Graduate studies

Graduate students around a tableDepartment overview

The MSU Department of Entomology is a vibrant and internationally-recognized unit committed to interdisciplinary research, teaching and extension at local, regional, national and international scales. The Department includes approximately 30 faculty, 40 graduate students and 30 undergraduate majors and minors, with diverse interests spanning the spectrum from fundamental to applied studies. View a list of our professors and click on a professor’s name to learn about his or her research program.

Our programs encompass basic and applied research on insects and related invertebrates in three main focus areas:

These themes are applied across diverse systems including annual and perennial crops, forests, aquatic environments and various international settings. As part of a pioneer land grant university, the Entomology Department also has a foundational commitment to extension and translational entomological science.

Faculty and students in the Department have strong ties to the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior program, the NSF-funded BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Kellogg Biological Station Long Term Ecological Research Program, Center for Microbial Ecology and other interdisciplinary programs across campus. We also have access to multiple research stations around the state, including the Trevor Nichols Research Center and Clarksville Research Center that are managed by Entomology faculty and house numerous pest management research projects. Farms on the East Lansing campus provide excellent land and facility resources for fieldwork in multiple cropping systems and natural areas, and extensive campus greenhouse and environmental chamber facilities provide close access to places for research in controlled environments.

The Department of Entomology also connects to state-of-the-art services for high impact research through facilities such as genomics, bioinformatics, flow cytometry, IVIS imaging and others through the Research Technology Support Facility

Weekly departmental seminars bring students and faculty together. See the Fall 2017 Seminar Series.

Excited to join us at MSU?

Follow the links in the Graduate studies section of our website’s navigational bar to learn more about furthering your studies with MSU Entomology. The first step is to identify a major professor. A useful resource will be the student handbook, Guide to Graduate Study (updated September 2017).

Graduate Program Director
Anthony Cognato
517-432-2369, cognato@msu.edu

Graduate Secretary
Heather Lenartson-Kluge
517-355-4665, lenartso@msu.edu

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