AAPA Scholarship

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 The American Association of Professional Apiculturists announces the following awards for the year 2014.


               This scholarship is given to recognize and promote outstanding research by students in the field of apiculture. The scholarship will consist of a $1000 stipend for research.

                Undergraduates or graduate students working in North America with Apis are eligible. Nominees must be students of active AAPA members to be eligible for this scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship will be ineligible for future AAPA Student Research Scholarships.

                Proposals  Each research scholarship proposal must include a curriculum vitae of the nominee, one letter of recommendation, and a summary of the research problem not to exceed three pages double-spaced. The summary must include objectives, significance and methods. Nominees may also include up to three publication reprints, submitted manuscripts or abstracts of theses or dissertations. The submissions should be electronically sent in PDF files.

                Submitting Proposals:  Please send your proposal electronically as PDF to:

                              Ann W. Harman

                              1214 North Poes Road

                              Flint Hill, VA 22627


                                             e-mail: ahworkerb@aol.com

                Submission Deadline:  Deadline November 1, 2013


               This award is offered for the best student paper presented at the American Bee Research Conference (ABRC). The recipient will receive $100 and a plaque to commemorate the occasion.

                Both graduate students and undergraduates are eligible for this award. The paper must involve the genus Apis. Students do not have to be members of AAPA, nor do their advisors need to be members.

                The presenter should specify that he/she is a student participating in the competition when the title is submitted. Only one paper may be designated as participating in the competition.

                Papers will be evaluated by a 3-judge panel for:

  • ·        presentation (not including responses to questions)  (70 points)
  • ·        quality of research (30 points)

Comments from the judges will be returned to competitors to help strengthen their presentation skills.

 Details of evaluation criteria may be obtained from Ann Harman at the above address.

NHB accepts proposals

National Honey Board Accepting Bee Research Proposals

Firestone, Colo., Aug. 30, 2013 – The National Honey Board is requesting proposals for research dealing with honey bee colony production.

The goal of this research is to help producers maintain colony health while assuring the maintenance of honey quality.  The NHB is encouraging proposals on Varroa research, but will consider proposals dealing with  Acarapis woodi, Nosema Ceranae, and small hive beetle; the investigation into the causes and controls of Colony Collapse Disorder; and honey bee nutrition, immunology, and longevity. 

The NHB is open to both projects that find new methods of maintaining health, and ones that combine current methods to increase efficacy rates.  Other projects will be considered and research outside the U.S. is possible.

The amount of funds available for a particular proposal will depend on the number and merit of proposals finally accepted.  The funds will be available for approved projects for the duration of the calendar year 2014 and may be carried into early 2015 if necessary; the duration of projects being funded should generally not exceed 12 months.

Proposals must be received at the National Honey Board office by 5:00p.m. Mountain Time, November 15, 2013.  Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Instructions on how to submit a research proposal may be found on the NHB website at www.honey.com.


Ph.D. Assistantships @ Virginia Tech

Two Ph.D. Assistantships – Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech

The Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech is seeking highly motivated applicants for two Ph.D. assistantships in the Insect Toxicology & Pharmacology and Quantitative Insect Ecology programs. The successful applicants will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists
conducting basic and applied research on the epidemiology of pesticide exposures and pollinator health in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Qualifications: The successful applicants must hold a Master’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Toxicology, or related field from an accredited institution, and be eligible for admission to the Department of Entomology graduate program. Preference will be given to applicants with interest and training or experience in ecotoxicology and field ecology, who have
strong verbal and written communication skills. An excellent academic performance record and a strong work ethic are expected. The candidates will be expected to make presentations at scientific conferences and will be required to publish peer-reviewed journal articles from their dissertation research.

Compensation: The successful candidates will receive a stipend of no less than $18,500 per year in addition to full tuition and fees for four years. The student must be enrolled full time and meet graduate school expectations in both course work and research each semester to continue to receive support.

Application: To apply, please email 1) a letter of interest that describes professional goals and highlights qualifications; 2) a curriculum vita; and 3) contact information for three academic or professional references to Drs. Troy D. Anderson (anderst@vt.edu) and Carlyle C. Brewster (carlyleb@vt.edu). Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until suitable
candidates are found.

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 30 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 30 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.