Travis J. Prochaska, Student Representative

Travis Prochaska is a PhD student with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His educational background includes a BS from Concordia University, Nebraska (2009) in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Business Administration.  In 2011, he received his MS in Entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2011). He is an active member of the ESA North Central Branch. He attended the North Central Branch Meeting in March 2010 (Louisville, KY). He participated in the student poster competitions (PIE Section) at the Annual ESA meetings in San Diego, CA (2010) and Reno, NV (2011). Recently, he attended the North Central Branch Meeting (2012) in Lincoln, NE and participated in the student paper competition (PIE Section).

Some of his many student volunteer leadership roles include his participation in the Bruner Graduate Student Organization where he has been a member since 2009. Within the organization, he has served as the treasurer (2010-2011) and the vice president (2011-2012). Outside of the graduate organization, he has served as a teaching assistant for the Insect Identification course (2009-Present) and has performed several outreach activities with Nebraska FFA chapters and area schools. Currently, he is helping to establish an insect-focused educational booth at the Farmer’s Market in Lincoln.

His research Interests include the “Characterization of the tolerance response in the soybean KS4202 to Aphis glycines Matsumura” under the direction of Drs. Tiffany Heng-Moss and Thomas Hunt (MS thesis), and the “Biochemical, physiological, and anatomical insights into aphid-bioenergy grass interactions” under the direction of Drs. Tiffany Heng-Moss and Gautam Sarath (PhD dissertation).