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Lillian and Alex Feir Graduate Student Travel Award in Insect Physiology Biochemistry or Molecular Biology

Sponsored by The Entomological Foundation

Last updated March 3, 2004

The purpose of this award is to encourage graduate students working with insects or other arthopods in the broad areas of physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to affiliate with the Entomological Society of America section B and to attend the annual ESA meeting or an International Congress of Entomology. This award was established by Dorothy Feir, 1989 president of ESA, as a tribute to her parents who, at considerable self-sacrifice, encouraged education and travel experience for their daughters. Travel award is based on earnings from the investment. Awardee will also receive a certificate.


All students using arthropods to study any aspect of basic or applied physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology in their broadest senses for their masters' or doctoral research are eligible to apply. The student does not have to present a paper in order to receive the award. Students from all science departments are encouraged to apply. A student may reapply  but preference will be given to a student who has not received the award previously. The winner must be a student or full (if graduated since applying for the award) member of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) at the time he or she uses the award to attend a meeting. The winner will be presented to Section B at the meeting he or she attends.

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Nomination Process

Applications/nominations must be submitted electronically. Please click here for details on electronic submission requirements.

Award Procedures

Each applicant should submit:

1) Topic or areas of thesis research.
2) Copies of transcripts (may be unofficial ones) of all prior undergraduate and graduate education.
3) Reasons for attending the meeting.
4) Budget for attending the meeting.
5) Maximum three letters of recommendation.
6) Letter of nomination.
7) Background information and research. Click here for Guidelines for Developing Award CV. Complete sections 1, 2 & 5 only.

The student will be notified of the award by September 1. For international congresses, the student should apply in the year preceding the year of the Congress.


Application/nomination packages must be received by the Entomological Foundation Headquarters by July 1.


Any candidate nominated, but not selected, may be renominated no more than two times within the two-year period after his/her initial submission. Application/nomination packages will be retained for two years by the Entomological Foundation Headquarters. Nominators must send a letter of renomination to melodie@entfdn.org by the award deadline above. Previously submitted documentation will be used for the evaluation process unless the nominator submits new or updated documents. The renomination e-mail must contain this additional documentation. New or updated documents must follow the electronic submission requirements.


The Entomological Foundation Headquarters will notify all candidates and their nominators, where applicable, with the results of their application.

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