The Pi Chi Omega Scholarship Committee is happy to announce its 2019 scholarship recipients. The pest control fraternity awarded $9,000 in scholarships to four students:
The John Osmun Scholarship awarded to
Allison Johnson - Ph.D. student at University of Georgia
Johnson's research includes examining 4,500 samples of termites from each of Georgia's 158 counties. The goal is to provide baseline data for helping to develop verified IPM approaches for termites rather than relying on a zero-tolerace action threshold.
The Founders Endowment Scholarship awarded to
Brittny Blakely - M.S. student at New Mexico State University
Blakey is focusing her research on cat fleas, specifically off-host production of fleas using an artificial membrane-based feeding system.
The Dr. Austin Frishman Scholarship awarded to
Alex Blumenfeld - Ph. D. student at Texas A & M
Blumenfeld's research is focused on the odorous house ant, Tapinoma Sessile, a growing
The Alain VanRyckegham Scholarship awarded to
Maria Gonzalez-Morales - Ph. D. student at NC State University
Gonzalez-Morales' current research aims to develop better control techniques for insecticide-resistent urban pests such as bed bugs by characterizing the host range, host preferences, health effects on humans and animal hosts, and innovative control techniques to mitigate the adverse effects of bed bugs.