My objective in taking upmasters program in entomology at Penn State University is to gain advancedknowledge and translation of research understandings into practice. I hope toaccomplish this goal through advanced courses and research work, and a master’sdegree is fundamental in helping me to achieve this goal. I graduated fromInstitute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University thispast December with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. My studying at IAASled me to develop an interest in entomology specifically in Integrated PestManagement Programs. Basically, I am an undergraduate of Agriculture (a 4-yearcourse), which is a very broad field. It has givenme an excellent background in Horticulture, Agronomy, Entomology, Plant pathology,Agricultural Economics, Principle of Economy, Sociology, Social Mobilization andExtension, Soil Science, Animal Science, Sustainable and Mountain Agriculture andStatistics.
Among variety of subject Istudied, Entomology got my enormous attention as I was fascinated with varietyand unique features of insects related with agricultural crop. I came acrossthe scope and importance of Integrated Pest Management Program as I got anopportunity to learn more about it in the course provided Principles andPractices of Insect-Pest Management on one of the semester. Penn StateUniversity offers all of the additional and advanced information, being one ofthe most-established entomology departments in the United States with deepreaching roots in the field. Additionally, the graduate program at Penn Stateoffers students the possibility to conduct research with some of the bestfaculty in the country.
I have conducted researchprogram for my academic mini thesis on Integrated Pest Management with pesticideseffect on the insect pests. I have spend my most of the research hour in lablearning the life cycle and stage identification of particular biologicalpredator insect and pesticide exposure on its various life stage, etc. Fromthis research my additional interest increased on how this management programby integrating biological control help more efficiently for proper foodproduction.
I am also interested to know to what extent or proportionbeneficial insect help in succeeding this IPM program in a sustainable wayamong various agronomical and horticultural crops. I also want to focus on theeffect of different pesticides on the beneficial as well as harmful insect forparticular crop so that updated ETL or EIL level can be known at currentrapidly changing environment. Working as an intern or volunteer in NationalAgricultural Research Council (NARC), I was attracted on rearing of differentinsects under lab conditions and their reproduction capabilities.
By thisvolunteering opportunity I got to learn and know different research procedureconducted nationally over my country. I helped many of my friends in theirresearch program, case study, surveys, and insect collection projects. Theseexperiences was invaluable in teaching me the necessary skills to work efficientlyand cope with various challenges in fieldwork, lab environment, data collectionand implementing techniques underunheralded circumstances. There is a widespreadfield of the findings of the proposed study to be implemented in Nepal.
AsNepal is the country having tremendous geographic diversity. It rises from aslow as 60 m Tropical Terai to 8848m Everest (the highest peak). So there ishumongous diversity of insects in every region of different agricultural crop. It was reported among 5,052 numbers of speciesof insects reported from Nepal 1,131 Number of species described from Nepalcollection (IUCCN Portals- An Inventory of Nepal’s Insects, vol 1, 1997).
Thereare very few research station conducting entomology program for agriculturalcrops so it is necessary to develop at least one research lab in each region.For different regions different management techniques are necessary, lab conditionfor extreme cold and hot region is necessary for trials and recommendation. Asmany farmers are still unaware of IPM tactics, disadvantages of regularpesticide exposure to their health they still has a wrong belief aboutpesticide, lack of awareness or belief that biological control can also controlpest problem, different beneficial insects are yet to be discovered, studiedand reared, importing beneficial insect for rearing and its inseminationpractice is also necessary ion Nepal.While attending IAAS Iutilized my time participating various research, helping out seniors and takingup trainings of my course.
As my college was far (7 hours) from my home, Imanaged to continue my undergraduate by taking rent for staying outside the peripheryof college and later in final years got hostel facility of college. My college situated in a rural area, despiteof the management problem I was able to achieve 2.9 GPA managing my time fromcooking to additional management works. My undergraduate experience prepared meto come through such circumstances and I got to develop skills that allow me tosucceed in the face of adversity. This skill will also help me in Graduateprogram at Penn State University. I hope that you will seriously consider me ascandidate for your program. I hope to continue such research in the future, anda graduate degree from Penn State University will be integral in helping me toachieve this. Penn State has the faculty, the graduate program, and thecommunity that would be ideal for conducting research in these fields.
Furthermore Penn State’s Entomology graduate program has a exceptionally strongresearch and extension department as well as focus on various field of entomologymainly IPM programs.Thank you for your timeand for your consideration of my application. I hope that I will be consideredand accepted to the graduate program of entomology fall 2018.
It is anexcellent opportunity that will help me attain my graduate school objectivesand gain more professional knowledge and skills. Agricultural entomologyeducation in Nepal is at its pioneer stage. The oldest institution teaching AgriculturalEntomology in Nepal is Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University(T.U).
Despite of being the oldest institute it lacks certain lab facilities. Theother institutions that are younger and have less facility (in terms of facultymembers and research opportunities) than T.U do. At this moment, there is no properscope for me to have advanced study in my preferred field in Nepal. So, I havethe only option to study abroad. Besides, the universities of the USA arealways in my dream and if it is Penn State University, I will be more thanhappy as I know about its world class standards.
I do possess a great interestin Agricultural Entomology and the application of Integrated Pest Managementprograms in various region and agricultural crops production for an underdeveloped country like Nepal.