|BioQuip sponsors a $2,000 annual scholarship
to assist an undergraduate student planning to pursue a career in the field
This year's scholarship recipient is AMANDA SKIDMORE. Amanda is a senior at the University of Kentucky, double majoring in entomology and sustainable agriculture. Her first entomological experience was with the 4-H Insects Project. Little did she know that this exposure to the insect world would have a lasting impact on her future.
|Beginning in high
school and continuing as an undergrad, Amanda has worked in both a medical
entomology lab as well as the extension lab at UK. She has conducted various
research experiments related to mosquitoes, including vector competency with
Brugia pahangi (a microfilarial nematode), has determined infection types by
using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), and has maintained
multiple insect colonies. She has submitted a paper concerning her research
with several mosquito strains where patterns of conditional sterility (cytoplasmic
incompatibility) caused by bacterial endosymbionts were observed. She has
also conducted experiments in pollinator efficiency to determine the
attractiveness of native wildflowers to wild bee populations in a central
Amanda's primary interests are insect ecology, biological control, and medical entomology. She hopes to continue her education by pursuing a Ph.D. in entomology. She is also very involved in the local community, and she volunteers with extension programs, is active in her church, and is training to be a modern Western square dance caller.
Visit the Entomological Foundation website to learn about eligibility and application information for the BioQuip Undergraduate Scholarship. Deadline for submission of applications for the 2013 - 2014 academic year is July 1.
BioQuip Undergraduate Scholarship Winners
1980 Richard H. Ebright (First awardee)