Awarded Annually for the Best Published Paper Based upon a Master’s Thesis

The Edwards Prize gives annual recognition to the finest work by young coleopterists. In addition to a cash prize of $500 and a plaque, the Edwards Prize represents the attainment of the highest achievement for master’s thesis research based on the biology and evolution of beetles. Papers enter competition for the Prize grouped by the calendar year of publication. Nominations from the scientific community at-large and a distinguished panel of world leaders of the coleopterist community are judged by a Selection Committee of top researchers. Previous winners were:

  • 2020 WINNER. Stephanie Vaz (for the paper: Vaz, S., J. R. M. Mermudes, P. C. Paiva, and L. F. L. Da Sil- veira. 2020. Systematic review and phylogeny of the firefly genus Dilychnia (Lampyridae: Lampyrinae), with notes on geographical range. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 190: 844–888.
  • 2019
  • 2018 WINNER. Mario Cupello (for the paper Cupello, M. & Vaz-de-Mello, F.Z. 2018. Monographic revision of the Neotropical dung beetle genus Sylvicanthon Halffter & Martínez, 1977 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Deltochilini), including a reappraisal of the taxonomic history of “Canthon sensu lato”. European Journal of Taxonomy, 467: 1‒205.
  • 2017 WINNER. Stephen M. Baca (for the paper Baca, S.M., Toussaint, E.F.A., Miller, K.B., and Short, A.E.Z. 2017. Molecular phylogeny of the aquatic beetle family Noteridae (Coleoptera: Adephaga) with an emphasis on data partitioning strategies. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 107: 282–292.)
  • 2016 WINNER. Charles Hart (for the paper Hart, C.J. and Ivie, M.A., 2016. A revision of the genus Diastolinus Mulsant and Rey (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 70(3), pp.485-540.)
  • 2015 WINNER. Jennifer Shaughney for Shaughney, Jennifer M., and Brett C. Ratcliffe. 2015. A Monographic Revision of the Genus Hoplopyga Thomson, 1880 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 69: 579-538.
  • 2014 WINNER. Luiz Felipe Lima Da Silveira for Da Silveira, Luis Felipe Lima and José Ricardo M. Mermudes. 2014. Systematic review of the firefly genus Amydetes Illiger, 1807 (Coleoptera: Lampyridae), with descriptions of 13 new species. Zootaxa 3765: 201-248.
  • 2013 WINNER. Nathan Lord for Lord, N.P., & J.V. McHugh. 2013. A taxonomic revision of the genus Deretaphrus Newman, 1842 (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea: Bothrideridae). The Coleopterists Society Monograph 12: 1-107.
  • 2012 WINNER. Juan Pablo Botero R. & Marcela L. Monné. 2012. Revision of the genus Andraegoidus Aurivillius (Insecta: Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Zootaxa 3169: 1-60.
  • 2011. There were no nominations for the prize.
  • 2010 WINNER. Sarah M. Smith & Anthony I. Cognato. A taxonomic revision of Camptocerus Dejean (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Insecta Mundi, 148: 1-88.
  • 2009 WINNER. Katie J. Hopp. A Revision of the West Indian Genus Nesocyrtosoma Marcuzzi (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Coleopterists Society Monograph No. 8.
  • 2008 WINNER. Eugenio H. Nearns. Revision and phylogeny of the tribes Curiini LeConte and Plectromerini Nearns & Branham, new tribe (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae). Memoirs of the American Entomological Society, 47: 1-117.

Deadline for RECEIPT of Nominations is 1 March of each year.

Awards are presented at the annual meeting of the Coleopterists Society, in the year following the competition period (e.g., November 2010 for papers published during 2009).

Each year, the Edwards Prize will be awarded to the author of the best paper dealing with the systematics or biology of Coleoptera based upon a master’s thesis published in the preceding calendar year. Nominations are solicited, and the Prize will be awarded, according to the following procedures and criteria: Nominations are open to papers whose primary subject is some aspect of Coleoptera systematics or biology, published in a widely distributed, ICZN-compliant publication available by subscription (journal) or sale (book). Publications in any language using the Latin alphabet are acceptable. The only papers that are eligible are papers where the student was the lead (first) author. When multi-authored papers are considered the prize will be awarded only to the former student and not to any of the other authors.

Nominations consist of a letter of nomination, including the name and citation of the publication, the name and current address of the author, a letter from the major professor attesting to the fact that the paper is based upon a master’s thesis, and a PDF of the work. The letter from the major professor should include a breakdown of each author’s contribution for multi-authored papers (demonstrating that the student did the bulk of the work). No further documentation is required. If available, a photograph of the author is requested for publicity purposes. Self-nominations are not accepted.

For further information or to make a nomination, contact:

Dr. Darren A. Pollock, Chair
Department of Biology
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM 88130, USA