ESA Founders' Memorial Award

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.

The Founders' Memorial Award was established in 1958. The awardee receives $1,000 and an inscribed plaque, as well as gratis registration to the ESA Annual Meeting in the year the award is given. The awardee must deliver the Founders' Memorial Lecture and receive the award at the annual meeting.

All nominators and nominees will be required to sign the professional conduct disclosure form. 
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The presenter of the memorial lecture must be a current ESA member and have a record of accomplishment in entomology. The scientist, who is being honored in memoriam, must have made major contributions that have had a significant impact on entomology.

Previous Winners

Please click here to see a list of those who have previously received this award and their honorees.

Electronic Submission Requirements

All nomination packages must be submitted electronically according to the following specifications (paper nominations will not be accepted):

Page Limits

  • The entire nomination package must not exceed 20 pages total. This includes letters of nomination or recommendation and publication lists.

  • Letters of nomination and recommendation must be included in the electronic package. Printed letters sent in lieu of electronic versions will not be accepted.

File Specifications

  • Only the following file formats will be accepted: PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format), RTF (Rich Text Format), TIF graphic files, or JPG graphic files. Files created on either PC or MAC platforms will be accepted. Please make sure scanned images can be clearly read on a computer screen.

  • Font size for text may not be smaller than 10 point.

  • The nomination site requires a single nomination packet via one PDF file. If you do not have software to merge the documents, please send all of your files to for assistance.

Submission Methods

Nomination packages may be submitted by either of two methods:

  • PREFERRED METHOD: Submit online via the Nomination Submission Website. This method eliminates problems associated with e-mailing large files. Nominators are strongly encouraged to use this method.

  • E-mail the nomination package as attached files to the awards administrator. In the submission e-mail, please include the title of the award in the subject of the e-mail. In the body of the e-mail, provide the name of the nominee, the nominator's contact information, and a list of the attached files.

Nomination Requirements

Any ESA member may submit nominations for this award. The nomination package must include:

  1. A 1-2 page nomination letter indicating the basis of the nomination by describing the scientific, educational, and/or extension contributions of both the entomologist nominated to present the Founders' Memorial Lecture and the entomologist to be honored in memoriam

  2. A brief biographical sketch of awardee and honoree

  3. A list of publications or other suitable documentation of achievements in entomology for both awardee and honoree

  4. Three letters of recommendation for the awardee


Nomination packages must be received by ESA headquarters by March 16


Any candidate nominated, but not selected, may be renominated no more than two times within the two-year period after his/her initial submission. Nomination packages will be retained for two years by the awards administrator. Nominators must send a letter of renomination to the awards administrator by the nomination 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.


All candidates and their nominators will be notified of the results once the awardee and honoree have been selected.

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