ESA Founders' Memorial Award

The Founders’ Memorial Award honors two people at once, giving an entomologist with outstanding credentials the opportunity to present a keynote lecture at the ESA Annual Meeting to showcase the posthumous legacy of a scientist whose work made a significant impact in entomology.
  • Who inspires you?
    Now’s your chance to show appreciation for the unsung heroes in the entomology profession. 
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    Your dedication to entomology deserves to be recognized - Nominate yourself!  Award nominations will be open mid-February and will remain open for 6 weeks.  Stay tuned for the call for nominations and deadline announcement.   

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The deadline to submit your complete application is April 17 Annually at 11:59 PM EST.  

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Honor Bestowed

The Founders' Memorial Award was established in 1958. The awardee receives $1,000 and an inscribed plaque, as well as free registration to the ESA Annual Meeting in the year the award is given. The awardee must deliver the Founders' Memorial Lecture and receive the award at the annual meeting.


The presenter of the memorial lecture must be a current ESA member and have a record of accomplishment in entomology. The scientist who is honored in memoriam must have made major contributions that have had a significant impact on entomology.

Nomination Requirements

Any ESA member may submit nominations for this award. The nomination package must include:

  1. A 1-2 page nomination letter indicating the basis of the nomination by describing the scientific, educational, and/or extension contributions of both the entomologist nominated to present the Founders' Memorial Lecture and the entomologist to be honored in memoriam
  2. A brief biographical sketch of awardee and honoree
  3. A list of publications or other suitable documentation of achievements in entomology for both awardee and honoree
  4. Three letters of recommendation for the awardee

Additionally, all nominators and nominees will be required to sign the professional conduct disclosure form.

Electronic Submission Requirements

All nomination packages must be submitted electronically according to the following specifications.

Page Limits

  • The nomination process requires single documents to be uploaded one at a time.
  • The entire nomination package must not exceed 20 pages total. This includes letters of nomination or recommendation and publication lists.

File Specifications

  • The preferred file format is PDF.  
  • Font size for text may not be smaller than 10 point.
  • Nomination packages must be submitted online via the  Founders' Memorial Award Nomination website

Judging Process and Notification

All candidates and their nominators will be notified of the results once the awardee and honoree have been selected by the Founders' Memorial Judging Panel.


Any candidate nominated, but not selected may be renominated no more than two times within the two-year period after his or 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. Previously submitted documentation will be used for the evaluation process unless the nominator submits new or updated documents. The renomination email must contain this additional documentation. New or updated documents must follow the electronic submission requirements noted above.

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