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 winners of the 2018 Entomological Foundation Grants, and return to this page in September 2019 to learn about the 2019 Chrysalis Fund grant winners.

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.