Student Awards

2018 Entomological Society of Queensland $500 Student Award blue butterfly

This is an award by the Society to encourage entomological research. Honours, Diploma and 4th year Degree students who received their qualification from any Queensland tertiary education institution in 2016 or 2017 may submit their entomology based thesis or report for consideration. Entrants need not be Society members. Entries are judged by a panel of entomologists appointed by the President of the Society. The winner will be announced at the May General Meeting and is then invited to present a summary of their research at the June Notes and Exhibits meeting of the Society. Deadline to apply is 6 April 2018.

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The ESQ Small Grants Scheme

ESQ Council initiated the Small Grants Scheme in 2017 to further encourage entomological research and study, especially in our wonderfully diverse state of Queensland! We see this as an excellent way to reinvest Society resources into our membership community, providing support to undertake a project that advances our understanding of the amazing insect world that surrounds us. Projects can be anything related to entomology, including targeted collecting trips, visits to museums or other institutions, ecological, physiological or behavioural studies, or even work that's more applied and in the agricultural or medical fields.

A pro forma is available on the ESQ website, with applications due to the ESQ Secretary by no later than the 31st of March 2018. Contact the ESQ Secretary, (, if you would like a hard copy pro forma posted to you.

The maximum budget for the project is $2000, with the successful applicant announced by the end of June 2018. Funds will be available from July 2018 and the project is to be undertaken between July 2018 and June 2019. While this grant scheme is open to all ESQ members, both far and wide, we encourage submission of project proposals with a Queensland entomology focus. We also encourage you to consider projects that may be suitable for submission to the Australian Entomologist journal, or even a note for the ESQ News Bulletin or presentation at one of ESQ's General Meetings!

The 2016 Student Award

The recipient of the 2016 ESQ Student Award was Marisa Stone working with Dr Nigel Stork and Dr Carla Catterall at thel Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University. There were four Honours theses submitted for consideration this year. All were interesting and well done, however, Marisa's thesis on "Edge effects on insects within urban fragmented eucalypt forests" was chosen to receive the award. Marisa presented an overview of her thesis at our Notes and Exhibits meeting in June. The other contenders were invited to present a brief paragraph about their research for the News Bulletin.

Past Awards

2015: Tom Semple, University of Queensland

Systematics and ecology of the Australian gall-inducing insect genus Cystococcus (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Eriococcidae), including a description of a new species

2014: Gurion Ang, University of Queensland

Species-specific responses of insect herbivores and their parasitoids to temporal changes in host plant volatile profiles

2013: Andrew Maynard, University of Queensland

Understanding bioluminescence synchronisation displayed by larvae of Arachnocampa tasmaniensis: A behavioural and phylogenetic approach

2012: Nicholas Appleton, University of Queensland

The genomic response to natural and sexual selection during adaptation to a novel environment

2011: Rebecca Morley, University of Queensland

Exploring the effect of light on glow-worm bioluminescence

2010: Penelope Mills, University of Queensland

How many species are there in the Apiomorpha minor species-group? Morphological, DNA sequence and chromosome evidence