Purdue University Field Crops Entomology Prospective Student Information

Graduate Study

I am always interested in discussing graduate research opportunities with enthusiastic and motivated students. However, because there are many applicants and relatively few positions, it is in any potential student’s best interest to examine ongoing work in my laboratory before contacting me and discuss whether our research interests and philosophy intersect before going further in the application process.

Ideal candidates will have a natural curiosity about how agro-ecosystems function from a biological perspective, including a willingness to dedicate themselves to answering research questions within these systems. This means developing a knowledge of existing literature, learning/developing innovative techniques for answering research questions and ultimately publishing the work in peer-reviewed journals and/or extension literature as appropriate. Aside from these broad guidelines, students may have significant latitude in choosing their research direction as their skills and background warrant. I will work with students to develop their own projects or they may participate in ongoing work. Research in my lab may be either basic or applied in nature, as we work toward the larger goal of understanding the interactions between rapidly-changing field crop production systems and the arthropod pests that can profoundly influence them.

Undergraduate Positions

I regularly hire undergraduate students to work part-time in the lab during the fall and winter, and always require several student workers during the field season. I am also willing to supervise students working on Capstone Projects or Undergraduate Research Projects. These projects provide valuable research experience, and can readily be used as a starting point for graduate study, if desired. In all cases, the best approach is to contact me directly to see if our interests mesh before proceeding further.

For further information on any of the opportunities above, please contact:

Dr. Christian Krupke
Department of Entomology
Purdue University
Smith Hall
901 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2089
Phone: 765.494.4912
ckrupke@purdue.edu

To request information on Graduate School materials:

Amanda Pendleton
Graduate / Undergraduate Program Administrator
Department of Entomology
Purdue University
Smith Hall
901 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2089
Phone: 765.494.9061
apendle@purdue.edu