Chrysalis Fund Past Grant Winners

Chrysalis FundIn 2019, the Entomological Society of America launched the Chrysalis Fund, inheriting the educational grants program started by the Entomological Foundation in 2018.

Below, find information about past Chrysalis Fund grant winners, as well as winners of the the 2018 Entomological Foundation Grants.

2020 Grants

The 2020 grants from the Chrysalis Fund were announced in September 2020. They include:

Exceptional grants ($2,500 and over):

  • Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust (San Juan, PR) – $2,500 was awarded to educate students and adults on the life cycle of mosquitoes, including learning modules and kits with ovitraps to combat the dengue outbreak currently in Puerto Rico.

Large grants ($1,000 – $2,499):

  • San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District (West Covina, CA) – $2,137 was awarded to develop an animated video, “Journey of the Germ,” providing a missing piece in the narrative of host-vector-pathogen relationships and explicitly detailing, in a memorable way, why we want to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Balsam Mountain Trust (Sylva, NC) – $1,600 was awarded to provide more than 1,000 underserved first graders with pollinator education through creation and delivery of novel-standards based science activity kits, focusing on conservation, literacy, and outdoor exploration.
  • Toms River High School South (Toms River, NJ) – $1,600 was awarded to do the metabarcoding of mosquito microbiomes with high school students in partnership with Vanderbilt University, the NJ Ocean County Mosquito Control, the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor, and Shimon Ben-Zvi High School in Givatayim, Israel.

Regular Grants ($501 – $999):

  • Helen R. Ealy Elementary (Whitehall, MI) – $909 was awarded to conduct a collaborative effort engaging elementary students in current cutting-edge research with scientists who study monarch butterfly ecology and conservation.

Micro Grants ($500 and less):

  • St. Anthony of Padua School (Falls Church, VA) – $350 was awarded to rear and observe spotted lady beetles and milkweed bugs to help primary students understand the concept of metamorphosis and to help middle school students understand the types of metamorphosis and the role of pollinators in our world.

2019 Grants

The inaugural grants from the Chrysalis Fund were announced in August 2019. They were:

Exceptional grants (over $2,500):

  • No exceptional grants were awarded in 2019.

Large grants ($1,000 – $2,499):

  • Lafayette Elementary School (Oxford, MS) – $1,400 was awarded to fund a Bug Club for 1st and 2nd grade classrooms that will investigate insect life cycles, introductory taxonomic classification, and more. 
  • University of Guelph (Guelph, ON, Canada) – $1,000 was awarded to support a documentary film about the importance of entomology. The funds will offset the expenses of the filmmaker as he accompanies a group of 15 students to the Yanayacu Biological Station in Ecuador.

Regular Grants ($501 – $999):

  • No regular grants were awarded in 2019.

Micro Grants ($500 and less):

  • Washington Elementary (Junction City, KS) – $500 was awarded to support a K-5 project to educate students on how black soldier flies can turn food waste into compost 
  • Cross Roads Head Start and PreK (Mobile, AL) – $450 will support a butterfly garden and library at a Head Start program. The funds will offset costs to buy plants, photography equipment, and books
  • Global Learning Charter School (Visalia, CA) – $450 was awarded to fund a paper microscope project. The funds support students creating usable paper microscopes out of folded paper.
  • Coolidge Elementary (Norman, OK) – $400 will support a holistic educational approach for a kindergarten class as the educator creates a "Buggy Kindergarten". The funds would be used on insect replicas as well as live arthropods to study.
  • Campbell County High School (Gillette, WY) $400 was awarded to support three current entomology based projects using phasmids (Diapherodes gigantae and C. morosus) to demonstrate parthenogenesis, incomplete metamorphosis, evolution, and invasive species; and Zophobas morio to measure complete metamorphosis.
  • BioTECH High School at Richmond Heights (Miami, FL) – $400 was awarded to fund an expansion for an existing IPM program in a school garden. The funds would support construction of new insect housing, introduce more lessons on entomolgy, and help support an IPM guide book for future classrooms.

2018 Grants

On August 6, 2018, the Entomological Foundation Board of Directors announced its 2018 grant awardees. Twenty-one applications were received, with requests for a total of $34,538.02. A total of $5,554 was available for award from the general fund and $667 was available from the Young Women in Science fund. The winning grant applications are listed below.

Exceptional grants (over $2,500):

  • No exceptional grants were awarded in 2018.

Large grants ($1,000 – $2,499):

  • Northern Arizona University – $1,570 was awarded to fund two projects that support the Adventures in Arthropod Biodiversity program. The grants will fund scholarships for girls ages 6-10 and mentorships for two high school girls, particularly those of Hispanic and/or Native American descent. Funds from the Young Women in Science fund were used to supplement this award.
  • Milwaukee Public Museum – $1,200 was awarded to help fund the Discovering Milwaukee Fireflies project, which seeks to build science literacy among urban youth through curriculum based on firefly education, including sampling, monitoring, data analysis, and more.

Regular Grants ($501 – $999):

  • Montana Science Center (formerly Children’s Museum of Bozeman) – $750 was awarded toward the development of a new insect exhibit entitled "It’s A Bug’s World." 
  • Pinecrest Elementary School – $686 was awarded to fund a 4th grade bug club which seeks to increase student engagement with science.
  • Elementary Institute of Science – $650 was awarded to fund a new program entitled “Endemic Insect Species of Southern California,” a week-long summer project where students collect, preserve, and display insect species found in and within one mile of the institute.
  • Public School 185 (of Manhattan) – $600 was awarded to fund a 3-month insect study by first-graders. The project will have urban youth studying mealworms, waxworms, silkworms, and painted lady butterflies.

Micro Grants ($500 and less):

  • 4-H Cockroach Program – $465 was awarded to expand an existing middle school program by adding four new colonies. The program uses live insects and hands-on labs to teach STEM topics such as anatomy, physiology, physics, and evolution to young and developing scientists. 
  • South McKeel Academy – $204 was awarded to a 4th grade analysis of bess beetles. The study will include strength experiments to analyze the beetles’ pulling power.
  • R. Steve Folsom Elementary School – $105 was awarded to fund the purchase of mealworm kits for 4th graders that will engage in observational studies of life cycle changes. The project will also tie in to an economics unit whereby students will create a business plan to develop a mealworm farming business.