Entomology 2012 Provides UTK Students with Unique Networking Options

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The largest annual conference in the world of entomology has descended this week upon Knoxville, drawing more than 3,000 scientists and students for Entomology 2012.

For more than 60 years, the international event has provided individuals with a multitude of opportunities to help further their field. That's bugs, to you and me.

"When the entomologists come here to get together, they share the latest breaking science from across entomology," said Jerome Grant, co-chair of the program committee and professor of entomology at the University of Tennessee. "They share the latest technology from the basic management of pests all the way to the molecular level and the latest work there."

"So there is a lot of science that takes place here, but there is also a lot of networking. The networking is extremely beneficial to getting teams together for grant writing and getting more money to do more research as entomologists."

Well over 60 symposia are scheduled and more than 2,400 papers and posters are displayed at the Knoxville Convention Center to show the latest in research during the four-day event.

University of Georgia entomology doctoral student Cheri Abraham said, "It just has the whole A-Z represented here for a student and for a professional. …