Excellence in Early Career Award

This award honors a student transition or early professional member working within the field of entomology who has demonstrated excellence in all the major aspects of intellectual life, including research, extension, teaching and outreach. The candidate will have made outstanding contributions to entomology, shown commitment to extension or outreach, and excelled in entomological education. The recipient will receive complimentary registration to the PB-ESA Annual Meeting and an award plaque.

Eligibility Requirements
The nominee must be a current member of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America, and be registered as a student-transition or early career member, who is no more than five years out from earning their terminal degree (B.S., M.S. or Ph.D.) working within the field of entomology. The nominee may belong to any area of entomology, but must be practicing entomology.  Applying to the national awards targeting ECP members does not preclude consideration for this branch-specific award.

Nomination packages should include:

  1. CV including Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 detailed on the ESA website (http://www.entsoc.org/awards/cv_template) (Background information, Research, Teaching, Extension/Outreach, Service: limit to 2 pages, plus peer-reviewed publications)
  2. Statement written by the nominee addressing how the candidate merits this award by touching on each major area covered (research, teaching, outreach/outreach, and service), no longer than two pages
  3. 2 letters of support
  4. Letter of nomination

Nomination Process 
Submit the award nomination packet through the Pacific Branch Award Nomination Website.

File Specifications
Only PDF files will be accepted.  Supporting image files should be embedded into the document, and should be of sufficient resolution for easy viewing. All nomination packets are limited to a maximum of 20 pages. (Any reprints are not included in the 20 page limit.)

Evaluation Criteria:Nominees will be judged using the following criteria for a total of 100 points:

1.      Research in Entomology (25 points total)

    a.  Quality and quantity of contributions (7) (e.g. Importance to the field of entomology, broader impacts, publication record)
    b.  Originality and creativity used to achieve the contributions (7)
    c.  Scope and breadth of relevance of the contributions to science and society (7)
    d.  Letters of support (4)

2.   Teaching in Entomology (25 points total)

    a.  Quality of contributions (e.g. number and type(s) of program(s) or class(es) taught)(7)
    b.  Originality and creativity used to achieve the contributions (7)
    c.  Scope and breadth of relevance of the contributions to science and society (7)
    d.  Letters of support (4)

3.   Outreach and Extension in Entomology (25 points total)

    a.  Quality and quantity of contributions (e.g. number and type(s) of program(s) or class(es) taught, diversity of people reached, extension publications)(7)
    b.  Originality and creativity used to achieve the contributions (7)
    c.  Scope and breadth of relevance of the contributions to science and society (7)
    d.  Letters of support (4)        

4.   Engagement with the Scientific Community (25 points total)

    a. Participation and leadership in professional societies (25)

Deadline
Nomination packages must be received by the ESA Awards Administrator via the Pacific Branch Nomination Website by Monday February 6, 2017 at 12:00 Midnight. This deadline refers to receipt by the Awards Administrator of a complete package in a readable format. In addition, a notification of intent to nominate is requested by Monday December 19, 2016 via email to charles.burks@ars.usda.gov

Questions
Any questions regarding the award or nomination process please email Chuck Burks or contact at (559)596-2757.