Program Enhancement Funds

ESA provides funds for program enhancement as an incentive to attract speakers for the Annual Meeting, thereby improving meeting content and attendance. Program Enhancement Funds (PEF) are used to enhance the educational content of the Annual Meeting program and have certain restrictions on their use, as detailed below.

Annual Meeting Childcare Grants

ESA is providing caregiver grants to ensure that our members who are responsible for providing care to children, grandchildren, parents or others are able to attend the Annual Meeting. These awards are up to $400 and are related to extra expenses incurred when a caregiver attending the Annual Meeting.  

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Entomology 2021 and COVID-19 Safety Planning



ESA will host our first hybrid meeting offering with both in-person and virtual presentations as part of our scientific program. The Annual Meeting will combine four days of an in-person meeting with 3 months of virtual content available for all registrants to access from October 20, 2021 through January 31, 2022, allowing us to reach members all over the world, regardless of travel.

Early Career Professional Recognition Symposium

This juried symposium will feature four presentations of Student Transition and Early Professional members of ESA, one from each Section, who will be selected to give a 30-minute feature presentation describing their research programs in this special symposium. Additional information will be required, including an abstract, 1-page cover letter, and CV. Winners will receive a $500 travel stipend. 

Applicants will be notified in late June of their status. Those not selected will automatically have their submissions scheduled in a regular, non-competition 10-minute paper session.

Rising Stars of Entomology Award Symposium

Awards will be granted to five master’s students and five doctoral students from each ESA Section (two from P-IE) to showcase their research in the Rising Stars of Entomology Award Symposium (RSEAS) at the ESA Annual Meeting. This award is intended for graduate students who are near the end of their programs. Students will have the opportunity to expand upon their research beyond the restrictive 10-minutes of the student competitions and gain valuable experience for future career presentations.