2009 Hodson Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. Sujaya Rao

Dr. Sujaya Rao

Associate Professor
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Oregon State University

Dr. Sujaya Rao was named Hodson Award recipient for 2009 and presented her lecture on Integrating Native Bee Research with 'Outside the Box' Learning Opportunities

Dr. Rao is an entomologist of many talents. She is an outspoken advocate of the Entomology Program at Oregon State University. Her research is centered on agricultural entomology with a strong emphasis on the grass seed industry in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Rao has deposited a number of voucher specimens in OSAC and is currently working on a large project with W.P. Stephen on local bumblebee populations; a study that made use of the historical material housed at OSAC.

In addition to her research, Dr. Rao is a tireless supporter of entomology outreach - working with the NSF K-12 program, OSU's SMILE program and serving as the Faculty advisor for the undergraduate organization: BugZoo.