Apr 212014

I am pleased to announce the winners of our student talks, which were held this past Friday at UConn. The meeting was well attended by members, guests, and even a few walk-in students from UConn. It was wonderful to see so much support for our students! I am grateful for everyone who helped organize and judge the event.

The judges were myself, Marta Wells, and Goudarz Molaei. We scored the presenters on their delivery, organization, research content, knowledge, and timing. We were impressed by the quality of the presentations and the students’ abilities to answer tough questions. All of the scores were very close, which is why I was pleased to offer prizes for all participants. Prizes included BioQuip gift cards, a CT EntSoc calendar, and a freshly made insect killing jar.

You can see the talk titles here

10 minute talks
1st: Melissa Bernardo
2nd: Raymond Simpson
3rd: Cera Fisher
runner up: Benedict Gagliardi

5 minute talks
1st: Joseph Desisto
2nd: Robert Clark
3rd: Emily Johnson
runner up: Kassie Urban-Mead

It was wonderful to get updated on projects I have not heard about in a while, and also to hear about new and exciting research happening in entomology labs in the state. I am confident that next year we will continue this trajectory and have another group of thoughtful and entertaining student talks.

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