Harry Scott Smith Endowed Fund in Entomology
Graduate Student Support
History and Purpose:
It is the intent of the Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, to establish an endowed fund with the UC Riverside Foundation, a California non-profit corporation, with the provisions outlined below. Gift, cash or marketable securities having a fair market value on the dates of the gifts from various donors ("Gift Funds") will establish the Harry Scott Smith Endowed Fund in Entomology ("Fund"). The Fund will help support graduate student training in biological control at UC Riverside.
Harry S. Smith first used the phrase "Biological Control" in August 1919 at an Economic Entomologists meeting at the Mission Inn in Riverside and is credited with bringing entomological training in biological control to California for the first time. Along with four colleagues, in 1923 he moved from Sacramento to Riverside to work at the Citrus Experiment Station - which later became the cornerstone of the UC Riverside campus- and formed the Division of Beneficial Insect Investigations. By 1969, the Division of Biological Control had been established, offering the only graduate training in biological control in the world. In 1988, this division became part of UCR's Department of Entomology. "Prof. Harry," as he was affectionately known, passed away in 1957. He is fondly remembered by his students as a patient and generous supervisor, and by his peers as the Father of Biological Control.
The Harry Scott Smith Fund advances the science of biological control of pests and agriculture through support of lectureships, graduate and undergraduate scholarships and fellowships, summer assistance for high school students, or other appropriate ways in which the Chair in the Department of Entomology may find will best contribute to progress in the field. Student assistance from the fund will enable UCR to continue to attract, recruit and train high quality students for this field critical to Southern California.
Harry S. Smith was born in 1883 to a poor farming family in Nebraska. He was trained in Biological Control in the northeast U.S.A. where he worked on the biological control of gypsy moth with the USDA. Upon his appointment to Sacramento in 1913 to work on biological control issues important to California, Smith brought recognized entomological training in biological control to California for the first time.
The phrase "biological control" was first used by Smith in August 1919 at the meeting of Pacific Slope Branch of the American Association of Economic Entomologists at the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside.
Based on his experiences on biological control of forest and pasture pests, Smith brought caution and tempered exaggeration about biological control in California as he worked with citrus growers and other commodity groups.
In 1923, Smith and four colleagues moved from Sacramento to the University of California, Riverside campus which had evolved from the Citrus Experiment Station (est. 1906). There he formed the Division of Beneficial Insect Investigations which was a unit distinct from the Division of Entomology. He encouraged research and work on applied and practical aspects of biological control.
Smith went on to create the Department of Biological Control which offered the only graduate training in Biological Control in the world. The Department of Biological Control became the Division of Biological Control in 1969 which then merged into Department of Entomology at UC Riverside in 1988.
Professor Harry passed away in 1957 and left UC Riverside $15,000 to develop a scholarship fund to support training and education in biological control.
Selection and Guidelines:
The Gift Funds shall be used to establish an endowment fund ("Fund") to be used for the benefit and support of graduate students studying biological control in the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside, in accordance with established University policy.
The Fund shall be used to advance the science of biological control of pests affecting agriculture, urban, and natural areas. Funds may support travel for graduate students to attend conferences to present results of research conducted at UC Riverside, research stipends, and specialized training that assists biological control research efforts at UC Riverside.