URSA Engage Program 2013
Position Descriptions for Students to Apply For


Faculty Name & Department/School: Dr. Nik Wiman and Dr. Vaughn Walton, Dept. of Horticulture


Research Project Title: A thermal gradient for evaluating temperature-dependent performance of native and imported egg parasitoids of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys


Project Overview: 

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive pest with potential to severely affect Oregon’s agricultural economy (see http://BMSB.hort.oregonstate.edu). One of the most promising management strategies for BMSB is biological control. The egg parasitoid Trissolcus halyomorphae has been imported from Asia and is being evaluated for possible release, and native egg parasitoids have been discovered. To evaluate environmental adaptation of these species, we seek an engineering student to help with design and construction of a temperature gradient table. The table should consist of a series of wells to hold vials of BMSB eggs and parasitoids at temperatures ranging from 10 to 35°C.


What skills will students obtain in this project? 

Student will work independently to apply knowledge of thermodynamics and materials to the design and implementation of a temperature gradient table to fit the needs of scientific application. Student will gain experience working in the laboratory, sourcing materials and labor, and implementing designs.


Student research tasks: 

Design temperature gradient table.

Implement design.

Evaluate design.


Period of work - Spring ONLY


Number of hours per week expected of student:     5-10


Preferred Faculty Contact Information:

Nik Wiman, 4109 ALS, nik.wiman@oregonstate.edu, 737-2534

(note - applications are NOT sent to mentors - see instructions)


q Yes    x No:   Human Subjects 

q Yes    xNo:   Live Vertebrate Animals

q Yes    x  No:   Recombinant DNA Molecules Transgenic Plants or Animal, and/or Infectious Agents of Plants, Animals, or Humans

q Yes    x  No:   Ionizing Radiation

q Yes    x  No:   Chemical Carcinogens

q Yes    x  No:   Scuba Diving, Free Diving

q Yes    x  No:   Small Boating Operations


If you are interested in applying for this position, you MUST complete the student application HERE and email it to Dr. Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Do NOT email your application to the faculty mentor.