Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees Scholars

Since 2005, the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., has awarded scholarships to allow graduate students in apiculture to attend the annual North American Beekeeping Conference. Attendance at this national gathering provides the recipients an opportunity to meet other researchers and beekeepers and to present their research at the meeting. The intent of the scholarships is to foster professional development for young apicultural scientists. Scholarships are available to all graduate students. Graduate students at universities outside the U.S. are invited to apply.

The annual request for applications is made in August. To ensure that you receive the announcement, email your request to


Congratulations to our 2014 Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees Scholars!
Their papers will be featured in an issues of the ABF
 E-Buzz during 2014. 


  Katy Evans

Katy Evans is a second year Master’s student at the University of Delaware Wildlife and Entomology department working with Dr. Deborah

Delaney. Her apiculture career began in 2008, when she began working on a project that was investigating an alternative method of African

bee identification, and Automatic Bee Identification System (ABIS). This led to her becoming a certified African honey bee lab technician for

the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In between her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she worked as a research

assistant investigating gene expression in both developing maize kernels and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, and as an apiary assistant working on

multiple projects focused on small hive beetle and varroa mite control. Her current project is titled ‘An Integrated Program Using Non-Chemical

Controls to Manage Parasites in Honey Bee Colonies’. This project is approaching its third field season in the spring of 2014.

Read Katy's Paper


  Maria Kirrane

Maria Kirrane is in the final year of her PhD program at University College Cork in Ireland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Ecology, her main

interests being the effects of invasive species on ecosystems. This, combined with a fascination in honey bee behavior, led her to pursue research

in the area of the varroa mite. Her PhD research investigates grooming and varroa sensitive hygienic behaviors in Russian and Italian honey bees.

Maria hopes that by gaining a better understanding of these behaviors it will be possible to better detect and breed for them. She is co-supervised

by Dr Lilia de Guzman at the USDA ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has spent two

summers carrying out experiments at this lab.

Read Maria's Paper


  Ian Lane

Ian Lane is a master’s degree student. Together with Professors Marla Spivak and Eric Watkins he has been exploring the different plants and

methods that will lead to a bee friendly lawn seed mix. By expanding foraging opportunities for bees in new landscapes, such as urban and

commercial lawns, Ian hopes to improve colony health and productivity for bee keepers in areas with high proportions of mowed land. After

completing his master’s degree, Lane hopes to continue investigating solutions for honey bees through research and outreach.

Read Ian's Paper


  Megan Taylor

Megan Taylor earned her MS degree at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) under the advisement of Dr. Ernesto Guzman. Her Master’s

thesis was focused on improving techniques for the cryopreservation of honey bee germplasm, and it was during that time that Megan fell for

the honey bee. She is presently obtaining her PhD at Washington State University (Pullman, WA) with Dr. Walter S. Sheppard as her advisor. Her

current research is focused on assessing the genetic diversity of Old World honey bee populations as a potential resource for U.S. bee breeding

efforts. Megan is delighted to be one of the recipients of the Foundation’s scholarship and looks forward to participating in this year’s conference.  

Read Megan's Paper


  Ellen Topitzhofer

Ellen Topitzhofer is a master’s degree student at Oregon State University studying with Dr. Ramesh Sagili. Her work explores the effects of pollen

diversity on honey bee health and nutrition.

Read Ellen's Paper









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