Early Career Innovation Award

Sponsored by BASF

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.).

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For questions about this award, email awards@entsoc.org

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Nomination packages must be received by ESA headquarters by June 1.

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Honor Bestowed

The recipient will receive a monetary award of $1,000 and a plaque at the ESA Annual Meeting.


The nominee must be a current ESA member, and must be between two and ten years past the last degree (B.S., M.S. or Ph.D.) obtained working within the field of entomology (including postdoctoral positions). The nominee may belong to any area of entomology, but must be a practicing entomologist. Professionals working within public- or private-sector organizations are eligible.

Nomination Requirements

Nominations can be made by anyone. Please note there is a maximum of two self-nominations allowed per year. All nominators and nominees will be required to sign the professional conduct disclosure form. Nomination packages for this award must include:

1. CV-Related Items - Nominators must provide a CV which includes the below sections.  For a full listing of what should be included in each of the sections click here.

  • Section 1 - Background Information
  • Section 2 - Research
  • Section 3 - Teaching
  • Section 4 - Extension/ Outreach
  • Section 5 - Service

2. Other Items -

  • A nomination letter describing the work on which the nomination is based.
  • Two letters of recommendation that evaluate and appraise the nominee's accomplishments and which describe the nature of the innovation and its relevance*.
  • A brief summary, no longer than four pages double spaced, of the professional’s work to include the area of focus, the innovative approach, the results or outcome, and the significance.

*Anonymous Letter of Support: Follow the below instructions to submit an anonymous letter. This method should only be used if the individual writing the letter does not want the nominator to see the letter.

  1. Once the award application has been initiated, contact awards@entsoc.org with the Award Nomination ID # (found at the top left-hand corner of the nomination submission page), Nominee name and the letter in PDF format.
  2. Once the letter has been uploaded by the ESA Awards Administrator, the nominator will receive an email notification.
  3. Please note, ESA is not responsible for individuals that do not contact the awards administration by the deadline date. It is up to the nominator to make sure that the individuals email the letter(s) by the deadline date. If an anonymous letter is not received by the deadline this will impact the score of the nominee.

Electronic Submission Requirements

All nomination packages must be submitted electronically according to the following specifications:

Page Limits

  • Page Limits – The entire nomination package must not exceed 20 pages total. This include letters of nomination or recommendation and publication lists. This includes anonymous letters of support sent to ESA separately, please factor in these letters into the package length. Packages over 20 pages will not be considered.
  • 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 awards@entsoc.org. Printed letters will not be accepted.

File Specifications

  • Only the following file formats will be accepted: PDF, 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.
  • 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 awards@entsoc.org for assistance.

Submission Methods

Nomination packages must be submitted online via the Early Career Innovation Award Submission site. This method eliminates problems associated with e-mailing large files.

Judging Criteria and Notification

Nominees/candidates will be judged by the Early Career Innovation Award Judging Panel using the following criteria for a total of 100 points:

1. Contributions to the Field of Entomology (90 points total)

  • Quality of contributions (e.g., research, teaching, extension, product development, public service, etc…) (20)
  • Originality and innovation used to achieve the contributions (25)
  • Scope and breadth of relevance of the contributions to science and society (25)
  • Evaluation by colleagues, peers, constituents (20)

2. Supporting Information (10 points total)

  • Participation and leadership in honor and professional societies (10)”

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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