George C. Eickwort Student Research Award
This award, named in honor of the late George Eickwort, recognizes outstanding research by students in the field of social insect biology for graduate or undergraduate work accomplished in North America or by a student member of NAS/IUSSI pursuing studies elsewhere. The award is given to the student who in the opinion of the award committee shows the most distinguished record of research and scholarly activity in the area of social insect biology. Any student doing work in North America or any student member of NAS/IUSSI may be nominated. The student shall not have received a PhD or terminated studies earlier than 12 months prior to the award. Students continuing beyond a baccalaureate or masters degree will remain eligible. Previous award recipients are not eligible for a second award. The Eickwort Award carries with it a plaque and US$1000 honorarium and the recipient will be honored at that year’s annual business meeting.
2012 Recipient – Adrian Smith
2011 Recipient – Sandra Rehan
2010 Recipient – Barrett Klein
2009 Recipient – Christian Rabeling
2008 Recipient – Christopher Smith
2007 Recipient – Amy Toth
2006 Recipient – Heather Mattila
2005 Recipient – Timothy Linksvayer
William L. and Ruth D. Nutting Termite Research Grant
This grant is named in honor of the late Bill Nutting, an outstanding termite biologist who made major contributions to termite biology, both through his own research and mentoring of students, and in honor of Ruth Nutting for her support of Bill’s work. The purpose of the award is to foster research by graduate students in the field of basic termite biology. The recipient receives an award of up to US$2500 to be applied towards covering research expenses. This is a competitive grant for which students must submit research proposals detailing the work that will be supported. The award will be given to the NAS/IUSSI graduate student member, who in the opinion of the Nutting Award Committee, has the greatest potential to make a substantive contribution to the elucidation of basic termite biology. Any student member of NAS/IUSSI is eligible, so long as they have not yet completed their thesis work. Previous award recipients are not eligible for a second award.
Prior to 2010, the Nutting Award was given to recognize a graduating doctoral student that had made outstanding contributions to our undertanding of termite biology during their thesis.
The IUSSI honors a senior scientist at its quadrennial Congress with the Hamilton Prize. The highest honor we bestow, the Hamilton Prize recognizes lifetime achievement in the biology of social insects and is named in honor of the late Bill Hamilton. The recipient is chosen by an Award Selection Committee composed of the presidents of the sections or their designees and the Secretary General of the IUSSI. Recipients are individuals whose scientific contributions are profound, and who have broadly influenced colleagues and students. In 2006, Ross Crozier was chosen as the inaugural recipient, and Charles Michener took the prize in 2010. The Hamilton Prize carries with it a plaque and US$1000 honorarium.