Early Career Professional Recognition Symposium

This juried symposium is open to submissions from ESA Student Transition and Early Professional members. Five presenters will be selected, one representing each ESA Section, to give a 30-minute feature presentation describing their research contributions in this special symposium. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 17, 2024.

In addition to giving a 30-minute presentation, winners will also receive a $500 USD travel stipend.


Applicants will be notified in early June of their status. Unselected applicants will automatically have their submissions scheduled in a regular, non-competition 10-minute presentation session.

Questions? Contact the Early Career Professional Committee Chair, Nicole Quinn.


Applicants must have a current ESA Student Transition or Early Professional membership at the time of submission.

Submission Requirements

All applicants must submit directly to the Early Career Professionals Recognition Symposium on the Entomology 2024 submission site.

In addition to providing the standard submission information (title, authors, abstract), applicants to the symposium are required to upload the following:

  • Abstract
    • 250 word maximum
    • Abstract should represent the 30-minute presentation you will give if selected.
    • While many talks focus on research contributions, presentations on teaching, outreach, and/or extension projects are also encouraged.
  • CV in standard ESA format
  • Cover Letter
    • 1 page maximum
    • Letter should introduce yourself to reviewers, explaining your contributions to the field of entomology (in research, service, teaching, and/or extension), and detailing how your work is important, innovative, and creative. 

Judging Rubric

Applicants to the Early Career Professional Recognition Symposium will be evaluated on the following: 

  • Abstract (10 points)
  • CV
    • Research (5 points)
    • Teaching (5 points)
    • Extension/Outreach (5 points)
    • Service (5 points)
  • Cover Letter
    • Quality of contributions (10 points)
      • e.g., research, teaching, extension, product development, public service, etc.
    • Originality and innovation used to achieve the contributions (5 points)
    • Scope and breadth of relevance of the contributions to science and society (5 points)
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