Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE) Undergraduate Student Achievement in Entomology Award

Overview: The P-IE Undergraduate Student Achievement in Entomology Award recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated significant achievements through research, teaching and/or outreach in entomology. As many as four awards may be presented annually. Each awardee will receive a waiver of registration to the ESA Meeting, $ 1,500 and a plaque. The awards can be used for travel expenses for participation in the ESA meeting. Recipients are expected to attend the Monday afternoon P-IE Networking Session during the annual ESA meeting to receive the award.

Previous Winners: View the list of those who have previously received this award.

Eligibility Requirements: Each nominee must:

  1. Be enrolled as an undergraduate student (not necessarily in an Entomology Department) at the time of application, and
  2. Be a member of the ESA and the P-IE Section, and
  3. Attend the ESA National meeting and participate by submitting and presenting a paper or poster as part of the Undergraduate Competition for the President's Prize.

How recipients are selected: Winners of the award are selected based on evidence of outstanding performance related to:

  1. Activity and achievement in entomology, and
  2. At least one of the following:
    1. An undergraduate research project; or
    2. A creative approach to teaching; or
    3. A creative achievement in outreach.

What to include in your application package: The following items must be included:

  • Two letters of support from faculty members familiar with the applicant’s achievements (maximum 2 pages each)
  • Transcript: A copy of the nominee’s official transcript, or a transcript copy signed by a faculty member, that includes the most recent GPA
  • Résumé or C.V. (maximum 3 pages),
  • Summary of the accomplishments (whether research, teaching, and/or outreach), demonstrating the creativity and significance of the accomplishment (maximum 1 page)
  • Agreement to present: A statement by the nominee agreeing, if selected, to submit and present a paper or poster the year of the award in the P-IE Section of the ESA National meeting.

How to apply: The nominating faculty member should submit the application package via the P-IE Award Nomination website.  Only PDF files will be accepted.  Font size for text may not be smaller than 10 point.  Supporting image files should be embedded into the document and should be of sufficient resolution for easy viewing.

Deadline: Complete applications must be received by May 1, 2018.

Questions: Any questions regarding this award can be directed to the P-IE Awards Committee Chair - Joe Louis

The following Internet sites can be accessed for additional information:

How to become an ESA undergraduate member:

Details about P-IE disciplinary areas:


Evaluation criteria: The following evaluation criteria will be used:

Evaluation Criteria


Letters of support


Leadership and involvement in entomology        


Academic qualifications (as documented in cv/resume)


Demonstrated achievement in outreach, research, and/or teaching:


Originality and creativity


Scientific engagement, quality, rigor


Relevance to P-IE


Potential impact


Total points possible      





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