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The Student Symposium, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020, has been cancelled. Email the TEA if there are questions.

2009 Symposium
Participants at the symposium
(Photo by Don Davis)

Every year in March, we hold our annual Student Symposium at the Ramsay Wright Zoological Building at the University of Toronto.
Graduate students, senior undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to present either a talk or a poster. Everyone is welcome to attend. The audience is a good mix of professional and amateur entomologists who provide a large forum for the students.

Students interested in participating should contact Doug Currie, academic co-ordinator of the symposium at dc.currie@utoronto.ca with a provisional title. He will discuss whether a talk or poster is feasible. We aim for 6 talks and 10 posters and would like to cover a broad range of topics. Slots for the talks often fill up quickly.

Talks will be limited to 12 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions. Posters must be of reasonable size - 3 to 4 feet - and be capable of being attached to the walls without damaging them. Abstracts of the talks and posters (250 words) will be published in the TEA newsletter Ontario Insects.

Deadline for applying to participate at the next symposium is March 2021.

Research Grant

The TEA also offers a $800 research award for students.

A Typical Symposium

In 2018, the Symposium included the following talks and posters(agenda, abstracts):


Jessica Browne, University of Toronto
Sexual selection on female ground weta leads to female ornaments and post-copulatory sexual selection in males 

Mohammad Arshad Imrit, York University
What is the extent of negative selection in social insects?

Matt Muzzatti, University of Guelph
Entomophagy – An exploration of the world’s oldest sustainable superfood

Alex Proulx, Brock University
Eusocial Behaviours of the Solitary Sweat Bee Lasioglossum zonulum in the Niagara Region

Catherine Scott, University of Toronto
The amazing race: how male black widows find females faster

Lydia Wong, University of Toronto
The earlier the better? Reproductive timing and individual fitness in a solitary bee



Korrawat Attasaopa, Chiang Mai University
Resolving a problematic group of stingless bees in the Lepidotrigona ventralis species group in Thailand (Hymenoptera: Apidae) with the help of DNA barcoding

Sumaya Dano, Ajay David, Nimra Javaid, Dilakshan Srikanthan, Amanda Yee, N. Singh, C. Scott, & M.C.B. Andrade, University of Toronto
Eaten out of house and home? Effects of cohabiting offspring on fitness of female black widow spiders

Aleksandra Dolezal, University of Guelph
Farming with nature: using restored prairie grasslands to enhance beneficial insect abundance and richness in agricultural landscapes

Ilia Maria Ferzoco, University of Toronto
Co-occurring insect congeners respond differently to cues of predation risk: an experiment in semi-aquatic adult backswimmers (Heteroptera: Notonectidae)

Nuria Morfin, University of Guelph
Effect of stressors on social immunity in the honey bee (Apis mellifera)

Negar Mir Sharifi, York University
Phylogenetic Analysis and Description of Nine New Species of the Bee Genus Liphanthus Reed with Two Submarginal Cells