K-State entomology graduate student honored
A Kansas State University graduate student in entomology is the winner of the 2011 Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology, presented by the Entomological Foundation.
Alysha Soper has focused her graduate research on damage potentials of sorghum headworm and has worked on developing site-specific management recommendations for headworm in sorghum.
Her work supports producer efforts to increase sorghum yields and reduce unneeded insecticides by allowing them to make timely and spatially explicit treatment decisions.
Soper is active in the Popenoe Entomology Club at K-State and involved in the entomology department's outreach programs. She will begin working on her doctorate in the spring.
The award recognizes a graduate student each year who exhibits exceptional interest in entomology, shown by his or her research and leadership skills. It is intended to encourage leadership in applied entomology, especially as it relates to technology.
The Entomological Foundation will present the award to Soper on Nov. 15 at the Entomological Society of America's annual meeting.
The Entomological Foundation is a national organization comprised of representatives from the public and private sectors, including academic institutions, government, business and industry. More information is available at its website www.entfdn.org/index.php.