College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Entomology

Graduate Program

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University.


We are currently accepting applications.

As a student at WSU, you will have the opportunity to work with world class faculty and other graduate students who have won numerous awards from professional societies both statewide and nationwide, and are recognized worldwide for their contributions.

Because of the size of our program, you can have the flexibility to implement your specialized research project with the guidance of the faculty and the collaboration of other students.

Our relationship with the University of Idaho’s Department of Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences, just 8 miles away, allows us to offer a wide array of courses and work on joint research projects.

Our students are involved with the community. The WSU Entomology Club organizes and hosts an annual Insect Expo, sharing the wonderful world of insects with children and adults alike. Our students also enjoy social events throughout the year.

Our recently refurnished graduate student office provides a stimulating environment for research and learning.



The Department Entomology at Washington State University is of a select few that receive annually funding and support from the ACRS Seattle Chapter. PhD student candidates seeking this prestigious fellowship are encouraged to apply early and communicate their interest to the department graduate coordinator and faculty.



PhD Assistantship for Integrated Pest Management on Hops

The Department of Entomology at Washington State University is offering a new graduate research assistantships for candidates interested in pursuing a PhD in Entomology starting as soon as January 1, 2015. This assistantship will offer full support for 4 years based upon a recently awarded grant from the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative, and will provide a tremendous opportunity for the chosen student to interact and engage with the primary producers and merchants of hops and conventional and rapidly expanding craft brewing industries. The student will be co-mentored by Professor Doug Walsh and Associate Professor Laura Lavine. Expectations are that the student will spend summers at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and ExtensionCenter in the Yakima Valley of Washington State and at least one academic year on the main WSU campus in Pullman, WA. The location of the work site in subsequent years will depend on the student’s project type and progress. The successful candidate will integrate environmental effects on the phenological response of spider mite populations inhabiting hopyards with advanced molecular biology techniques. For further information contact Drs. Walsh and Lavine at and

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Entomology Department
Graduate Student Handbook (PDF)

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Graduate School – Admissions


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