The Coleopterists Society, an international organization of professionals and hobbyists interested in the study of beetles, has established the Coleopterists Society Youth Incentive Award to recognize and support young people in grades 7-12 interested in studying beetles.
The program aims to provide encouragement and assistance to young beetle enthusiasts; promote the study of beetles, the most diverse group of insects, as a rewarding lifelong avocation or career; provide opportunities for young people to develop important life skills such as leadership, cooperation, communication, planning and conducting a scientific study, grant writing, and managing funds; and provide some financial support to enrich activities or projects.
One junior and one senior will receive a monetary grant of $150; award recipients also will receive up to $200 (junior) or $400 (senior) worth of equipment credit from BioQuip Products, Inc. In addition, winners will receive a one-year subscription to the society's journal. The proposed activities or projects will be evaluated on their degree of creativity, educational benefit to the applicant, scientific merit, feasibility and budgetary planning.
To be eligible, applicants must be students in grades 7-12.
See the Coleopterists Society website for complete program guidelines, information about grant recipients from previous years, and application instructions.