School of
Integrative Biology

The William H. Luckmann Award for Research in Applied Entomology

Illinois Natural History Survey

Applications will be accepted until 5 pm, Friday, 25 March 2023 for The William H. Luckmann Award for Research in Applied Entomology. This award provides funds to support student attendance and presentation of research at this year's Entomological Society of America (ESA) Meeting, or a meeting of another appropriate professional society within 12 calendar months following receipt of the award.

The Award:

Dr. William H. Luckmann served as a researcher and administrator for applied entomological programs at the Illinois Natural History Survey from 1949 through 1984. His work contributed greatly to advances in integrated pest management in field and vegetable crops. Upon his retirement, an endowment was established to foster and reward research in applied entomology.

The first William H. Luckmann Award was granted in 1994. This year's award will provide up to $1,000 for travel, lodging, and related expenses for presenting research results at the North Central Branch, ESA, Annual Meeting of the ESA, or a meeting of another appropriate professional scientific society. Participation in professional society meetings provides students with valuable experience and professional contacts.


Current graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Illinois are eligible to compete for this award. Research may be carried out in any department of the University, may be basic and/or applied, but should have some focus on aspects of applied entomology such as arthropod pest management, use of insects in biological control programs, pollinators, or natural areas health. The research may be carried out for agricultural, horticultural, urban, medical or natural areas systems. Previous award winners are not eligible to apply.

To Apply:

Completion of application form and a brief written summary of the applicant's research goals, methods, and results is required. Please submit the application as one document.

Application Must Be Received By: 5 pm, Friday, 25 March 2023.

I. Applicant Information (submitted as Page 1)

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Phone:
  • E-mail address:
  • Degree for which research was conducted (BS, MS or PhD):
  • Academic Department:
  • Advisor:
  • Title of thesis, dissertation, or research report:
  • Year(s) during which research was conducted:
  • Indicate the meeting you intend to use this award to attend?

II. Research Summary-maximum 2 additional pages, single-spaced, 12-point font. (Reference list is not included in page count.)

  • An explanation of the purpose of your research, including background on the context of your research topic.
  • A brief summary of your methods and results.
  • A discussion of how your findings might contribute to your applied entomology discipline.
  • A brief explanation about why the meeting you plan to attend is appropriate for presentation of your work.

Please submit the application (Sections I and II) as one document, either as MS Word or PDF. Email the completed application to:
Questions can be directed to Dr. Chris Stone at the above email address.

Application must be received by: 5 pm, Friday, 25 March 2023.