UH Manoa entomology graduate students recognized

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dr. Ken Grace, (808) 956-7076
Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Posted: Mar 22, 2006

HONOLULU— Entomology graduate students in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have received national recognition in the following recent competitions:

The National Conference on Urban Entomology named master‘s student Margaret Gentz as the recipient of a $1,500 national scholarship. Gentz will use the scholarship to further her research on the mode of action of borate insecticides against termites.

At the 90th annual meeting of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (PBESA), Christopher Kishimoto and Ranit Kirschenbaum received awards during the 2006 student competition. Kishimoto received a first place award for his oral paper on the biology and control of the nettle caterpillar. Kirschenbaum received second place for her poster on the behavioral interactions among invasive ants in Hawaiʻi.

PBESA also selected a team of entomology students, Jesse Eiben, Will Haines, Maggie Gentz and Chris Kishimoto, as second place recipients in the Linnean Games tournament. The team competed with students from other universities in a game-show format to answer questions on all aspects of the field of entomology. Their second place finish ensures that they will compete at the national meeting in Indianapolis this coming December.

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in the entomology program at UH Mānoa. Courses are offered in biological control of insect and weed pests, insect genetics, insect ecology, insect physiology, insecticide toxicology, insect transmission of plant pathogens, insect-microbe interactions, pest management, systematics, and urban entomology. For more information, visit http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/peps/.

For more information, visit: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/peps/