Early Career Professional Recognition Symposium

This juried symposium will feature four presentations of Student Transition and Early Professional members of ESA, one from each Section, who will be selected to give a 30-minute feature presentation describing their research programs in this special symposium. Additional information will be required, including an abstract, 1-page cover letter, and CV. Winners will receive a $500 travel stipend. 

Applicants will be notified in late June of their status. Those not selected will automatically have their submissions scheduled in a regular, non-competition 10-minute paper session.

Questions? Contact Early Career Professional Committee Chair, Carly Tribull.


Applicants must have a current ESA student transition or early professional membership at the time of submission. 

Submission Requirements

All applicants must submit directly to the Early Career (ECP) Recognition Symposium on the Entomology 2021 submission site. In addition to providing the standard submission information, applicants to the ECP symposium are required to upload the following: 

  • Abstract
    • 250 word maximum
    • Abstract should represent the 30 minute presentation you will give if selected.
    • While many ESA talks focus on research projects, presentations on teaching, outreach, and/or extension projects are also encouraged.
  • CV
  • Cover Letter
    • 1 page maximum
    • Letter should introduce yourself to reviewers, explaining your contributions to the field of entomology (in research, service, teaching, and/or extension), and detailing how your work is important, innovative, and creative.

Judging Rubric

Applicants to the ECP Recognition Symposium will be evaluated on the following: 

  • CV
    • Research (10 points)
    • Teaching (10 points)
    • Extension/Outreach (10 points)
    • Service (10 points)
  • Abstract (10 points)
  • Cover Letter
    • Quality of contributions (10 points)
      • e.g. research, teaching, extension, product development, public service, etc.
    • Originality and innovation used to achieve the contributions (10 points)
    • Scope and breadth of relevance of the contributions to science and society (10 points)

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