Southeastern Branch John Henry Comstock Award

This award is given by the ESA National Office to outstanding Ph.D. students. There are six annual awards, one given to a graduate student from each Branch to promote interest in entomology at the graduate level and to support attendance at the ESA annual meeting. Each award consists of an all-expenses-paid trip to the ESA national meeting, a $100 cash prize, and a certificate. Expenses paid include reimbursed airfare, free hotel arrangements and meeting registration, and a per diem allowance. These annual awards are presented during the ESA annual meeting. In addition to the prizes offered by the ESA, SEB will also present the awardee representing SEB a $200 cash prize and an award plaque at the SEB annual meeting. Please direct any questions to the ESA-SEB Student Awards Committee Chair, Hugh Smith.

Nomination Requirements
Evaluation Procedure
Previous Winners
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The nominee must be a current ESA-SEB student member and have demonstrated excellence in their graduate program, e.g. scholarship, research, teaching, presentations, awards, and extracurricular activities. The student must be pursuing a Ph.D. degree with a major in entomology or not have graduated more than one year prior to presentation of the award. Application for student or regular ESA membership must have been made prior to January 1 of the year the award is granted. An active member returning for graduate study is eligible, if membership status changed from active to student within two years of resuming studies.

Nomination Requirements

Each entomology department or sub-department in the Branch can nominate one student who is eligible. Nominations with supporting information are sent to the ESA-SEB Student Awards Committee Chair. Each Branch must notify ESA headquarters of its John Henry Comstock Award awardee by July 15. The ESA-SEB deadline for nominations is May 31, 2018.

Nominations must be accompanied by the following information:

  1. Cover page with the year and name, address, telephone number, and email address of nominee
  2. Letter of nomination from the department administrator or graduate advisor
  3. Curriculum vita
    • Name, address, telephone number, and email address
    • Education beginning with the undergraduate institution, including dates, degrees, institutions granting degrees, graduate advisor's name, and GPA (0-4 scale). Include official transcripts of graduate records (student copies permitted)
    • Relevant employment with a listing of positions and brief summaries of responsibilities
    • Research and Extension experience not part of degree requirements and not indicated by publications
    • Teaching experience, including courses taught or teaching assistance and brief summaries of responsibilities
    • Research support, including internships, fellowships, funded competitive grants, and cooperative agreements. Include source, amount, and duration of support. Briefly describe contribution.
    • Refereed publications in chronological order, including only those published or in press. Papers in press require a copy of the acceptance correspondence. Briefly describe contribution to each publication and provide a description of a publication considered to be the nominee’s major contribution to entomology. Do not include papers in preparation or submitted.
    • Non-refereed publications in chronological order, including only those published or in press. Papers in press require a copy of the acceptance correspondence. Briefly describe contribution to each publication.
    • Presentations at professional meetings, including title, authorship, meeting, type of presentation, e.g., moderator, invited or submitted speaker, length of session, poster presentation, workshop, or symposium. Briefly describe contribution to each presentation.
    • Other presentations, including title, authorship, meeting, and type of presentation. Briefly describe contribution to each presentation.
    • Professional society memberships, including offices held and contributions.
    • Professional activities, e.g., advisory committees, working groups.
    • University, college or departmental committees.
    • Honors and awards, academic, professional, research, or service.
    • Thesis and dissertation research abstracts, limited to two pages.
    • Letters of recommendation limited to a maximum of four, one from a graduate faculty member familiar with the student’s work and another from a fellow graduate student. Other letters may be from appropriate references, e.g., graduate faculty members, industry cooperators, or a graduate student or technician under the student’s supervision. Letters should evaluate the student’s scholastic achievements and contributions to their institution, research field, and the science of entomology.

Evaluation Procedure

Members of the ESA-SEB Student Awards Committee individually evaluate nominees for the John Henry Comstock Award by the deadline. Each committee member submits a ranked list of nominees with evaluations to the committee chair. If there is no clear awardee, the two top-ranked nominees, as averaged from the committee member lists, are reevaluated. Chair determines the awardee and sends the required information to ESA National Office.

Previous Winners

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


Nomination packets must be submitted by May 31, 2018. This deadline refers to receipt by the awards administrator of a complete package in a readable format. Therefore, early submission is highly recommended.  All submissions must be placed through the Southeastern Branch Awards submission site.

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