On August 6, 2018, the Board of Directors announced the 2018 awardees of Entomological Foundation grants. For this year’s cycle, 21 applications were received with requests for a total of $34,538.02. A total of $5,554 was available for award from the general fund and $667 was available from the Young Women in Science fund. The winning grant applications are listed below. Additional information about the winning entries will be posted in the coming weeks:
Exceptional grants (over $2,500):
- No exceptional grants were awarded in 2018
Large grants ($1,000 – $2,499):
- Northern Arizona University – $1,570 was awarded to fund two projects that support the Adventures in Arthropod Biodiversity program. The grants will fund scholarships for girls ages 6-10 and mentorships for two high school girls, particularly those of Hispanic and/or Native American descent. Funds from the Young Women in Science fund were used to supplement this award.
- Milwaukee Public Museum – $1,200 was awarded to help fund the Discovering Milwaukee Fireflies project, which seeks to build science literacy among urban youth through curriculum based on firefly education, including sampling, monitoring, data analysis, and more.
Regular Grants ($501 – $999):
- Children’s Museum of Bozeman – $750 was awarded toward the development of a new insect exhibit entitled “It’s A Bug’s World”.
- Pinecrest Elementary School – $686 was awarded to fund a 4th grade bug club which seeks to increase student engagement with science.
- Elementary Institute of Science – $650 was awarded to fund a new program entitled “Endemic Insect Species of Southern California,” a week-long summer project where students collect, preserve, and display insect species found in and within one mile of the institute.
- Public School 185 – $600 was awarded to fund a 3-month insect study by first-graders. The project will have urban youth studying mealworms, waxworms, silkworms, and painted lady butterflies.
Micro Grants ($500 and less):
- 4-H Cockroach Program – $465 was awarded to expand an existing middle school program by adding four new colonies. The program uses live insects and hands-on labs to teach STEM topics such as anatomy, physiology, physics, and evolution to young and developing scientists.
- South McKeel Academy – $204 was awarded to a 4th grade analysis of bess beetles. The study will include strength experiments to analyze the beetles’ pulling power
- R. Steve Folsom Elementary School – $105 was awarded to fund the purchase of mealworm kits for 4th graders that will engage in observational studies of life cycle changes. The project will also tie in to an economics unit whereby students will create a business plan to develop a mealworm farming business.