Bosque-Pérez Appointed as Interim College of Graduate Studies Dean

Tuesday, July 20 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho has appointed Nilsa A. Bosque-Pérez, professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, to serve an interim appointment as dean of the College of Graduate Studies. She takes up the new post on Aug. 15.

"Nilsa Bosque-Pérez is committed to the interdisciplinary ideals that are at the core of the University of Idaho,” said Doug Baker, provost and executive vice president. “Her scholarship and leadership in the U.S. and abroad, her passion for graduate research and education, and her dedication to research excellence will greatly benefit our faculty, students and institution alike.”

Her duties will include facilitating the activities of several interdisciplinary programs at the university.

Bosque-Pérez joined the University of Idaho faculty in 1997. In addition to her professorship within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, she is an adjunct faculty member in the environmental science program. She has served for nine years as director of the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Research and Education Traineeship (NSF-IGERT) project at the University of Idaho. Since 2001, she has served as an affiliate faculty member in the joint doctoral program between the university and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica. Sought-after as a researcher and collaborator, she has held several visiting appointments, including with Australia’s Department of Primary Industries; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome; Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University; Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia; Texas A&M University; and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria.

“I'm excited and deeply honored to be able to serve our university in this new capacity,” said Bosque-Pérez. “The opportunity to continue to promote excellence in our graduate programs and interdisciplinary efforts, and to create enriching professional development opportunities for our graduate students makes this a uniquely rewarding position.”

Over the course of 13 years at the University of Idaho, Bosque-Pérez has secured more than $7.8 million in extramural support for research as a principal investigator and team member. Active as a scholar, Bosque-Pérez has published more than 130 research proceedings and peer-reviewed journal articles, frequently co-authoring with her students.

She has earned several honors including the Entomological Society of America National Recognition Award in Entomology and a University of Idaho Athena Woman of the Year award. She serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, associate editor of Agroforestry Systems and as a subject editor for the Journal of Economic Entomology.

Bosque-Pérez has a lifelong passion for the mission of land-grant universities; she literally grew up at an Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Puerto Rico where her father served as agronomist-in-charge.

“We will continue to pursue increased enrollments in our graduate programs, enhance interdisciplinary research opportunities for University of Idaho graduate students and faculty, expand international linkages and work to achieve greater diversity in our student body,” she said.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez; and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Davis. Bosque-Pérez’s research focuses on entomology, host plant resistance, insect vectors of plant viruses, sustainability and biodiversity conservation, and her areas of expertise include interdisciplinary graduate education.

Bosque-Pérez succeeds Margrit von Braun, who stepped down from the graduate dean’s position to pursue international research opportunities for the University of Idaho. The appointment is expected to last between 9-12 months.
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The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit