The Department of Entomology offers graduate degrees in the areas of pest management, biological control, toxicology, physiology, behavior, systematics, migration, population ecology, apiculture, and molecular genetics.
Opportunities are available for research dealing with insect biology in native and agricultural systems, including, pests of row crops, vegetables, ornamentals, households, and structures, as well as insect pests of medical and veterinary importance
Department of Entomology, Ph.D
The Ph.D. is the highest degree offered by universities and requires a dissertation project. Students in the Ph.D. program must exhibit unmistakable mastery of a broad major field (evidenced by passing the general exam), and a proven ability to complete a significant program of original research by preparing a dissertation embodying creative scholarship and passing a rigorous final examination.
The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major professor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.
Requirements for Doctoral Degree
Students in the Ph.D. program must pass a comprehensive general exam on coursework, general knowledge, and critical thinking ability. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student will schedule the final examination consisting of consists of an exit seminar and an oral defense and is concerned primarily with dissertation research and related problems. A dissertation is required.
Curricular requirements include:
A doctoral program involves at least three years of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate degree. It is the responsibility of the advisory committee to determine the total number and types of courses to be taken to suit the needs of each student. At least 18 hours of coursework must be graduate (7000) level.
For incoming students without a master’s degree in entomology, a minimum of 30 hours of coursework plus 24 hours of dissertation research is required. Students with a master’s degree in entomology who transfer courses to satisfy required course requirements must take at least 18 additional hours of coursework.
- 3 hours of special topics
- 2 hours of seminar
- 1 hour of teaching practicum
- 36 hours of dissertation research.
The doctorate must be completed within seven years from the time a student is classified as a doctoral student.
Each PhD candidate is required to assist in teaching a course for a minimum of one semester. They are required to register for ENTM 7010: Teaching Practicum (1-3 credit hours). Each Ph.D. student is required to present two seminars to the department while enrolled in ENTM 7007.
The general exam is oral but may also contain written questions from individual committee members. The exam is taken after most of the student’s coursework is completed, normally after two full years of graduate study.
Final Examination/Dissertation Defense Requirements
The final examination consists of an exit seminar and an oral defense and is concerned primarily with dissertation research and related problems. Upon completion of the dissertation and early in his/her final semester, the student will schedule the final examination. The defense is public, and the student is expected to publicize the exit seminar.
Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.
Inquiries for admission may be made to the department head, graduate advisor, or any faculty member. Successful applicants must meet the Graduate School requirements for admission. A 3.0 GPA and a minimum score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative) on the GRE are required for a graduate research assistantship or fellowship. The department also requires three letters of recommendation and a statement of interest in entomology from each applicant.
A limited number of departmental assistantships and fellowships are available on a competitive basis. Departmental assistantships are valued at $21,000 for MS students and $23,000 for PhD students and include a waiver of nonresident tuition. For more information about financial assistance, contact the department head.
Funding and Fellowships
Incoming graduate students are encouraged to apply for University and Departmental assistantships. LSU offers highly competitive research fellowships and assistantships for outstanding M.S. and Ph.D. students. These are administered through the Department, Graduate School and the College of Agriculture, and most require applications that should be submitted by mid-February for the following Fall semester.
In addition, graduate research assistantships are awarded by the Department to qualified students on a competitive basis and are half-time (i.e., 20 hours/week) research appointments. Students must maintain satisfactory performance to remain on an assistantship. This requires maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and satisfactory progress on research. The expected periods of time for students to complete the M.S. and Ph. D. degrees are 2 ½ and 4-5 years, respectively, and departmental assistantships are generally not extended beyond these time periods. Stipends for graduate students vary depending on the source of funds and possible supplements (i.e., from the Graduate School or grants). Tuition (but not other fees) is waived for students receiving graduate assistantships.
The L.D. Newsom Graduate Student Award in Entomology
This award is given to individuals who exhibit excellence in academic achievement and graduate research in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University. One award is available for nominees in the M.S. program and one award for a Ph.D. candidate each year. The amount of each award is $1,000. Deadline for application is March 1 of each year.
