Hi Everyone - I just wanted to make sure you are all aware of the various awards available though the Coleopterists Society (see below).  There are lots of opportunities for students - please forward the message to anyone who might be eligible/interested.  It would be nice to see lots of scarab-related entries!


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From: Derek Sikes <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Message from the President of The Coleopterists Society
Date: February 9, 2018 at 2:18:49 PM EST
To: Derek Sikes <[log in to unmask]>

Greetings Coleopterists,

Information on a number of important awards which share a March 1 application deadline and notes follow:

Vaurie Monograph. Submissions are due soon for the annual Coleopterists Society Patricia Vaurie Monograph Series (1 March deadline) that is distributed annually as a Supplement to Issue 4. If you have a major monograph complete or nearly complete, the Vaurie Monograph series is a great outlet, with no page charges for black and white print and figures. For 2018, we are offering a special deal: 20 color plates in print at no charge! [$75 per page beyond 20 with color in print.] Please send your submissions to Joe McHugh [log in to unmask]

Jean T. Lacordaire Prize - Awarded for the best published paper based on a doctoral dissertation with a $1,000 cash prize. This year's award will recognize papers published during 2017. For nomination guidelines see:

J. Gordon Edwards Prize - Awarded for the best published paper based on a master's thesis with a $500 cash prize. Again, this will be for papers published during 2017. For details see:

Please send your award nominations before March 1, and/or questions to:   [log in to unmask]  soon!

Graduate Student Research Enhancement Award (GSREA). Funding is available for The Coleopterists Society’s GSREA awards (which share an annual March 1 deadline). A single “Program Award” of $5000 is given annually. “Improvement Awards” of up to $2000 each may also be given. Awards are limited to graduate student members of The Coleopterists Society. The revised guidelines are on p. 764 of the December 2017 issue of The Coleopterists Bulletin and also on the website Awards page.

Honorary Membership.  This award recognizes long-time members for their dedication to the Coleopterists Society, and to Coleopterology in general. For nominating guidelines see:

You can send your nominations/questions for Honorary Membership to me:  [log in to unmask]

And don’t forget about our Youth Incentive Award! For students in grades 7-12.  Please pass this on to the science teachers you know.  The deadline for submission is later in the year (1 September 2018) but teachers can be thinking about this ahead of time.

2018 The Coleopterists Society general meeting. Mark your calendars – November 13th, 8pm, Vancouver, in conjunction with the Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) and Entomological Society of British Columbia (ESBC) joint annual meeting.

Society Website. We are building a new website to go live in April, 2018. Stay tuned for more details on this.

Memorial volume of The Coleopterists Bulletin for Honorary Members Anne Howden and Horace Burke. This will focus on weevils but other beetle taxa can be included. The deadline for manuscript submission is December 31, 2018. No page charges, but author pays for color figures in print ($75 per page). For further information and submission contact
Bob Anderson - [log in to unmask]

And last but certainly not least... Membership Renewal. Don’t let your membership in the Society lapse! Renewals are quick and easy, via the website at:
Or by sending renewal payments to the Treasurer:

Paul J. Johnson
Insect Biodiversity Lab.
Box 2207A / South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007, USA

Thank you for taking the time to renew your membership and nominate deserving papers and members. The nominating process is fairly simple, just check the links for the guidelines, or contact me with any questions you may have.


Derek Sikes
President, The Coleopterists Society
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