Rising Stars of Entomology Award Symposium

Awards will be granted to five master’s students and five doctoral students from each ESA Section (two from P-IE) to showcase their research in the Rising Stars of Entomology Award Symposium (RSEAS) at the ESA Annual Meeting. This award is intended for graduate students who are near the end of their programs. Students will have the opportunity to expand upon their research beyond the restrictive 10-minutes of the student competitions and gain valuable experience for future career presentations. In addition to giving a featured 30-minute presentation, students will be awarded free registration to the annual meeting and free membership to the Entomological Society of America for the following year.

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

Questions? Contact the Student Competition Co-Chairs, Carly Tribull and Phil Barden.


Applicants must have a current ESA student membership at the time of submission and be within the last expected year of graduate studies (masters or PhD). Research submitted must be nearing completion as the symposium is not intended to showcase preliminary results, but more final results from a senior student.

Submission Requirements

All applicants must submit directly to the Rising Stars of Entomology Award Symposium on the Entomology 2021 submission site. In addition to providing the standard submission information (title, authors, abstract), applicants to the RSEAS are required to upload the following:

  • CV (3-page maximum)
  • 2-minute promotional video

The deadline for RSEAS submissions is Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Judging Rubric

Applicants to the RSEAS will be evaluated on the following:

  • Quality of abstract
    • 250 word maximum
    • Judges will look for more complete projects approprite of senior students, not preliminary results
  • Quality of video
    • Did the applicant introduce themselves to the Society?
    • Concise and informative description of the research to be presented and why it is of interest to their Section (MUVE, PBT, P-IE, or SysEB)
    • Video can be any format so long as it is clear and engaging - slide deck, white board, elevator pitch, etc.
    • These videos will be used to advertise selected talks, so make them interesting
  • Strength of CV
    • 3 page maximum
    • Well-organized record of biographical information (degrees and current positions), scholarly contributions (both presentations and manuscripts), and positions (teaching assistantships, research assistantships, curatorial positions, mentoring, extension positions, etc.)
  • Service
    • Outreach/education work, reviewing papers, organization leadership at university or professional society level, diversity and inclusion work

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