The Bruner Club, named after Lawrence Bruner - the first department chairman - is a social and academic club for entomology graduate students. The club has seven student officers and two faculty advisers. Officers are elected each April to serve a one-year term and faculty advisers serve a two-year term. The Bruner Club aims to support and serve entomology graduate students and the Nebraska community in multiple ways. The club has formed various committees such as outreach, fundraising, information, education, social, and welcome to perform all the activities competently. This also allows students to showcase their interests and skills in the department.
The club provides community outreach through presentations at the Lincoln Children's Zoo, Pioneers Park Nature Center, K-12 schools, and others to teach the public about the ecological importance of arthropods and promote interest in both entomology and UNL. Social gatherings such as the departmental summer barbecue, international potluck, holiday parties, and collecting trips are sponsored annually by the club and serve to promote camaraderie and strengthen bonds among graduate students and all department members.
The Bruner Club sponsors seminars and workshops for professional development and fostering of mental health and emotional well-being of students. These activities are self-funded through fundraising via honey, t-shirt, and craft sales.
The Bruner Club also organizes professional development events in collaboration with other departmental graduate student associations.
Club members are active in professional organizations such as the Entomological Society of America, where they present papers or symposia and regularly participate in the Linnaean Games, an insect quiz bowl competition at regional and national entomology meetings. The Bruner Club is also responsible for the selection and presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award every two years and seminar invitation presented to an exemplary Nebraska Entomology alumnus/alumna, along with coordinating the Alumni Dinner - a dinner held every four years when alumni from across the country return to UNL to reconnect and celebrate our departmental accomplishments.
Bruner Club calls for Alumni Award Nominations
First Entomology Department Head,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2022-23 Bruner Club Officers
(Elected each April)
President - Heena Puri
Vice-President - Natasha Hiromi Umezu
Secretary - Sanket Shinde
Treasurer - Hannah Stowe
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Representative - Mika da Silva Lima
Seminar Committee Student Representative -Pragya Gupta
Representative to North Central Branch of Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the UNL Student Affairs Committee: Andrea Rilakovic
Student Representative to the Faculty - Shianne Lindsay
2022-23 Bruner Club Committees
(Selected each fall)
Social - Sanket Shinde (chair) & Pragya Gupta (co-chair), April LeBaron, Edith Ikuze and Ariel Dawdy
Fundraising - Hannah Stowe, Mika da Silva Lima, Sanket Shinde and Andrea Rilakovic
Computer - Shianne Lindsay
Outreach - Pragya Gupta, April LeBaron, Sanket Shinde and Shianne Lindsay
Education - Andrea Rilakovic, Heena Puri and Pragya Gupta