Student Spotlight: Rogan Tokach

Rogan Tokach
Meet Rogan Tokach, master's degree in entomology student from Abilene, Kansas graduating in May.
September 27, 2021

Hometown: Abilene, Kansas

Major: Entomology, Master’s Degree

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2022

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

UNL has a very strong honey bee program that I wanted to be a part of. Everyone that I met when I visited the bee lab was very passionate about working with bees. Now that I am here, their excitement has helped encourage me to work harder myself.

What is your favorite thing about University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

My favorite thing about UNL is the bee lab and the Entomology Department. Everyone that I have been able to meet with has been great to work with. During these times of COVID, it has not been the easiest starting a new program. However, everyone in the Entomology Department has been very accommodating and helpful. Another favorite thing of mine has been working with my two advisors. I am being co-advised by Professor Wu-Smart and Professor Smart and both have gone above and beyond to help get me started in tougher than normal circumstances. 

How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?

Coming to UNL and working as a graduate student in the Entomology Department has led me to working with a diverse group of students from other cultures than mine. I have enjoyed being able to hear things from their perspective as they are able to bring up a point of view that I never thought of. 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?

My favorite class so far has been insecticide toxicology, ENTO 820. I am very interested in how pesticides impact honey bee health so taking a class focused on insecticides and their modes of action is very appealing to me. Professor Velez is very fun to work with in class and has been a great person to learn from. 

What are your plans post-graduation?

After I receive my master’s degree, I plan on pursuing a doctorate degree before continuing my research either in the academic field or an industry sector. I hope to continue research focused on honey bee health, especially pertaining to pesticidal impacts. Honey bees are a great passion of mine and I look forward to continuing my work with them in the future. 

What’s life like outside of school?

Since this is my first semester at UNL, I am still getting situated in Lincoln. COVID has not made meeting people the easiest, but I am trying to get involved in some UNL clubs and organizations. Outside of school, I am a huge sports fan. K-State will always be my first love, but I am working on becoming a Huskers fan. I also enjoy hiking and running. I have enjoyed taking advantage of all the great bike paths around Lincoln.

Rogan has received the following scholarship: Cooper/Emma I. Sharpless Fellowship.