Awards & Grants

George C. Eickwort Student Research Award

This award, named in honor of the late George Eickwort, recognizes outstanding research by a graduate or undergraduate student. 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 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 certificate and a US$1000 honorarium and the recipient will be honored at that year’s annual business meeting. A call for nominations is issued in the Fall.

2016 Recipient – Marek Borowiec
2015 Recipient – Sabrina Amador Vargas
2014 Recipient – Sarah Lawson
2013 Recipient – Clint Penick
2012 Recipient – Adrian Smith
2011 Recipient – Sandra Rehan
2010 Recipient – Barrett Klein
2009 Recipient – Christian Rabeling
2008 Recipient – Christopher Smith
2007 Recipient – Sasha Mikheyev
2006 Recipient – Heather Mattila
2005 Recipient – Timothy Linksvayer

Hamilton Prize

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. A call for nominations is issued once every four years, just prior to the quadrennial congress of the IUSSI.

Robert L. and Louise B. Jeanne Social Wasp Research Grant

This grant is endowed by Robert L. and Louise B. Jeanne to encourage graduate student research into any aspect of the basic biology of social wasps. The recipient receives an award of up to US$2,500 to be applied towards covering research expenses, including equipment, travel for field work, and the hiring of field assistance. This is a competitive grant for which the applicant must submit a research proposal detailing the work that will be supported. The award will be given to the NAS/IUSSI student member whose research has the greatest potential to make a substantive contribution to our understanding of the basic biology of this group. Any graduate student member of NAS/IUSSI is eligible, as long as they have not yet completed their thesis work. Previous award recipients are not eligible for a second award. A call for proposals is issued in the Spring.

2016 Recipient – Cameron Fay

Jeffery P. La Fage Student Award for Applied Research on Social Insect Pests

This award, established in memory of Dr. Jeffery Paul La Fage, recognizes a Ph.D. graduate student for their work on a species of social insect that is considered a pest. Dr. La Fage, a Professor of Entomology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, studied the biology and control of the invasive subterranean termite Coptotermes formosanus. The award is given to a student who, in the opinion of the Award Committee, shows the most distinguished record of research and scholarly activity on social insects with an applied emphasis. Work addressing control of social insect pests, or fostering beneficial social insects is appropriate, but the research must be aimed at solving an applied problem. Any graduate 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. Previous award recipients are not eligible for a second award. The award carries with it a certificate and a US$500 honorarium, and the recipient will be recognized at that year’s annual business meeting. A call for nominations is issued in the Fall.

2016 Recipient – Kaira Wagoner
2015 Recipient – Qian “Karen” Sun
2014 Recipient – Karl Glastad

Prior to 2014, the La Fage Award was given as a grant to promote research in insect pest species.

2013 Recipient – Brittany Delong
2012 Recipient – Paul Bardunias
2011 Recipient – Timothy J. Husen
2010 Recipient – Award Not Given
2009 Recipient – Nicola Gallagher
2008 Recipient – Neil A. Spomer
2007 Recipient – Alvaro Romero
2006 Recipient – Qiang Xu
2005 Recipient – Donald Oswalt
2004 Recipient – Marc Fisher
2003 Recipient – Catherine Long
2002 Recipient – Corey E. Campora
2001 Recipient – Karl Haagsma
2000 Recipient – Raj K. Saran
1999 Recipient – Kirsten A. Copren
1998 Recipient – James W. Austin
1997 Recipient – Thomas Guy Shelton
1996 Recipient – Hippolito O’Farrill-Nieves
1995 Recipient – Dini M. Miller
1994 Recipient – Brian J. Cabrera
1993 Recipient – Steven M. Valles
1992 Recipient – Brice A. McPherson
1991 Recipient – Faith Fujimoto-Oi

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 Student 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. A call for proposals is issued in the Spring.

2016 Recipient – Mark Janowiecki
2015 Recipient – Qian “Karen” Sun
2014 Recipient – Karl Glastad
2013 Recipient – Erin Cole
2012 Recipient – Tamara Hartke
2011 Recipient – Timothy K. O’Connor

Prior to 2010, the Nutting Award was given to recognize a graduating doctoral student that had made outstanding contributions to our understanding of termite biology during their thesis.

2009 Recipient – Thomas Chouvenc
2008 Recipient – Hou-Feng Li
2007 Recipient – Matthew Tarver

Tschinkel Ant Natural History Research Grant

This grant was endowed by Victoria and Walter Tschinkel to encourage graduate student research into basic natural history and biology of ants (in the broad sense), areas that have often been neglected. The thinking behind this grant program can be found in two essays: Tschinkel WR and Wilson EO (2014) Scientific natural history: telling the epics of nature, BioScience 64:438-443; and Tschinkel WR (2010) Back to basics: sociometry and sociogenesis of ant societies (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecol. News 14:49-54. 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 whose research has the greatest potential to make a substantive contribution to ant natural history. 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. A call for proposals is issued in the Spring.

2016 Recipient – Brian Haney
2015 Recipient – Brendon Boudinot

2 Responses to Awards & Grants

  1. Steven Messer says:

    Hello,

    When are applications for the Tschinkel ant natural history grant going to become available for 2017?

  2. Hi Steven: Hopefully by now you have seen the 2017 call for nominations, posted both to the IUSSI-NAS listserv as well as the ‘Home’ page here.

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