Jeffery P. LaFage Graduate Student Research Award

This Entomological Foundation grant was established by an endowment from donations by Rousell Bio, Dow AgroSciences, FMC, and the friends and family of Dr. Jeffery P. LaFage. It is awarded to a graduate student who proposes innovative research that advances or contributes significantly to the knowledge of the biology or control of pests in the urban environment, especially termites or other wood-destroying organisms. This grant may be used for salaries, equipment, supplies, or travel to initiate, accelerate, augment, or expand a research project. The amount of this award is based on the earnings from the endowment. It is presented at the ESA Annual Meeting.

Established as a tribute to the late Jeffery P. LaFage, Dr. LaFage was a professor of urban entomology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and specialized in the study of the biology and control of termites. For nearly 10 years before his death, his research activities involved studies of the exotic Formosan subterranean termite and methods of applying this knowledge to the management of this introduced termite.


The applicant must be a candidate for a Master's or doctoral degree at an accredited university. The grant is open to students throughout the world. Priority will be given to proposals demonstrating a creative and realistic approach to the fields of interest. The recipient is encouraged to present the research results at an ESA meeting and is required to acknowledge the grant award in any publications resulting from these funds. This grant may be renewed.

Previous Winners

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

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.
  • A nomination package may contain no more than 6 separate files, and the size of each file must not exceed 3 MB.

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

Nominations may be made by anyone. Nomination packages for this award must include:

CV-Related Items

Nominators must provide the information called for in the CV template, either in the template's format or in their own format. To view the CV-related nomination requirements for this award, as well as the CV template, please click here.

Other Items

§         Letter of nomination

§         Title, duration, and background information concerning the significance of the proposed research to the field (one-page limit)

§         Materials and budget (one-page limit)

§         Up to three letters of recommendation

Evaluation Criteria

Nominees/candidates will be judged using the following criteria for a total of 80 points:

  1. Candidate(40 points total)
    1. Honors, awards, achievements and recognition (10)
    2. Recommendation from professors, advisors, etc. (10)
    3. Grantsmanship (10)
    4. Publications (10)
  2. Research(40 points total)
    1. Feasibility (10)
    2. Contribution to the knowledge of the biology or control of pests in the urban environment, especially termites or other wood-destroying organisms (10)
    3. Creativity and innovation (10)
    4. National impact (10)


Application/nomination packages must be received by the awards administrator by July 1. This deadline refers to receipt of a complete package in a readable format. Therefore, early submission is highly recommended. The awards administrator will confirm receipt of nomination packages within two business days, and also notify nominators of any problems with nomination package files within that time.


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


The awards administrator will notify all candidates and their nominators, where applicable, with the results of their application approximately two months after the application/nomination submission deadline.

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