Entomological Society of America

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The Entomological Society of America (ESA) was founded in 1889 and today has more than 6,000 members, including educators, extension personnel, consultants, students, researchers, and scientists from agricultural departments, health agencies, private industries, colleges and universities, and state and federal governments. It serves the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. To facilitate communication among members, the ESA is divided into four sections based on entomological interests, and six branches, based on geographic proximity. The national office is located in Lanham, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Membership benefits[edit]

ESA Membership is open to anyone, including non-U.S. residents. All members receive online access to all four of ESA's journals, including back issues and new ones; the monthly ESA Newsletter; the quarterly American Entomologist magazine; discounts on books, printed journals and meeting registrations; access to the searchable membership database; and the ability to vote in ESA elections and contribute to other governing issues.

Vision Statement: The Entomological Society of America will be recognized by peer associations, the scientific community, and the public as the best forum for scientific exchange of entomological knowledge, leading to a record of positive influence within public and private institutions where this information is essential.

Mission Statement: The Entomological Society of America exists to promote the science of entomology. The Society accomplishes this through:

Disseminating original research and perspectives leading to a continuous stream of discoveries and applications relevant to the science;
Creating productive opportunities to stimulate new ideas and capitalize on the diversity and varied perspectives of the membership; and
Expanding the basic level of understanding about insects and related organisms through outreach to stakeholders of all types.


Annual meetings[edit]

The Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America is its premier event each year. For a four-day period, thousands of entomologists and professionals from related disciplines gather from around the world to exchange scientific information and ideas, enhance professional knowledge and skills, network with colleagues and re-acquaint with old friends, and conduct the business of the Society.

Certification programs[edit]

ESA offers two certification programs, the Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) and the Board Certified Entomologist (BCE). BCE is geared toward those who are formally educated in entomology and ACE more toward those with hands-on training and professional development in the field of structural pest management


The six ESA branches include five North American branches: Eastern, North Central, Pacific, Southeastern, and Southwestern. Their members are states/provinces of the USA, Canada, and Mexico, with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Southeastern Branch and the US territories of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Branch. All other nations and territories comprise the sixth, International Branch.


ESA and the Entomological Foundation provide annual honors and awards to recognize scientists, educators, and students, who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to entomology, and offer limited financial assistance for academic study.

Each of the six branches of the ESA give out the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award annually for achievement by a graduate student.

Jobs in entomology[edit]

ESA offers an opportunity for employers to publicize job openings in entomology and related fields through its monthly newsletter and web site.

Linnaean Games[edit]

The Linnaean Games are a lively question and answer, college bowl-style competition on entomological facts played between university-sponsored student teams at the ESA Annual Meeting. The winning team earns a plaque for the team's department.

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