Bug Bytes - News for Purdue Entomology Students

December 21, 2016

*** Important Notice ***

File your FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov !

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is open, and you may use 2015 Tax information to complete the application until December 31, 2016.

Entomology 2017-18 Scholarship application

2017-2018 school year application is open!  Completed applications are due by February 1, 2017.   https://ag.purdue.edu/entm/Pages/Scholarships.aspx

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


News & Events for Undergrads

Did you have a Summer Internship?

 The new internship survey is now available: https://www.cco.purdue.edu/Surveys/Internship/Default.aspx.  Please fill out if you completed an internship over the summer.


News & Events for Grads

Register for Spring 2017 and Graduation Now


Registration is open for the Spring 2017 semester. Add any courses and your research credit now.


If you are planning on graduating, please let Amanda know as soon as possible so you can add candidacy to your schedule!


Curriculum documents are available below

PhD   https://www.entm.purdue.edu/prospective-grads/PhD_Curriculum_Aug24.pdf

 MS    https://www.entm.purdue.edu/prospective-grads/MS_Curriculum_Aug24.pdf


And for more information on how to register, please see the Graduate Registration document

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)

·         Sunday, January 8, 2017: Plan of Study Deadline

The plan of study must be submitted by the student, signed by all advisory committee members and all appropriate departmental staff, and awaiting only Graduate School processing by 11:59 p.m. on this date for the student to be eligible for candidacy for spring.

·         Wednesday, February 15, 2017: Candidacy Deadline

·         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

Job opportunity in entomology at the UF/IFAS Everglades REC

A Biological Scientist position (this is comparable to a research associate or technician position) is immediately available in Dr. Julien Beuzelin's entomology program at the University of Florida Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade. The minimum qualification is a Bachelor's degree in biology or closely related discipline. A Master's degree and experience in pest management or agronomy in row or vegetable crops is preferred. The incumbent will work on research and extension projects for arthropod pest management in sugarcane, sweet corn, and other crops of importance in the Everglades Agricultural Area.


For more information, please check http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/500605/biological-scientist-I or directly contact Dr. Beuzelin (jbeuzelin@ufl.edu).

Open GS-7 Museum Specialist position

Museum Technician (Zoology) in the Department of Entomology, National Museaum of Natural History. You can view the job ad here:




This position closes Friday 12/30/2016

Supervisory Entomologist, position in Edinburg, TX

Case Exam – 24PQ-APHIS-MA-2017-0272: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/459541900


This position is assigned to the Center for Plant Health Science & Technology, Mission Texas Laboratory under PPQ’s Science and Technology Core Functional Area.  The incumbent is a member of an interdisciplinary team working to develop improved techniques and methods for managing agricultural pests, making decisions in agricultural production, conducting insect and disease surveys, evaluating biological control organisms, and applying technology to pest management or eradication.  The primary areas of responsibilities of the incumbent are: the detection, identification, and remediation recommendations of pathogenic microorganisms affecting insect mass rearing colonies, and the practical use of various insect pathogens for various integrated pest management (IPM) programs targeting pest insects.  The incumbent provides expertise in the area of insect pathogen diagnostics and provides diagnostic services for PPQ programs and insect rearing support issues for mass rearing facilities and laboratory customers. The incumbent will collaborate with scientists at the Mission Laboratory and other S&T/CPHST laboratories, ARS, and PPQ rearing facilities; and will collaborate with Federal and state governments, and international, university, and private institutions as needed to fulfill incumbent’s responsibilities. 

Undergraduate Lab position

Dr. John Couture is looking for student workers in his laboratory!


Please contact Dr. Couture directly at couture@purdue.edu  to find out the specifics about the position or to apply.


Scholarships & Awards

Seniors! New Summer Finish Scholarship!

Summer Finish is a scholarship initiative intended to help Purdue undergraduate students (priority given to needs-based factors when reviewing) finish up their degree through summer coursework. This scholarship will give recipients $1,000 toward their tuition and fees for Summer 2017 courses.  We know summer isn’t cheap and we hope this is helpful to you!


Please review the website and apply. Note that due dates for applications and referrals are in late January and selection begins in early February.

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.

Mid America Croplife Association Scholarship

Sophomores and Juniors who meet the scholarship requirements are welcome to complete an application for the MACA 2017 Young Leader Scholarship Program. The application, and specific requirements, are available on the MACA 2017-2018 Application.  Application and materials are due by January 20th.

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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