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ENTM News: 2012 OVEA Competition

2012 OVEA Competition

Steve Yaninek
October 29, 2012​

Purdue Entomology participated in the Ohio Valley Entomological Association's (OVEA) 25th Annual Forum for Student Competition this paOVEA 2012.jpgst Friday. The event was held at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio. There were forty-four student presentations (a recent record) representing Cincinnati, Goshen, Kentucky, Ohio State, Purdue and Xavier. Purdue had 10 participants including an undergraduate (Chelsea Wood), two MS students (Jessica Kelly, Nikki VanDerLaan), and 7 PhD students (Mahsa Fardisi, Gabriel Hughes, Matt Paschen, Kapil Raje, Yanlin Tian, Faith Weeks and Scott Williams). Competition was very stiff with mostly very good to excellent presentations across the board.  Purdue took a first place in the MS competition (Nikki VanDerLaan - BS '10), and came very close in the other competitions. One of our alumni (Jennifer Gordon, BS '08 now at Kentucky) won third place in the PhD competition. Other alumni in attendance included OVEA president Jonathan Larson (BS '09), and Goshen assistant professor Andy Ammons (PhD '07) who brought two students to the competition. A full account of the competition is expected later in the week.