Want to see what no one else has seen? Discover how something works? Solve a deep-rooted problem in your community?
Both undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Entomology have done all these things and more by performing original research.
Our students learn from the world-class researchers working here in the Department. They use our state-of-the-art equipment and materials. Through collaborations, they work with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the state’s premier research and technology development agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences.
The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and has been held each summer since 2008 to allow undergraduates to experience researching in various projects dealing with entomology.
During the summer, students work closely for 10 weeks with a faculty mentor and conduct independent research projects in areas including biochemical analyses, DNA sequencing and extraction, analysis of gene expression, molecular marker development, physiological and toxicological bioassays, and stereomicroscopy, compound microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Students will also gain experience in applying research results to practical problems while conducting their research projects in their faculty mentor’s laboratory.
Students are also involved in campus-wide REU science discussion groups and social activities, experimental design practicums, short courses to introduce and/or review quantitative methods used in entomological research, and workshops in developing effective oral and written presentations.