Contributed by Erick Martinez Rodriguez, EGSA president
This free monthly event partners with the United Titanium Bug Zoo to host hundreds of people every second Saturday of the month in the Wooster Science Building on the CFAES Wooster campus. This is a unique opportunity for children and family members to interact with a wide variety of insects, handled and supervised by graduate students able to answer questions. For more information on our monthly Open Houses, please visit the United Titanium Bug Zoo website!
Ohio State Student Involvement Fair
On January 18th and 19th EGSA was present alongside the undergraduate entomology student organization, Chrysalis, at the Ohio State Spring Student Involvement Fair in the Ohio Union. The Spring Student Involvement Fair provided new and returning students an opportunity to explore more options for their involvement. Student organizations hosted booths to inform and motivate students to join in the diversity of extracurricular options available to them.
On January 25th, the EGSA Graduate Studies Committee organized an “Intro to Github” workshop hosted by Kayla Perry, Ph.D. Kayla is assistant professor of Forest Entomology and has wide experience in the field of statistics. The purpose of this workshop was to get students introduced to the Github tool, a code hosting platform that is very user-friendly, and allows you to collaborate and work on projects from anywhere. The 1-hour workshop was well attended and received amongst the EGSA members who had the opportunity to participate. EGSA plans to continue with the delivery of workshops on statistics and other topics this fall. We will keep you posted!
EGSA Hosts DeLong Seminar
On February 16th, the EGSA and Department seminar committees on the Columbus campus organized a seminar featuring Allison Gardner Ph.D. Gardner is Associate Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine. Gardner's presentation centered on the ecological and social factors that contribute to the proliferation of vector-borne diseases, as part of the department's weekly seminar series. For additional details on the Entomology Department's seminar program, please visit their website! Entomology Department Seminar Series.
On Friday March 17th, the Columbus Social Events and Outreach Committee organized a tour through our Entomology insectary, supervised by Jeni Ruisch. EGSA members had the opportunity to learn about the various critters that are usually displayed in the BUGmobile for Entomology outreach events. This tour serves as an opportunity for students to understand the importance of outreach events and the ways to get involved as a volunteer. For more information on the Insectary and the BUGmobile, please visit the department's website, Columbus Insectary and BUGmobile.
On Sunday March 19th, EGSA member Iliana Moore hosted the second earring workshop in Wooster to craft jewelry for EGSA fundraising events. Hand-made jewelry of insects, made by our very own entomologists. For more pictures of this event, check out our website! EGSA Earring Workshop
Blue Jackets Night
On April 1st, EGSA members gathered at the Nationwide Arena to watch the Blue Jackets take on the Florida Panthers! Although in the end we didn’t hear the famous cannons that are fired when the jackets score (we lost 7-0), it was a great opportunity to interact with members of both Columbus and Wooster campuses.
On April 8th – 9th, the first EGSA Student Retreat took place in Killbuck, Ohio. The students had an opportunity to spend some quality time amongst colleagues from both campuses. In addition, four Entomology alumni were invited as guest panelist speakers to talk about different important topics that pertain graduate students, including topics like developing strategies and timelines for optimizing job hunts pre- and post-graduation, work-life balance as a graduate student in entomology, and the pros and cons of industry and academia. All attendees shared a great time amongst each other accompanied with a delicious meal. We are looking forward for next year’s retreat! For more, visit our website blog. EGSA Student Retreat
On Friday April 14th, EGSA participated in the CFAES Olympics. This is a fun event organized by the CFAES Student Council that took place at the Animal Science Building Arena. EGSA members had the opportunity to compete in the different activities that made up the Olympics, which included a Taste Test challenge, a Team Rally Competition, a Cornhole Tournament, a Building Challenge, and a Tug of War competition. Although the trophy was not won, EGSA learned a few tricks and will come stronger next year!
CFAES Student Organization Awards
EGSA was recognized by CFAES for their continuous involvement with the college, university, and the community. EGSA received both CFAES Student Organization Awards for which they applied: The Community Engagement Award, and the Outstanding New Activity Award. EGSA will work hard to continue our involvement with the community. Checkout the news article published by the department! EGSA wins CFAES Awards
Girls in STEM Day Camp
On the 15th of April, EGSA participated in the Girls in STEM Day Camp held at the College of Wooster, where they shared knowledge on the various career paths in entomology and the significant roles these tiny creatures play in our ecosystem. The participants also had the exciting chance to engage with the insects from the Wooster Bug Zoo that were brought in for the event.
Earth Day Festival
On April 22nd, the United Titanium Bug Zoo staff led by Jeni Filbrun and EGSA members attended the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC), in Gambier, Ohio, for their annual Earth Day Festival. This free event gives children and families the opportunity to learn and interact through up-close encounters with amazing wildlife, including animals from the Ohio Nature Education, the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, and the Wooster Bug Zoo insects. For more information on the BFEC, check out their Facebook page! The Brown Family Environmental Center
Tae Lee Phd, and EGSA visit the 4-h Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp
On April 29th, the entomology department was present at the Ohio 4-H Forestry Wildlife Conservation Camp, in Jackson County, to talk about insects and their crucial importance in nature. This camp was organized by CFAES and is designed for campers from all over the state, ages of 14 through 18, to get together for a weekend and learn about forestry and wildlife education, fishing, tree climbing, hiking, Ohio Department of Natural Resources careers and college opportunities. This event takes place in the beautiful Canters Cave 4-H Camp. Visit the Ohio 4-H Youth Development website for more information about upcoming camps and the Canter’s cave 4-H Camp website for pictures and updates! Ohio 4-H Youth Development website | Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp
EGSA Monthly Student Spotlight
EGSA has continued to feature 3 current members in our monthly EGSA Student Spotlight! Get to know more about our members by checking out our website!