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On-Campus Deadline is September 30

This year's on-campus deadline is midnight of Friday, September 30.  Email your 5-page proposal, 5-page personal statement (both double-spaced), and any other materials to Watson Liaison Britt Anne Murphy who will set up a 15-minute interview with your and the Honors Committee the following week.

Watson Fellowship Awarded to Jessa Thurman

Jessa Thurman is one of 40 seniors nationwide to win a Watson Fellowship for 2016-2017.  Jessa will investigate the relationship between insects and people across the globe.  Descriptions of all the 2016-2017 Watson Fellowship projects are available at the Watson Fellowship website.

  • From Extermination to Appreciation:  Ethnoentomology and Connecting to the World through Insects
    Australia, Thailand, Brazil, Peru, England

    For my Watson year, I propose to investigate what makes us love, hate, or simply ignore insects and how this perception has inhibited both our study and appreciation of these creatures in our modern world. I will learn new applications of insects for Australian agriculture and entomophagy in Thailand by working alongside entomologists on public outreach and citizen science projects, volunteering on insect farms, and interviewing market owners and consumers of insect products. In South America I will engage in ethnoentomology, learning how humans have found medicinal and cultural uses for insects in the epitome of Earth’s biodiversity. Aside from their importance to humans, I will also explore aesthetic qualities by raising insects in Thailand and seeing how artists have portrayed them in galleries throughout England. Rounding off my experiences I will volunteer with exterminators to meet those who rely economically on human fear of insects and compare it to my gained skills on insect appreciation and education.

    Raised in a national park, it was not until later in life that I realized I could be a scientist. I tested my love for insects with an internship at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, which propelled me into studies of wasps in the forests of Costa Rica. These previous pursuits have been possible by personal independence, emotionally and financially, but the success of these endeavors has relied on the support of others. To continue this pursuit of insects through personal discovery and to support it in others, I will learn new applications of entomology around the world. 

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