ESA Honorary Members

New this year - the nomination process allows and requires single documents to be uploaded one at a time.
Honorary Membership recognizes extraordinary service by ESA members who have had significant involvement in the affairs of the Society for at least 20 years.

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For questions about Honorary Member nominations, please email

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The deadline to submit your complete application is Monday April 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Start an Honorary Member Nomination

Honor Bestowed

Those holding the title of Honorary Member receive complimentary lifetime membership to ESA, as well as complimentary lifetime registration to the ESA Annual Meeting. On request and at no charge, they may also receive American Entomologist. At the Annual Meeting, new Honorary Members are presented with an inscribed plaque and an Honorary Member pin.


Per the ESA Society Policy Manual, honorary membership may be conferred on regular members and emeritus members who:

  1. are in good standing with the Society,
  2. are at least 60 years of age,
  3. have served with distinction in the field of entomology, and
  4. have had significant involvement in the affairs of the Society.

Beyond requirements 1-3 listed above, the most telling criterion for selection as an Honorary Member is the quality of service to ESA. The appropriate level of this service is not any set quantity of volunteer, committee, or governance activities or offices held. Rather, significant involvement is defined by a recognizable level of extraordinary service to, and impact on, the Society over a period of 20 years. Service contributed to multiple activities during concurrent years can be treated as separate contributions. It is the duty of both the nominator(s) to explain and the committee to evaluate the nominee’s record of service and judge whether or not the level of involvement is far above the norm (i.e., extraordinary).

The number of Honorary Members cannot exceed 1 percent of the total ESA membership and, therefore, recipients must reflect the highest level of extraordinary contribution to the Society. If the number of Honorary Members reaches 1 percent of the total membership, the Society may elect only one honoree per year until such time that the total number of honorees is less than 1 percent of the total membership.

Nomination Requirements

Honorary Membership is regarded as a high honor and is not bestowed lightly; proposals should be carefully prepared and factual in their presentation of information about the candidate. Any ESA member may submit a nomination.

All nominators and nominees will be required to sign the professional conduct disclosure form.

The nomination package must include:

  1. Letter of Nomination
  2. Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address of nominee
  3. Date of birth
  4. Academic record (degrees received, dates, and institutions only)
  5. Professional positions (descriptions of positions held, employers, and years held)
  6. Current employer's address
  7. Detailed ESA service record
  8. Highlights of professional activities
  9. Summary of awards, honors, and special recognitions received
  10. Bibliography (a summarized or abbreviated version is acceptable.
  11. Letters from 2-4 individuals endorsing the candidate

Electronic Submission Requirements

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

Page Limits

  • New this year - the nomination process allows and requires single documents to be uploaded one at a time.
  • 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, RTF, TIF graphic files, or JPG graphic files. Please make sure scanned images can be clearly read on a computer screen.
  • Font size for text may not be smaller than 10 point.
  • Nomination packages must be submitted online via the Honorary Member Nomination Submission Website. This method eliminates problems associated with emailing large files.

Judging Process and Notification

All nominations are reviewed by the Honorary Member judging panel and approved by the Governing Board.  Once approved by the Governing Board, the candidates will be included in the Summer elections and will be voted on by the ESA membership.  All candidates and their nominators will be notified of the results after the ESA Governing Board holds its summer meeting.


Any candidate nominated but not selected may be renominated no more than two times within the two-year period after his or 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. Previously submitted documentation will be used for the evaluation process unless the nominator submits new or updated documents. The renomination email must contain this additional documentation. New or updated documents must follow the electronic submission requirements noted above.

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