Here we have the final scholarship essay, soon be published in the Royal Entomological Society’s members’ magazine, Antenna. Its author is Siobhan Anne-Marie Hillman. She developed her love of entomology whilst studying at the University of Derby, graduating with a BSc in Zoology. Siobhan’s main interests are in plant-insect interactions, specifically aphids and Hemiptera (bugs) more generally. As well as Hemiptera, Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) intrigues her greatly, and she’d like to eventually continue onto a PhD in one of these areas. She aspires to eventually “…teach others about how amazing entomology is.” and perhaps carry out research in agricultural entomology. She’s a highly active member of the group and does the whole class of 2016/17 huge credit.
Here’s her essay:
Entomology is a subject I discovered a passion for during my time at University. I have studied multiple different aspects of this field of study through completing modules such as an applied entomology module in my third year which has led me to attend a variety of events. These activities range from presenting research on a mate guarding experiment with field crickets at the Royal Entomological Society’s annual Orthoptera meeting as well as speaking about my own journey into Entomology at the 2015 annual Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society Exhibition. I have conducted freshwater ecological surveys for the Ecological Consultancy and Applied Entomology modules and have attended a number of different identification workshops. I volunteered at the local museum and art gallery as a Nature Ambassador, interacting with the public and with cataloging the entomological collection, as well as helping with pest management with the Museum and University collections. I have enjoyed every aspect of these studies and wish to continue them at postgraduate level. During this time I hope to find an aspect of Entomology I would like to focus on with intent of further study and potentially a future career.
For my dissertation I researched host plant resistance in a number of brassica species against the cabbage aphid, Brevicoryne brassicae. This led me to want to take the Commercial & Practical Biological Control module. I believe this module would enhance what I have learnt and become passionate about through my research. I am interested in the Ecological Entomology and Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services modules as I have developed an interest in research regarding the impacts of insects within ecosystems and their role in the health of the environment. I am also eager to begin work on my independent research project and I am hoping these modules will help me solidify and pursue my ideas for the project.
I would like to thank the Royal Entomological Society for awarding me the bursary as it has given me the opportunity to focus on my studies without any financial concerns. With more of my time dedicated to my studies, I will be able to work towards further postgraduate study and increase my future career prospects. It is my passion and dream to inspire future entomologists and teach in this field. In the future I wish to create a teaching programme and this bursary will help me towards my goal by enabling me to attend conferences and events which will improve my network of professionals and other contacts that may help with this. This may also lead to opportunities I may not have had the chance to experience before and would also help me to improve my skills and knowledge of fields of research that I may not have otherwise ventured into.
All five essays are now live! The contact information for each recipient is down below, with a link to the relevant article.
The essays display some already considerable knowledge and experience of the recipients, but more importantly the desire to learn. Harper Adams University is the centre of entomological teaching in the UK, and arguably, in Western Europe. To be here in the presence of such great teachers is a prime opportunity to further ourselves and achieve the goals we all set out for (albeit at various stages of our lives). We really do “see further by standing on the shoulders on giants”.
I’d like to thank Professor Simon Leather, The Royal Entomological Society, and Harper Adams University on behalf of all of the scholarship recipients for selecting us.
Now that each essay is released, the focus of these articles will shift. On the whole, the thesis behind each article will be based on what the class and blog writers find interesting or important to report, and these may be opinion pieces or short review type essays (though not to the level of a manuscript!!!!!). In addition, the editors will attempt to write in an accessible style, by defining entomological jargon. Blog articles will be released roughly every 2 weeks after tomorrow’s article (this gives us writers time to complete assignments and other student-y things!).
Until next time.
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Contact information for the scholarship recipients:
Me (firstname.lastname@example.org) Essay article
Jack Cox (email@example.com) Essay article
Danielle ‘Elle’ Klassen (Dani.firstname.lastname@example.org) Essay article
Hattie Horsler (email@example.com) Essay article
Siobhan Anne-Marie Hillman (firstname.lastname@example.org) See above for essay
Featured photo: Me, Urbanus teleus taken in the Meta department of Central Colombia, 2013.