Awards & Honors

Each year the Entomological Society of America and the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation provide annual honors and awards to recognize scientists, educators, and students, who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to entomology.

   

Below is a list of the current awards that are being offered.  For additional information on how to nominate someone click on the award name.  To see an overview list of the awards, view the Awards Eligibility Grid.

ESA's Branches also offer a variety of awards for Branch members. For more information on Branch awards, visit ESA's Awards Branches page and select your Branch.

2021 Awards Deadlines
  • Honorary Member Awards - April 19
  • Founders' Memorial Award - April 19
  • Fellows - April 19
    Please note that there are some changes this year to the awards nomination process.  Be sure to review the Fellows page for updated information.
  • Professional Awards, Early Career Awards, and Student Awards - June 1
  • Certification Corporation Awards - June 1

Professional Awards

Honorary Membership recognizes extraordinary service by ESA members who have had significant involvement in the affairs of the Society for at least 20 years. View previous winners.

Fellows of ESA are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to entomology— via research, teaching, extension, administration, military service, and public engagement and science policy —and whose career accomplishments serve to inspire all entomologists. They need not be members of the Society. View previous winners.

The Founders’ Memorial Award honors two people at once, giving an entomologist with outstanding credentials the opportunity to present a keynote lecture at the ESA Annual Meeting to showcase the posthumous legacy of a scientist whose work made a significant impact in entomology. View previous winners.

This award, sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection, shall be made on the basis of outstanding contributions that relate directly to Integrated Pest Management (IPM). View previous winners.

This award recognizes creative entomologist who have demonstrated the ability to find alternative solutions to problems that significantly impact entomology. View previous winners.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to extension entomology. View previous winners.

The purpose of this award is to honor the role of entomological education as a basis for the entire discipline by recognizing an ESA member who is deems to the most outstanding educator of the year. View previous winners.

NEW 2021 AWARD 

This award honors a member or member’s team for creating and promoting a diverse and welcoming environment for entomologists in their university, place of employment, or community.

Early Career Professional Awards

This grant provides research funds to postdoctoral ESA members who have at least one year of promising work experience, are undertaking research in selected areas of insect control, and have demonstrated a high level of scholarship. View previous winners.

This award honors young professionals working within the field of entomology who have demonstrated innovation through contributions within any area of specialization (research, teaching, extension, product development, public service, etc.). View previous winners.

This award is given to a student transition or early professional who excels in entomological education.  View previous winners.

This award is given to a student transition or early professional who excels in entomological extension. View previous winners.

This award recognizes a student transition or early professional who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of entomology.  View previous winners.

This award honors a student transition or early professional working within the field of entomology who has demonstrated excellence, leadership, and creativity in outreach and public engagement.  View previous winners.

Student Awards

NEW 2021 AWARD

This award will grants up to five master’s students and five doctoral students from each ESA Section (two from P-IE) to showcase their research in the Rising Stars of Entomology Award Symposium (RSEAS) at the ESA Annual Meeting. This award is intended for graduate students who are near the end of their programs. 

NEW 2021 Award

This grant honors four students currently enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI), to promote interest in entomology and to stimulate interest in attending the ESA Annual Meeting.

This award encourages graduate students working with insects or other arthropods in the broad areas of physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to affiliate with ESA's Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology Section and to attend the ESA Annual Meeting. View previous winners.

This ESA award recognizes Dr. Larry Larson's role as a leader and pioneer in insect management and carries that legacy to the next generation of leaders in applied entomology. View previous winners.

Sponsored by Bayer Crop Science, this award will be presented annually to recognize a student for outstanding contributions to the Society, his/her academic department, and the community, while still achieving academic excellence. View previous winners.

These six awards are given to one graduate student from each ESA Branch to promote interest in entomology at the graduate level and to stimulate interest in attending the ESA Annual Meeting.  View previous winners.

Science Communication Award

The ESA Science Communication Award honors impactful and innovative communication projects or programs that engage diverse public audiences with entomology-related scientific information.

ESA Certification Corporation Awards

The purpose of the award is to recognize superior contributions of an ACE in the field of structural pest management.  View previous winners.

The purpose of this award is to encourage, recognize, and reward outstanding contributions to the ESA Certification Program and the professionalism of entomology. View previous winners.

This award recognizes and encourages outstanding entomology graduate students with interest in the mission of the ESA certification program. View previous winners.

Visit Discontinued Awards for a list of awards that are no longer being offered.