OSU Department Looking for Young ScientistsFri, 10 Apr 2015 11:54:00 CDT
If you have a child bugging you about what career field they should consider, the Oklahoma State University Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology may be able to help.
For sixth graders and above, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be an opportunity to look at entomology as a career. Through the open house event, those young scientists and their families will visit the Insect Adventure and explore the entomology undergraduate program at OSU.
"On this event, we're targeting kids that are looking into entomology as a career," said Andrine Shufran, associate Extension specialist in EPP. "We're going to provide lots of information for them to take home and then give a tour of the research labs on campus."
Participating youth will have a meet-and-greet at the Insect Adventure where entomology undergraduate degree options and scholarship availability will be discussed, as well as the many different career paths open to a person with an Entomology degree.
Since insects account for more than 80 percent of animal life on the planet, there are never enough entomologists to fill the positions needed around the world, said Shufran.
"It's estimated that each person who graduates with a bachelor's degree in Entomology has at least five positions waiting for him or her," she said. "So there are more entomology jobs out on the market than there are trained professionals to fill them. The need for entomologists will only increase in the future."
The invitational will feature a tour of the Noble Research Center with faculty and graduate students on-hand to talk about what happens in those labs. Lunch will be provided for all who attend, but preregistration is required.
To RSVP for the event, email Shufran at email@example.com.
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