Fellows of the Entomological Society of America
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.
Up to 10 designations may be made annually.
Fellows receive gratis registration to the ESA Annual Meeting in the year the title is bestowed, at which time they are presented with an inscribed plaque.
Nominees must have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas of entomology:
Research—Nominees for ESA Fellow on the basis of RESEARCH should have a documented record of discoveries that create significant new understanding, technology, or application of entomological science through an extensive body of work. They will be recognized widely as being in the top tier of researchers advancing/utilizing the science of entomology. The nominee’s achievements should be consistent with one or more of these characterizations of distinction:
• Extensive record of refereed publications in ESA or other high quality journals that demonstrate discoveries leading to increased understanding of one or more components of entomological science. The body of work must be productive in number and compelling in scope and impact to the understanding of entomological science, which may include a strong record of funding.
• Extensive record of patents issued related to discoveries that create new technology classes and/or support the development of new, novel, and successfully adopted pest management products that are considered highly progressive in the era of their discovery.
• Extensive evidence for creation of pioneering approaches to the application of research data and products to create new paradigms for arthropod management that are considered highly progressive in the era of their use. This work will be supported with an extensive record of economic development, brand creation, publications, patents, or other direct evidence that the approaches have had a positive impact on society.
• Awards and recognition from the nominee’s institution, professional organizations, and/or stakeholder groups.
Teaching—Nominees for ESA Fellow on the basis of TEACHING should have a documented record of success in clearly raising the profile of entomology. They will be recognized widely as being in the top tier of teachers with significant influence and broad recognition. The nominee’s achievements should be consistent with one or more of these characterizations of distinction:
• Extensive record and documented evidence of teaching influence, with the effect of positively raising the profile of entomology in the relevant target community. The body of work should include a record of classroom success, using criteria such as class evaluations and enrollment growth, and evidence of creating new materials (e.g., texts) and developing innovative methods or novel approaches.
• For individuals without a direct teaching appointment, extensive evidence of activities within the category, such as appointment as an adjunct professor, creator of progressive intern or mentoring programs, regular guest lecturer at multiple institutions, or demonstrated use of technology transfer to benefit the target audience through application of entomological science.
• Recipient of grants, awards, and other recognitions from the nominee’s institution and/or stakeholder groups that demonstrate the progressive nature of improving instruction of entomology or of topics for which insects may be used as a mechanism for instruction.
Extension and Outreach—Nominees for ESA Fellow on the basis of EXTENSION and OUTREACH should have a documented record of success with raising the profile of entomology in the relevant target community and be widely recognized as an opinion leader in his/her field of application. They will be recognized widely as being in the top tier of individuals within his or her specialized focus of application. The nominee’s achievements should be consistent with one or more of these characterizations of distinction:
• Extensive record and documented evidence of influence in the adoption and use of best practices, with the effect of raising the profile of entomology and progressive research-based practices in the target communities. Supportive record of applied research and widely viewed as a credible expert. Creation of or significantly contributed to innovative uses of information delivery systems, with impact documented as shifts in common practice to best practice for the era.
• For individuals without an official Extension appointment, an extensive record and visible evidence of supportive activities may include appointment as an adjunct professor, a record of creating progressive outreach programs, regular invitations as a guest speaker, and demonstrated use of technology transfer to benefit a public audience or application. The expectation of widely documented expertise and status as an opinion leader is essential.
• Refereed publications, receipt of grants, awards, and other recognitions from the nominee’s institution and/or stakeholder groups also demonstrate the progressive nature and value of raising the application of entomological science in the relevant target communities.
Administration—Nominees for ESA Fellow on the basis of ADMINISTRATION should have a documented record of success through leadership of others to create progressive programs, strengthen public-private partnerships, and advance multiple discoveries and applications. Through entomology-related administration, nominees should be widely recognized as being in the top tier of individuals among their peer administrators. The nominee’s achievements should be consistent with one or more of these characterizations of distinction:
• Extensive record and documented evidence of influence through positive directional change in the science and profession of public-sector entomology. Established or guided creation of new research directions and teaching and extension/outreach programs that have resulted in significant achievements within multiple areas of entomology for the era.
• Extensive record and documented evidence of influence through positive directional change in the science and profession of private-sector entomology. Established or guided creation of new research directions and programs that resulted in novel products with progressive attributes for the era.
