ESA Distinguished Service Award to the Certification Program

The purpose of this award is to encourage, recognize, and reward outstanding contributions to the ESA Certification Program and the professionalism of entomology. The award consists of a $500 cash prize and an inscribed plaque. The plaque is presented to the awardee at the ESA Annual Meeting.

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

Nomination Requirements

Evaluation Criteria




Previous Winners

Eligibility -
Nominees are required to be Board or Associate Certified Entomologists.

Submit a Nominee -
All nomination packages must be submitted electronically to the ESA Distinguished Service Award to the Certification Program Award Nomination Site according to the following specifications:

  • Letters of nomination must be included in the electronic package, letter of recommendation may be included in the package or submitted *anonymously via e-mail electronically to Printed letters will not be accepted.
  • 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.

Nomination Requirements -

The nominator should submit a letter of recommendation including the below information.  The awards committee will review all letters and will select the top three for further consideration.  At that time, additional material will be required.

  1. Name of Nominee
  2. Current position/ title of nominee
  3. Brief explanation of how the nominee excelled in contributions to:
         The community
  4. If available, information on:
         Professional activities (consulting, research, public service, teaching/training)
         Other information (awards, honors, achievements, mentoring, publications, professional memberships, etc.)
         Certification activities (BCE status, leadership roles, committee activities, other)

If the individual is contacted by the awards committee (after the deadline date), the below additional materials will be required:

  1. CV or resume detailing a minimum of background and related service.
  2. Information on
         Professional activities (consulting, research, public service, teaching/training)
         Certification activities (BCE status, leadership roles, committee activities, other)
         Other information (awards, honors, achievements, mentoring, publications, professional memberships, etc.)

Evaluation Criteria -
Nominees/candidates will be judged using the following criteria (100 points total):

  1. Professional Activities (40 points total)
    1. Consulting (10)
    2. Research (10)
    3. Public service (10)
    4. Teaching and/or training (10)
  2. Certification Activities (45 points total)
    1. Enrollment in BCE or ACE program (confirmed by ESA HQ) (12)
    2. Leadership roles held (12)
    3. Committee activities (12)
    4. Other or special assignments (9)
  3. Supporting Information (15 points total)
    1. Awards, honors, and achievements (2)
    2. Mentor to professionals (6)
    3. Professional memberships (5)
    4. Quality and number of publications (2)

Deadline -
Nomination packages must be received by ESA headquarters by June 1. This deadline refers to receipt by the awards administrator of a complete package in a readable format. Therefore, early submission is highly recommended. All nomination packets will not be able to be changed after June 1.

Renomination -
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.

Notification - 
The awards administrator will notify all candidates and their nominators with the results of their nomination approximately two months after the nomination submission deadline. 

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