Awards & Honors

Each year the Entomological Society of America, the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation, and the Entomological Foundation provide annual honors and awards to recognize scientists, educators, and students, who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to entomology.

Below is a list of the current awards that are being offered.  For additional information on how to nominate someone click on the award name.

ESA's Branches also offer a variety of awards for Branch members. For more information on Branch awards, visit ESA's Branches page and select your Branch.

Professional Awards

The purpose of Honorary Members is to emphasize the high value that the ESA places on service by its members. This award recognizes extraordinary service by ESA members who have had significant involvement in the affairs of the Society for at least 20 years.  View previous winners.

The purpose of this award is to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to entomology and thereby highlight their career accomplishments to inspire all entomologist.  They need not be members of the Society. View previous winners.

The purpose of this award is two-fold: to honor the legacy of a scientist who made contributions that had a significant impact on the field of entomology and to bring attention to a current entomologist with outstanding credentials in a similar field who can present an informative and engaging lecture at the ESA Annual Meeting. View previous winners.

This award, sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection, shall be made on the basis of outstanding contributions that relate directly to Integrated Pest Management (IPM). View previous winners.

This award recognizes creative entomologist who have demonstrated the ability to find alternative solutions to problems that significantly impact entomology. View previous winners.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to extension entomology. View previous winners.

The purpose of this award is to honor the role of entomological education as a basis for the entire discipline by recognizing an ESA member who is deems to the most outstanding educator of the year. View previous winners.

This award recognizes entomologists who are making significant contributions to agriculture. View previous winners.

This award recognizes and encourages outstanding extension, research, and teaching contributions in urban entomology, defined here in its broadest sense as the study of the biology and control of arthropods found in the home or surrounding landscape. This includes structural and wood-destroying pests and pests of ornamental plants, shade trees, and turf. View previous winners.

This award was recognizes and encourages innovative research in the areas of insect physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology in the broad sense. The areas of research may include development, molecular biology, genetics, defense mechanisms, and other offshoots of physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology. View previous winners.

This award acknowledges significant and outstanding work in the fields of insect systematics, morphology, or evolution. "Insect" is defined here to include insect allies. View previous winners.

Early Career Professional Awards

The purpose of this grant is to provide research funds to postdoctoral ESA members who have at least one year of promising work experience, are undertaking research in selected areas of insect control, and have demonstrated a high level of scholarship. View previous winners.

This award honors young professionals working within the field of entomology who have demonstrated innovation through contributions within any area of specialization (research, teaching, extension, product development, public service, etc.). View previous winners.

This award is given to a student transition or early professional who excels in entomological education.

This award is given to a student transition or early professional who excels in entomological extension.

This award recognizes a student transition or early professional who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of entomology.  

This award honors a student transition or early professional working within the field of entomology who has demonstrated excellence, leadership, and creativity in outreach and public engagement.  

Student Awards

The purpose of this ESA award is to encourage graduate students working with insects or other arthropods in the broad areas of physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to affiliate with ESA's Integrative Physiological and Molecular Insect Systems Section and to attend the ESA Annual Meeting. View previous winners.

This ESA award recognizes Dr. Larry Larson's role as a leader and pioneer in insect management and carries that legacy to the next generation of leaders in applied entomology. View previous winners.

Sponsored by Monsanto Company, this award will be presented annually to recognize a student for outstanding contributions to the Society, his/her academic department, and the community, while still achieving academic excellence. View previous winners.

These six awards are given to one graduate student from each ESA Branch to promote interest in entomology at the graduate level and to stimulate interest in attending the ESA Annual Meeting.  View previous winners.

ESA Certification Corporation Awards

The purpose of the award is to recognize superior contributions of an ACE in the field of structural pest management.  View previous winners.

The purpose of this award is to encourage, recognize, and reward outstanding contributions to the ESA Certification Program and the professionalism of entomology. View previous winners.

This award recognizes and encourages outstanding entomology graduate students with interest in the mission of the ESA certification program. View previous winners.

Entomological Foundation Awards

The Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor was established in 2007 and it is the highest award presented by the Foundation. It is given only to those who have made outstanding contributions toward fulfillment of the Foundation’s mission or entomological outreach.  View previous winners.

This award recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools in grades K-6 and grades 7-12. View previous winners.

Visit Discontinued Awards for a list of awards that are no longer being offered.