• Visible leadership to strengthen public-private progress and partnerships with personal engagement to reduce barriers to objective solutions and discoveries.
• Evidence of supporting the principles of scientific peer review, demonstrated through leadership of his or her organization as a role model, and demonstrated skills of organizational effectiveness and transformational leadership.
Military—Nominees for ESA Fellow on the basis of MILITARY should have a documented record of success in clearly raising the profile of military entomology. They will be widely recognized as being in the top tier of career military in advancing the science and practice of entomology. The nominee’s achievements should be consistent with one or more of these characterizations of distinction:
• Extensive record of visible strategic leadership in military entomology that positively influences force protection standards against arthropods of military and public health significance. This includes demonstrated skills of organizational effectiveness and vision to respond to and deliver entomological support for the requirements of military medicine within the parameters of an ever-changing world situation.
• Extensive record and documented evidence of influence through positive mentorship of entomologists in science and the profession of public health entomology.
• Awards and recognition from the nominee’s branch of service, Department of Defense, professional organizations and/or stakeholder groups that demonstrate a long sustained commitment to military entomology.
• Extensive record and documented evidence of effective and sustained support for operational military forces through positive strategic leadership in military and public health entomology. This work will be supported with an extensive record of research and/or training for supporting development and integration of novel technology and the adoption and use of best practices into military mission requirements.
List of ESA Fellows
Please click here to see a list of those entomologists who have received the title of ESA Fellow.
Electronic Submission Requirements
All nomination packages must be submitted electronically according to the following specifications (paper nominations will not be accepted):
The entire nomination package must not exceed 20 pages total. This includes letters of nomination or recommendation and publication lists.
Letters of nomination and recommendation must be included in the electronic package. Printed letters sent in lieu of electronic versions will not be accepted.
Only the following file formats will be accepted: PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format), RTF (Rich Text Format), TIF graphic files, or JPG graphic files. Files created on either PC or MAC platforms will be accepted. Please make sure scanned images can be clearly read on a computer screen.
Font size for text may not be smaller than 10 point.
The nomination site requires a single nomination packet via one PDF file. If you do not have software to merge the documents, please send all of your files to email@example.com for assistance.
Nomination packages must be submitted online via the ESA Fellows Member Nomination Submission Website. This method eliminates problems associated with e-mailing large files.
Each regular ESA member may nominate one candidate per year. The nomination package must include:
Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address of nominee
A one-page letter stating the basis of nomination
Letters from 3-5 individuals endorsing the candidate
Academic record (degrees received, dates, and institutions only)
Professional positions (descriptions of positions held, employers and years only)
Descriptions of professional accomplishments in the area(s) to be considered for the designation of Fellow, including accomplishments in:
Research, including the significance of nominee's research
Administration, including significant contributions to entomology
List of publications by area of specialization (e.g., teaching, research, extension, administration, and service). An abbreviated list or summary is also acceptable.
Summary of the nominee's service activities, including service to the science of entomology indicating relevance to the profession of entomology
List of nomination supporters, including their contact information
New This Year - Anonymous support letters are now available. Follow the below instructions to submit an anonymous letter.
- Once the award application has been initiated, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the Award ID # , Nominee name, and the letter in PDF format.
- Once the letter has been uploaded by the ESA Awards Administrator, the nominator will receive an email notification.
- Please note, ESA is not responsible for individuals that do not contact the awards administration by the deadline date. It is up to the nominator to make sure that the individuals email the letter(s) by the deadline date. If an anonymous letter is not received by the deadline this will impact the score of the nominee.
The Fellows judging panel consists of people who have already been selected as Fellows themselves, and when possible consists of one member from each ESA Branch and Section. Each year the judging panel recommends to the ESA Governing Board up to 10 individuals for consideration for recognition as Fellows of the Society.
Nomination packages must be recieved by ESA headquarters by March 15.
Any candidate nominated, but not selected, may be renominated no more than two times within the two-year period after his/her initial submission. Nomination packages will be retained for two years by the awards administrator. Nominators must send a letter of renomination to the awards administrator by the nomination deadline above. Previously submitted documentation will be used for the evaluation process unless the nominator submits new or updated documents. The renomination e-mail must contain this additional documentation. New or updated documents must follow the electronic submission requirements noted above.
All candidates and their nominators will be notified of the results after the ESA Governing Board holds its summer meeting.
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