The Boethel Scholarship Graduate Student Award in Entomology
This award is given to a full time M.S. or Ph.D. student who exhibits excellence in academic achievement and has made satisfactory progress on his/her graduate degree program in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University. Preference is given to students with research in the area of integrated pest management. One award is available for a nominee in the M.S. or Ph.D. program each year. The amount of the award is $1,000. Deadline for application is July 1 of each year.
The Roussel Scholarship Graduate Student Award in Entomology
This award is be given to a full time M.S. or Ph.D. student who exhibits excellence in academic achievement and has made satisfactory progress on his/her graduate degree program in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University. Overall GPA must be overall GPA of 3.4 or greater. One award is available for a nominee in the M.S. or Ph.D. program each year. The amount of the award is $1,000. Deadline for application is July 1 of each year.
Distinguished Dissertation Award in Science and Engineering
A nominee is selected from within the Entomology Department by the Student Awards Committee and forwarded to the College of Agriculture(COA). Nominations are due at the COA in early December. The COA selects one nominee which is submitted for competition at the university level.
John Henry Comstock Award
This award, given by the National Office of the ESA to promote interest in the science of entomology at the graduate level and to stimulate interest in attending the national conference, consists of an all-expenses-paid trip to the ESA national conference, plus $100 cash and a certificate. It is given to one graduate student from each Branch. Each Entomology Department in the Southeastern Branch nominates one Ph.D. student. Each nomination should contain a detailed resume prepared according to ESA requirements submitted by departments to the SEB-ESA Awards Committee. Nomination packets should be given to the departmental Student Awards Committee chair and this committee selects the department nominee. The departmental nominee’s packet is due at the SEB on July 1st.
Kirby L. Hays Award
This award is sponsored by the Southeastern Branch and is given each year to an outstanding Master’s student. The recipient is given $250 and a plaque at the Annual Branch Meeting. Each Department nominates one student. Each nomination should contain a detailed resume prepared according to ESA requirements. The Student Awards Committee selects the departmental nominee after a call for nominations around July 1st and submits the nominee to the SEB by September 1st.
Robert T. Gast Award and Southeastern Branch Student Award
These two awards are given annually to a Ph.D. and M.S. student, respectively, presenting the best research paper as judged by both oral presentation and written work. The Gast Award recipient is given $500 and the Southeastern Branch Student Award recipient is given $250. Plaques are presented to both winners at the Annual Branch Meeting. Runners-up for these awards each receive $100 and a plaque. The deadline for nominations is coincident with the deadline for receipt of titles and abstracts for student paper competitions at the SEB Annual Meeting, usually September or October. The paper submitted for consideration cannot have been submitted for publication prior to this deadline.
Southeastern Branch Outstanding Student Display Presentation Award
This award is given annually to the student presenting the best research paper in a display format based on both the presentation and a written summary. The recipient is given $100 and a plaque at the Annual Branch Meeting. The deadline is announced annually and materials are sent to the SEB.
Students are encouraged to compete for travel and research awards from various sources on campus such as the LSU Sigma Xi Chapter and the Graduate School and nationally from federal agencies (e.g. National Science Foundation’s Dissertation Improvement Grants, EPA Star Fellowships), professional societies (e.g. Sigma Xi, American Women in Science), private foundations (e.g., The Nature Conservancy), and industry.
Michael J. Stout
Professor and Head, Department of Entomology
Arthropod Pests of Urban and Peri-Urban Environment
Soybean IPM, aphids, and sweet potatoes
Invasive species ecology and biological control
Insect physiology and symbiosis
IPM of insects affecting livestock; lice
Arthropods of Public & Animal Health; honeybees
Grain Crop Pest Management
Molecular Biology of Insects & their Symbionts
Insect Pest Management, Cotton Entomology
T. Eugene Reagan
Ecology and Pest Management of Sugarcane Insects
Michael J. Stout
Rice and Sugarcane Pests, Insecticides