Graduate Student Forum

Welcome to the Department of Entomology’s Graduate Student Forum!

The Graduate Student Forum serves several purposes:

  • Encourages graduate students to share with colleagues and others in the academic community
  • Provides professional development experience for students
  • Allows students to practice their presentation skills

Participants are given 12 minutes to present their research presentation and 3 minutes to facilitate questions from the audience. The top three presentations are given a certificate and cash prize.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Twenty – Third Annual Forum!!

First Place: Morgan Thompson

“Undercover operation: root herbivory modifies aboveground plant-herbivore interactions”


Second Place: Jonathan Hernandez

“Co-occurrence of kdr mutations V1016I and F1534C in the voltage-gated sodium channel and their impact on the survivorship of Aedes aegypti (L.) (Diptera: Culicidae) from Harris County, Texas, after ULV Permanone ® (permethrin) field-cage test”


Third Place: Bert Foquet

“The effect of the neuropeptide [His7]-Corazonin on phase-related characteristics in the Central-American locust Schistocerca piceifrons.”

Honorable Mention:

Erfan Vafaie

“Robustness of biological control using multiple natural enemies against whitefly influx or delayed natural enemy releases”


Jordan Ellis

“Honey bees (Apis mellifera) experience accelerated age polyethism and premature death due to developmental stressors”

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