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The Entomology Awards Committee is in the process of selecting candidates for undergraduate and graduate scholarship/fellowships for the academic year. Undergraduates may also go to the undergraduate scholarship Web site for scholarship information. Listed below are five scholarship funds to be awarded from Entomology. If there are no other criteria listed, you may simply click on the scholarship/fellowship name and fill out the attached PDF application.
The George H. Vansell Scholarship is designed for undergraduate or graduate students with major interest in apiculture. A demonstrated financial need is required.
George Vansell taught entomology and apiculture at UC Davis from 1922 to 1931. From 1931 until his death in 1954, he served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Davis. Vansell's research led to a better understanding of the role of bees in crop pollination and to improvements in the nation's supply of alfalfa and other legume seeds. His wife, Jane Baird Vansell, established the scholarship in his name. It is restricted to needy entomology majors with a preference for students interested in apiculture.
The McBeth Memorial Scholarship is for undergraduates and grads in the field of entomology. Given top priority are candidates desiring to further their learning in the field of entomology or graduate study in the Entomology and Plant Protection and Pest Management Programs. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
The McBeth Memorial Scholarship was established in 1986 by Barbara McBeth Woodruff in honor of her parents, Ira Guy McBeth and Rose McBeth, and her sister Frances McBeth Black. I. G. McBeth received a Ph.D. from the University of California in 1915. He made notable contributions to the citrus industry and was an executive in agricultural, chemical and development companies. While president of the Leffingwell Chemical Company, he had a close relationship with the Davis campus. The McBeth Scholarship is restricted to students studying entomology.
The UC Davis Hazeltine Student Research Award memorializes noted California entomologist William Hazeltine (1926-1994). He managed the Butte County Mosquito Abatement District, Oroville, from 1966 to 1992, and the Lake County Mosquito Abatement District from 1961-64. Hazeltine studied entomology in the UC Berkeley graduate program from 1950 to 1953, and received his doctorate in 1962 from Purdue University.
Recipients shall be selected according to the Department of Entomology’s established procedures for such awards and the following criteria:
- the award shall be open to both continuing students and new incoming students.
- the award is at the discretion of the Department of Entomology Awards committee. Highest consideration shall be given to student research that is of a practical nature and is designed to help solve problems in the area of mosquito and vector control. This award may be used for, but not limited to, graduate field projects, research equipment and supplies, and travel to professional meetings. Please submit a one-page short narrative outlining your research and anticipated use of these funds along with your award application.
The Harbison Endowment is designed for both undergraduates and graduates in apiculture.
The Teledyne Entomology Fellowship is designed for graduate student support of apiculture research in the Department of Entomology.
The Sean & Anne Duffey and Hugh & Geraldine Dingle Graduate Research Fellowship
Awards will be funded up to $4,000 and may be awarded to more than one student annually.
The Duffey-Dingle Research Fellowship honors the friendship of two professors in the then Department of Entomology and UC Davis, Sean Duffey and Hugh Dingle. They first met in the early 1970s when Sean was a graduate student at the University of British Columbia and Hugh was on the faculty at the University of Iowa. Both were researching the biology of milkweed feeding insects, and the occasion was Hugh’s seminar trip to UBC. They met again when Sean stayed with Hugh and his family in Iowa City and gave a seminar while on the way to assume his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Georgia. Following his postdoc, Sean joined the Entomology faculty at UC Davis, and Hugh followed shortly thereafter, joining Sean at UC Davis in 1982. Their close association continued and included two years when they jointly taught Biological Sciences 1B, the evolution portion of the three quarter sequence required at the time of Biological Sciences majors. Tragically, the association ended with Sean’s premature death in May, 1997. Hugh became Emeritus Professor at the end of Fall Quarter 2002 and initiated this fellowship in 2014 to reflect his and Sean’s interests in chemical ecology, behavioral ecology, and evolution.
- One-page research proposal
- A separate project budget with itemized spending
- Award application form (same as other ENT fellowships)
Criteria: The fellowship will be awarded to continuing UC Davis graduate students whose major professor has a faculty appointment within the Department of Entomology & Nematology or is a member of the Entomology Graduate Group. Preference for this award will be given to students studying arthropod chemical ecology and/or arthropod evolution and biology. Students shall be in good academic standing to receive the award. Funds are expected to be used for research expenses, including travel, which may be for conferences or research.
Please complete your application and submit with appropriate
documentation (if required). Please complete your application and submit with appropriate documentation (if required) in hard copy or via
email to Jessica Padilla (Graduate Program Coordinator). The call for applications will be sent out in April. The telephone number is (530) 754-9506.
