- Focus Areas
- Agricultural Pest Management
- Ecology/Biological Control
- Evolutionary Biology
- Freshwater and Estuarine Entomology
- Insect Pathology
- Molecular Biology, Physiology, Toxicology, and Molecular Genetics
- Organic Agriculture
- Pesticide Technology, Assessment, and Policy
- Urban, Structural, and Green Industries Pest Management
- Research Partners
- Research Opportunities
- Fall 2013 Colloquium
- Focus Areas
The Cory Scholarship
The Cory Scholarship fund provides up to $1,000 towards tuition remission for two undergraduate students each semester who have creatively contributed to department research and/or extension efforts. The scholarship was established by friends and family of Ernest N. Cory, who served as head of the Department of Entomology and Zoology from 1914-1956.
"The Cory Scholarship and the support of the Department of Entomology have enabled me to pursue my genetics research and learn more about the field of entomology. I will be able to expand on these experiences in future research projects."
- Soroush Rais-Bahrami, Cory Scholarship recipient (pictured above)
About Ernest Cory
After receiving his degree from the Maryland Agricultural College in 1909, Ernest Cory was appointed first as Assistant Entomologist, then in 1914 as Head of the Department of Entomology and Zoology. He continued as department head until 1956, focusing his efforts on the introductions of exotic pests and quarantine operations. He was also active in the Association of Economic Entomologists, and worked diligently for the union of entomological organizations into the current Entomological Society of America in 1953. At his retirement, his family and friends raised funds to establish the Ernest N. Cory Scholarship.
What does the Cory Scholarship provide?
The Scholarship fund provides up to $1,000 towards tuition remission for two students each semester.
Who is eligible for the award?
All undergraduates being mentored by a faculty or staff member, post-doc, or graduate student within the Department of Entomology are equally eligible for the Cory Scholarship.
How can the funds be used?
The funds are transferred from the Scholarship Office to the student's account with the Bursars Office. Thus, the funds can be used for tuition and related expenses.
What should an undergraduate do to be considered for the Scholarship?
Students should apply for the award by submitting the following:
- A letter of application, describing their activities in the Department of Entomology
- A current transcript (unofficial is okay)
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member
Submit application materials by November 15 for the spring semester, or by April 15 for the fall semester to:
Chair, Cory Scholarship Committee
Department of Entomology
4112 Plant Sciences
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
How are the Cory Scholarship winners selected?
The Cory Scholarship Committee, consisting of faculty members from the Department of Entomology, will review applications. The following are to be considered as primary criteria in the selection of Cory winners:
- The Cory is to be awarded for career accomplishments within the Department of Entomology. Of particular importance are demonstration of independent effort and innovative or creative contributions and accomplishments in research and extension.
- Strong candidates who have not previously received a Cory Scholarship will receive favored consideration over a comparable candidate who is a previous Cory winner.
In addition, academic achievement, at least in recent semesters, will be of consideration to the Cory Award Committee. In cases in which candidates receive equal rankings, priority for the award will go to second semester seniors.
How can students become involved in research or extension activities under the mentorship of faculty, post-docs, or graduate students in the Department of Entomology?
Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP), Howard Hughes Fellowships, Entomology Honors Program, and ENTM 389 Independent Research are a few of the ways that undergraduates have begun working in laboratories in the Department of Entomology. Contact one of the faculty members to schedule an appointment, or first view information on Entomology research foci.