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Memorial Scholarship

2020 Recipient - Michael Howe - PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Michael will present at the 2022 meeting TBD

The 2020 recipient of the WFIWC Memorial Scholarship is Michael Howe, a PhD candidate, working with Dr. Ken Raffa at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  Michael’s PhD research is focused on whitebark pine susceptibility to bark beetles.  He has a BA degree in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College and a MS degree in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  His MS thesis involved studies of the role of bacteria in pine engraver host colonization.  He expects to complete his PhD program during the summer of 2020 and will concurrently earn a MS in Biometry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.   Michael will be invited to speak at the next WFIWC to be held in 2022.

Honorees, Donors, and Past Recipients


About the Memorial Scholarship.

In April 1990, Mark Duane McGregor died while conducting forest entomology research in Idaho. He had made many contributions to the field of Forest Entomology particularly in areas of bark beetle management. To memorialize Dr. McGregor, PheroTech Inc (the company for which he worked at the time of his death) and the McGregor family coordinated the establishment of a memorial scholarship fund in Mark McGregor's name.


Acting on that example, colleagues and families of deceased members have donated and raised money in memory of their deceased friends and loved-ones, seeking to memorialize productive lives by contributing to the scholarship of future Forest Entomologists. View the names of honored colleagues and major donors to the Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Western Forest Insect Work Conference has non-profit status and accepts tax-deductible donations for this purpose. Donations may be sent to the WFIWC Treasurer.


In 2000, principal in the scholarship funds had grown to a level that interest generated annually is sufficient to award a scholarship to a worthy student of Forest Entomology. The first award was made in 2001 (view a list of recipients).


View criteria and information necessary for students interested in applying for the next Western Forest Insect Work Conference (WFIWC) scholarship. The application form should be filled out when applying for the scholarship along with all other required information. The deadline for submitting applications for a given year is February 15; for example, the deadline for the 2009 award was February 15, 2009.


Memorial Plaque designed by entomologist John Schmid features the names of deceased honored WFIWC members who have been honored by donations of at least $50, significant donors who have contributed more than $1500 to the fund, and scholarship recipients. The plaque is displayed at annual meetings and includes a record of the many recipients.