Virginia Tech's first entomologist was W. B. Alwood - 1888 to 1904. A dedicated Department of Entomology was established in 1959. Our focus is to develop innovative solutions and provide expertise to address the impact that insects and related arthropods have on the commonwealth, nation, and the world. It is our responsibility to educate and train future generations of entomologists to improve the quality of life. Emphasis is on food security, resilience, health, and sustainability. These efforts involve the three missions of teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement.
The W.B. Alwood Entomological Society is our graduate student group, providing social and athletic outlets for our students as well as community outreach and support.The society was established in the entomology department in 1964. Since then they have hosted over 30,000 school-aged children to department tours and events.
The Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has come a long way since Virginia Tech's modest beginnings when Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College first opened its doors in 1872. Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and extension, the college has been instrumental in helping agriculture and other life science industries make significant strides in improving people's lives.
A major sponsor of the Hokie BugFest, Virginia 4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 4-H is rich with learning experiences where young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.