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The Ohio Valley Entomological Association (OVEA) 2017 Annual Forum and Student Paper Competition will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Museum of Biological Diversity, Ohio State University, 1315 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212. Click here for a map. Click here for Hotel information.

2017 OVEA call for papers.

2017 Schedule of Events

2017 Program Book

Thank you to our sponsors!

1. Day-of information
I am thrilled to report that even though as of last Thursday we had about 4 submissions, by last night we were at 36 that are fairly evenly distributed across categories, so it promises to be a great competition this year! With that being said, we will begin presentations at 9AM and aim to conclude by 5PM. Breakfast will be available starting around 8-8:15AM, and I would like to provide some introductory remarks around 8:50. I will aim to have the schedule of presentations available on the OVEA website ( by tomorrow, and the program by the end of the week or early next week.
2. Parking
Since the Museum of Biological Diversity is located on OSU’s campus, all visitors will need to purchase a guest pass for the day or use the pay-by-plate stations. I am including a map of campus parking areas, where the yellow star indicates the Museum, red arrows indicate nearby parking lots, and yellow arrows indicate pay-by-plate stations. Day passes can be purchased on the Campus Parc website( by clicking “Log in” in the top right corner, “affiliate”, and then creating an account and purchasing a surface permit for the day (Appears to be $7.75). 
Alternatively, if you would rather deal with it the day of, you could head to one of the two nearby pay-by-plate stations, pay by the hour for however many hours you intend to be there, and then drive to the Museum or one of the nearby lots and park there. According to Campus Parc, there is no day pass option this way, so you will be paying for every hour you are parked. Please let me know if you have any questions.



The purpose for conducting this competition is multifold:

Format for Competition

The Annual Forum for Student Paper Competition is open to any undergraduate or graduate student who has an interest in entomology. To date participants have come from colleges in the tri-state area of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; however, students from other states are encouraged to enter the competition. Students who are enrolled in biology courses, or are majoring in biology or entomology departments at the undergraduate level are particularly encouraged to enter the contest.

Judging Panels

A panel of five judges for each category of competition determines the winners. Each panel is composed of two representatives from either the agricultural or pest control industries and three members from academia, two of whom are usually from biology departments. Professional representatives of both basic and applied science are always included on each panel. Judges may or may not be entomologists. In the event of a tie, the winners will be chosen by a vote of judges.

Emphasis in this student contest is placed on the mechanics of organizing and presenting a scientific paper. The quality of the research is judged only to the extent that the student’s objectives and methodology appear appropriate and conclusions are substantiated by data. Judges are expected to write constructive criticism. This is important to the student; score sheets are returned to the students so that they can learn where they need to improve.

A week before the contest each judge receives a copy of the Book of Abstracts to review. Some of the questions that judges should consider are the following. How is the abstract written? Does it have the essentials of a classic abstract? Does it have a statement of the problem, objectives, methodology, results and/or conclusions? Are these conveyed with a reasonable amount of verbiage, using correct English grammar and composition?

In the organization and presentation of the talk, the judges look to see if the student follows through the discussion in a logical manner. Judges expect that the presentations will not specifically target an audience having a general biological background. Finally, it is interesting to note that judges have become more observant of professional appearance and the elements of courtesy.

Coordination of Program

A committee works with industry, which generously supports the contest through prize monies for each of the three categories of competition. In addition, funds from industry provide for continental breakfast at registration, and participating students will be given a lunch voucher. Aside from monetary contributions, personnel from industry have contributed to the success of the contest by serving as judges and working on committees for its promotion.

Mailings announcing the contest and calling for papers are sent to all academic biology departments in the tri-state area, coordinated by staff at Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, and Purdue University. Biology departments serve as hosts, providing local arrangements as the contest moves from state to state. Provision has to be made for the operation of concurrent sessions when necessary. Finally, a committee provides for projection and timing during the presentations, and tabulation of results. Following the presentation of the last contest paper, results are tabulated and an Awards ceremony is held during which prizes and certificates are distributed to winners as they are presented with their checks.


The contest has provided a common interest for Ohio Valley entomologists and is opening the door to greater interaction among the three states. Graduate students, particularly in the large entomology departments, have more interaction between universities, fostering a competitive camaraderie. We have been pleased with our graduate level participation.

The graduate level has been relatively stable, and we have tried for years to increase and encourage undergraduate participation. Getting the interest of undergraduates is difficult, requiring the persistence of instructors.

The most significant achievement of the Student Forum is an increased interaction between entomologists representing industry and the faculties and students of academic biology departments in the three states. Here is the source of students for graduate school and industry. This relationship is developing slowly, but we are encouraged with our progress.