Award recipients will be selected by late spring.
Regulations for Graduate Student Receiving Fellowships
- It is the student's responsibility to report, in writing, any change in status to Graduate Studies within 30 days of the change. Changes in status include (but are not limited to): major, program, deferring admissions after receiving an award, below minimum GPA, reduction in enrollment units, or multiple fee awards (including fee awards paid by a GSR or TA title code).
- Fellowship recipients are expected to devote full time to graduate study and/or research. To be considered full time, graduate students must be enrolled in 12 units each quarter (any combination of upper division or graduate course units, group study , and research  as permitted by the graduate programs).
- Students taking Planned Education Leave (PELP), going on Filing Fee, or withdrawing from the university are not eligible for fellowships.
- Fellowships do NOT transfer from one program to another. (i.e., A Math student is awarded a fellowship. The student transfers to Economics. The student becomes ineligible to keep that fellowship).
- All US citizens, permanent residents, and immigrants are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before receiving funding from Graduate Studies (this includes Block Grant funding and internal fellowships).
- Students are required to meet and maintain minimum GPA criteria, established by Graduate Council. The minimum GPA required for students receiving living allowance (stipend), in-state fee fellowships, nonresident tuition fellowships (NRTF's), or an academic appointment is 3.0.
- Continued eligibility for this fellowship depends on your maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
- A student who accepts a stipend in excess of $10,000 will not be eligible to accept another stipend greater than $10,000.
- Students who receive Research or Travel awards will have their funds transferred to their graduate program. Students are responsible for submitting receipts to their programs for all allowable expenses in accordance with Policy & Procedure Manual (P&PM) sections referenced below.
- Research funds may be used only for specific needs vital to the success of the research. Any single purchase made in the amount $1500 or more for equipment, will become the property of the University, in accordance with (P&PM) Section 350-21.
- Travel funds may be used for transportation expenses, registration, incidentals, meals, lodging, etc., in accordance with (P&PM) Section 300-10.
Non-Residents of California U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for nonresident tuition fellowships only for their first three quarters at UC Davis. Refer to the "UCD Legal Residence Information" sheet and contact the Residence Deputy at (530) 752-4749 immediately upon your arrival in Davis. International students may receive a nonresident tuition fellowship, an in-state fee award, and a living allowance in their first and subsequent years.
Fellowship Employment Regulation A reasonable amount of teaching or similar activity constitutes a valuable part of the education experience for our graduate students. Students with fellowships may be permitted to receive additional funds from UC sources through academic appointments not to exceed 50% of full time during the period of the award, provided the appointment does not hinder progress toward the degree.
STUDENTS MAY BE APPOINTED INTO AN ACADEMIC TITLE APPOINTMENT UP TO 50% DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR. TOTAL APPOINTMENTS DURING THE SUMMER MAY NEVER EXCEED 100%(students who hold fellowships that stipulate restrictions to employment are excluded from this rule - please refer to your particular award letter for possible fellowship / employment restrictions).
STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED A FELLOWSHIP WITH A FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY COMPONENT MAY LOSE THAT FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT IF ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS ACCEPTED.
Requests for Exception to Policy Requests for exceptions to these policies need to be made in writing to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies by the Graduate Program Chair or Department Chair, with concurrence by the Graduate Adviser. Consideration will be given for one or more of the following situations:
- The fellowship recipient has unusual personal or family expenses; e.g. medical or dental bills, or is supporting a family. Documentation must be provided.
- The department's teaching or research needs can only be met by this fellowship recipient.
- The fellowship recipient has incurred extraordinary expenses in pursuit of the degree program that are not supported by the department's instructional budget; e.g. programs in painting, wood or metal sculpture, etc. Documentation must be provided.
Tax Information Refer to Internal Revenue Service Publication 520. Fellowships and scholarships are taxable, except for the amount paid for tuition, required fees, books and course-related expenses. The University neither withholds taxes, nor reports such payments to the IRS or State Franchise Tax Board for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Individuals are required to report this income themselves and to make arrangements with the federal and state tax services to make estimated quarterly tax payments on fellowship income. Information on tax reporting is available in the Government Documents section of the University library, or you may contact the campus tax accountant at (530) 757-8936.
International students - Refer to Internal Revenue Service Publication 519. Fellowships are paid through the payroll office and taxes are withheld and reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the California Tax Board. Certain individuals from countries with which the United States has a tax treaty may be exempted from federal withholding.
These policies (except filing the FAFSA), also apply to students who hold awards from outside agencies (e.g. National Science Foundation Fellows, Ford Fellows, etc.) unless the agency stipulates otherwise.