Giving

Donate to the Entomology general fund

Donating to your department of entomology is easy! Visit MSU's donation website to contribute to Entomology’s operations and activities. Contributing to this general fund gives us flexibility to use funds as needed. You may also select a specific named fund if you wish. Below are some of the named funds that support Entomology’s activities. Thanks very much for supporting your department of entomology! 

Travel award recipients thanking donors
Recipients of the J.E. and Jean M. McPherson Graduate Student Travel Awards meet and thank the McPhersons.

Donate to a specific named fund

MSU Department of Entomology has funds and endowments designed to provide greater graduate study and outreach opportunities for our students and community. Simply click on the fund of your choice from the list below to donate. To mail a donation, see the instructions at the bottom of this webpage.

  • A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection Fund
  • Bug House Fund for operations and activities.
  • Department of Entomology Endowment Fund. Long-term financial support from interest on invested funds for the Department, Bug House, scholarships, and the AJ Cook Arthropod Research Collection.
  • Entomology Scholarship Fund for the department’s undergraduate and graduate students as well as for the Insect World Science Camp held in July each year for youth.
  • Enviro-weather Service Fund. Enviro-weather links MSU’s weather data with tools for decision-making. The web-based tools help farmers, landscapers and gardeners with decisions such as: the potential for plant disease or insect pest occurrence; whether frost damage is likely; and best time to plant, spray, irrigate, or harvest.
  • Gene Thompson Memorial Fund. Thompson was a former acting director of the Plant Industry Division at the Michigan Department of Agriculture. This fund was established in his honor to purchase Cornell drawers and cabinets for the AJ Cook Arthropod Research Collection. During his lifetime, Gene's special interest was noctuidae in Michigan. He greatly appreciated the excellent reference collection that the AJ Cook Collection provided. Each drawer purchased bears a plate with the following inscription: In memory of Gene Thompson, Gift of [name of donor].
  • Gordon E. Guyer Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund in Aquatic Entomology
  • Merritt Endowed Fellowship in Entomology Fund. Provides fellowships for graduate students in Aquatic Entomology.
  • Michigan Pollinator Initiative. Our mission is to develop a coordinated research, education, extension and policy driven effort to address priority issues related to pollinators and pollination in Michigan. MSU works with partners around the state in pursuit of research-based solutions for beekeepers, growers, land managers and policy makers to promote economic vitality and ecological stability. All donations go directly towards projects that benefit pollinators in Michigan and around the country.
  • Ray and Bernice Hutson Scholarship FundThis Endowment supports graduate and undergraduate student travel to professional meetings, student research grant programs, student facilities, computers and other necessities.
  • Scriber Scholars in Butterfly Biology and Conservation fund. An endowment providing scholarships to undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students involved in basic butterfly/moth research and outreach activities. Also may be used to assist with travel for these purposes.

How to mail a donation

Gifts may also be mailed to:
University Development
Michigan State University
300 Spartan Way
East Lansing, MI 48824-1005

Please make your check payable to "Michigan State University" and be sure to include the name of the fund you wish to support on the memo line of your check. Thank you for helping us help others!