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This Entomological Foundation award was established by an endowment from donations by Kenneth J. and Barbara Starks and additional donors. Made annually, it consists of a plaque and a research grant, the amount of which is based on the earnings from the investment. The recipient is presented with the award at the ESA Annual Meeting.
The grant is awarded to a graduate student in entomology or plant breeding/genetics for innovative research that contributes significantly to knowledge of plant resistance to insects. This grant, which may be renewed, may be used for salaries, equipment, supplies, or travel to initiate, accelerate, augment, or expand a research project. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a candidate for a Master's or doctoral degree at an accredited university. The recipient is encouraged to present the research results at an ESA meeting and is required to acknowledge the grant in publications resulting from these funds.
Please click hereto see a list of those who have previously received this award.
Electronic Submission Requirements
All nomination packages must be submitted electronically according to the following specifications (paper nominations will not be accepted):
Nomination packages may be submitted by either of two methods:
Nominations may be made by anyone. Nomination packages for this award must include:
Nominators must provide the information called for in the CV template, either in the template's format or in their own format. To view the CV-related nomination requirements for this award, as well as the CV template, please click here.
§ Letter of nomination
§ Title, duration, and background information concerning the significance of the proposed research to the field of plant resistance to insects (one-page)
§ Materials and budget (one-page)
§ Up to three letters of recommendation
Nominees/candidates will be judged using the following criteria for a total of 80 points:
Application/nomination packages must be received by the awards administrator by July 1. This deadline refers to receipt of a complete package in a readable format. Therefore, early submission is highly recommended. The awards administrator will confirm receipt of nomination packages within two business days, and also notify nominators of any problems with nomination package files within that time.
Any candidate nominated, but not selected, may be renominated no more than two times within the two-year period after his/her initial submission. Renomination packages will be retained for two years by the awards administrator. Nominators must send a letter of renomination to the awards administrator by the award deadline above. Previously submitted documentation will be used for the evaluation process unless the nominator submits new or updated documents. The renomination e-mail must contain this additional documentation. New or updated documents must follow the electronic submission requirements noted above.
The awards administrator will notify all candidates and their nominators, where applicable, with the results of their application approximately two months after the application/nomination submission deadline.
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