Awards & Honors
Each year the Entomological Society of America, the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation, and the Entomological Foundation 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 Branches page and select your Branch.
Founders' Memorial Award - March 15
ESA Fellows and Honorary Member Awards - March 15
ESA Professional Awards, Early Career Awards, and Student Awards - June 1
ESA Certification Corporation Awards - June 1
Entomological Foundation Awards - June 1
The purpose of Honorary Members is to emphasize the high value that the ESA places on service by its members. This award 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.
The purpose of this award is to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to entomology and thereby highlight their career accomplishments to inspire all entomologist. They need not be members of the Society. View previous winners.
The purpose of this award is two-fold: to honor the legacy of a scientist who made contributions that had a significant impact on the field of entomology and to bring attention to a current entomologist with outstanding credentials in a similar field who can present an informative and engaging lecture at the ESA Annual Meeting. 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.
Early Career Professional Awards
The purpose of this grant is to provide 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.
The Kirby L. Hays Memorial Award is sponsored by ESA-SEB. One award is given each year to an outstanding M.S. student. The recipient is recognized with a $200 cash award and a plaque at the annual Branch meeting.
The purpose of this ESA award is to encourage graduate students working with insects or other arthropods in the broad areas of physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to affiliate with ESA's Integrative Physiological and Molecular Insect Systems 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 Monsanto Company, 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.
ESA Section Awards
Every year, ESA invites entomologists, insect enthusiasts, and both professional and amateur videographers to showcase the world of insect science through video. All entries are showcased on the ESA YouTube Channel, and videos are judged for their creativity, entomological accuracy, sound quality, video quality, and editing. Winning video teams earn cash prizes and are honored at the ESA Annual Meeting.
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.
Entomological Foundation Awards
The Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor was established in 2007 and it is the highest award presented by the Foundation. It is given only to those who have made outstanding contributions toward fulfillment of the Foundation’s mission or entomological outreach. View previous winners.
This award recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools in grades K-6 and grades 7-12. View previous winners.