The Mike Duke Memorial Seminar
Each year, Entomology graduate students sponsor the Mike Duke Memorial Seminar, typically during the spring semester. This special seminar series was established in 1988 in honor of Michael E. Duke, a graduate student in entomology who tragically died shortly after receiving his master's degree from NCSU.
This seminar series serves his memory by honoring the contributions of graduate students to entomology and serves as a reminder of the potential for excellence that exists within every individual. Each year, graduate students in the department invite a distinguished speaker who has made substantial achievements and represents a standard of excellence in entomology. As hosts of the speaker, students have the opportunity to interact with and learn from an outstanding scientist. This interaction allows students to gain insight into their own research and offers a model with which to base their future careers in entomology. The Mike Duke Seminar therefore commemorates excellence that is already present and excellence that is yet to come.
If you are interested, you can donate to our cause.
- 2013: Dr. Corrie Moreau, Chicago Field Museum of Natural History
- 2012: Dr. Ann Hajek, Cornell University
- 2011: Dr. Ian Kaplan, Purdue University
- 2010: Dr. Jason Bond, East Carolina University
- 2009: Dr. Justin O. Schmidt, Carl Hayden Bee Lab. Ret.
- 2008: Dr. James Costa, Western Carolina University
- 2007: John Acorn, The Nature Nut
- 2006: Dr. Neil Tsutsui. University of California - Irvine
- 2005: Dr. Doug Landis, Michigan State University
- 2004: Dr. Bill Conner, Wake Forest University
- 2003: Dr. Jane Mainschein, Arizona State University
- 2002: Dr. Wade Worthen, Furman University
- 2001: Dr. Bill Shear, Hampden-Sydney College
- 2000: Dr. Ken Raffa, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 1999: Dr. Lawrence I. Gilbert , UNC-Chapel Hill
- 1998: Dr. Randy Gaugler , Rutgers University
- 1997: Dr. Marjorie A. Hoy, University of Florida
- 1996: Dr. Fred Nijhout, Duke University
- 1995: Dr. Wendell Roelofs, Cornell University
- 1994: Dr. Mark Rausher, Duke University
- 1993: Dr. Lee Goff, University of Hawaii-Manoa
- 1992: Dr. Randall Beer, Case Western University
- 1991: Dr. Rick Roush, Cornell University
- 1990: Dr. Murray Blum, University of Georgia
- 1989: Dr. Donald Herzog, University of Florida
- 1988: Dr. May Berenbaum, University of Illinois