Turner Pest Control in Jacksonville, Florida is offering a $1,500 scholarship which will be awarded to a student who is enrolled in any university, college, or trade program. The students do not have to be studying entomology or pest management. Information about the scholarship may be found here: http://www.turnerpest.com/scholarship/pest-control-scholarship/. The application deadline is in May 1, 2016.    

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