With another day, comes another Antenna scholarship essay for you to read. This one is from a highly knowledgeable colleague, Jack Cox, who completed his BSc in Zoology at the University of Derby. Specialising in orthopterans, Jack has a particular interest in their taxonomy and behavioural ecology, aspiring to eventually conduct scientific research and have his work published. Keen on the idea of a PhD, he’d also be happy to work in industry or to eventually become a lecturer (if any readers would like to offer an opportunity to Jack *hint hint* you can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here’s the essay:
I have selected to study the MSc Entomology at Harper Adams University as I believe insects are the most important taxa in terms of being a vital component of any ecosystem. I also have a burning passion for the subject. It has been my goal to be able to take Entomology into a career, and by focusing the majority of my undergraduate degree in Zoology (at the University of Derby) towards Entomological areas, I know that this is the area I want to contribute to in the future. For my BSc Zoology I took part in an independent study focussing on sexual selection, specifically female aggression, in the Mediterranean field cricket Gryllus bimaculatus, and how age and mating status may affect aggression levels. As a whole female aggression has only recently come to light in the past few years, and scientific knowledge is not clear on this topic. I am currently aiming to publish a manuscript on this topic with my undergraduate independent study tutor Professor Karim Vahed and Dr. Mark Bulling.
Now I am looking to delve into the many areas of Entomology and vastly improve my knowledge on vital topic areas. The modules which interest me the most are Ecological Entomology as I believe conservation of insects is a key priority and improving knowledge on interactions between insects and other organisms would be of great benefit to me. Insect Physiology and Behaviour is also of interest as animal behaviour is a topic that I thoroughly enjoyed during my undergraduate degree. I like to try and find explanations as to why animals behave the way they do and how they are adapted to their environment. In addition the Biology and Taxonomy of Insects module piques my interest because I would like to increase my knowledge on the overall taxonomy of insects, as I feel this is such a complex topic that lacks attention in undergraduate studies and the professional workplace. However I would thoroughly enjoy all of the modules being offered.
Words cannot describe how grateful I am to be awarded one of the Royal Entomological Society bursaries to study the MSc Entomology at Harper Adams University. Gaining this receipt has made a huge positive difference to my life, as I would find it difficult to obtain the necessary resources without financial support. Therefore being successful in obtaining this receipt means that I am now able to partake in a fantastic opportunity to pursue my career goal of undertaking Entomological research in the future, or potentially going into higher education teaching. As the MSc Entomology is tailored towards what I am looking for, it will allow me to gain many valuable skills and experiences which I can utilise in the future.
I would like to personally thank the Royal Entomological Society and Bursary Selection Committee for giving me this amazing opportunity, as well as all of my friends and family for the support that they have given me throughout.
There we have it. A well constructed and emotive essay from Jack, one of the 5 recipients of the Royal Entomological Society scholarship here at Harper Adams University. Two essays down, three to go!
In other news, many of us were grilled (some of us humbled, naming no names) today in the labs by Mike Copland, of WyeBugs. Our identifying skills were put to the test throughout every stage of growth in a variety of insect taxa, using both presentation slides and specimens under dissection microscopes. Speaking to many of my colleagues, the general opinion of the lab sessions and the lectures was very high and we all learned a great deal.
Tomorrow I’ll be uploading another essay.
Until next time.
Featured photo: Danielle Marie (you may be hearing more about her soon…)
Photos 1 and 2: Me!! (Max Tercel) in Harper Adams University labs.