Arthur Robinson Brooks in his biosystematics laboratory (Saskatoon - 1950)
This scholarship is annually offered by the Entomological Society of Saskatchewan in commemoration of A. R. Brooks, insect collector and systematist.
Candidates must be registered as a full time student in the field of entomology in the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the Universities of Saskatchewan or Regina and have been registered for at least one academic year. The prize recipient must have an academic average equivalent to a "B" standing or above, and must have demonstrated the ability to make an outstanding contribution to entomology in Saskatchewan. A student may receive the prize only once.
Applications need to be submitted by October 1st of each year. Students who wish to apply for the scholarship should send their academic record, a list of publications, and a statement of interests, activities and accomplishments related to entomology to
2016: Congratulations to Stephen Srayko, M.Sc. candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on the seasonal migration of corixids (commonly known as water boatmen) between wetland and river habitats in the Great Plains, and how this wetland based subsidy is important to the diets of riverine fish species. Arthur Brooks's key, the "Aquatic and Semiaquatic Heteroptera of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba" (Brooks and Kelton, 1967) has also been instrumental to his work.
Left: Tyler Wist; Centre: Dave Halstead; Right: Stephen Srayko
2015: Congratulations to Edyta Sieminska, PhD. candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan. Edyta's work focuses on the pheromone ecology of several distinct populations of the bertha armyworm.
Left: Doug Baldwin; Centre: Edyta Sieminska; Right: Dave Halstead
2014: Congratulations to Marianna Horn, PhD. candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan. Marianna's research examines learning in damselflies
Left: Dave Halstead; Centre: Marianna Horn; Right: Doug Baldwin
2013: Congratulations to Brittney Hoemsen, MSc. candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan. Brittney's research is concerned examines changes to benthic invertebrates community in response to sediment deposition in the northern great plains.
Left: Brittney Hoemsen; Right: Jeff Boone
2012: Congratulations to Iain Phillips, PhD. candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan. Iain's research is concerned with ecological assessment of benthic invertebrates in the South Saskatchewan River system.
Left: Iain Phillips; Right: Cedric Gillott
2008: Congratulations to Umut Toprak, M.Sc. candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan and winner of the A.R. Brooks Award in 2008. Umut’s thesis work is on intestinal mucins in the peritrophic matrix, an acellular, semi-permeable structure composed of chitin and proteins that lines the midgut of many insects.
Left: Dwayne Hegedus; Right: Umut Toprak
2006: Congratulations to Tyler Wist, M.Sc. candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan and winner of the A.R. Brooks Award in 2006. Tyler’s thesis work is on the pollination biology of Echinacea angustifolia and E. purpurea (Asteraceae) in Saskatchewan. Much of his work focuses on identifying the major pollinators of Echinacea in Saskatchewan and elucidating the pollination efficiency of individual insect species on the capitulum of Echinacea. In addition to his insect work on Echinacea, Tyler also studied pollinator attractants such as nectar and pollen and performed a microscopic study of the floral nectaries of both of these Echinacea species. Tyler is supervised by Dr. Art Davis.
Left to right: Dwayne Hegedus, Cedric Gillott, Tyler Wist, Art Davis
2005: Congratulations to Mr. Daniel Contreras who won the A.R. Brooks Award in 2005. Daniel is an M.Sc. candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Regina. Daniel’s graduate work deals with the molecular systematics and evolution of the grasshopper subfamily Gomphocerinae, and is being supervised by Prof. William Chapco.
Left to right: William Chapco, Daniel Contreras, Phil Currie
2004: Nina Mohr of the Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan: Supervised by Dr. Jack Gray, Nina’s PhD work focuses on the flight and neuroethology of locusts in a swarm.
2003: Mano Benjamin of the Department of Biology, University of Sasktchewan: Supervised by Dr. Cedric Gillott and Dr. Martin Erlandson. Mano completed her M.Sc. work on the effect of Spinosad on flea beetles.