Awards and Scholarships

Eastern Apiculture Society is proud to recognize those who contribute to the community by administering awards programs. Award programs each have their own requirements as outlined in the sections below.

For each of the research awards (James I. Hambleton Memorial Award and EAS Student Apiculture Award), the nominations must include a biographical sketch of the nominee, a list of his/her publications, specific identification of the research work on which the nomination is based, and an evaluation and appraisal of the accomplishment of the nominee, especially of work in the last five-year period for Hambleton Award nominees (or a shorter period for Student nominees). A minimum of one letter of recommendation, in addition to the nomination letter, in support of the nomination are also required. Additional documentation or letters regarding the individual’s support of the beekeeping industry and beekeepers are welcomed, but not necessary.

James I. Hambleton Memorial Award

James I. Hambleton was graduated by Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in 1917, where he specialized in bee-keeping and entomology.  From that time until he entered the Bureau of Entomology in 1921, he was engaged in beekeeping work at the University of Wisconsin, except when he was in France during the First World War.  At the bureau he conducted. Important investigations on the relation of gain in colony weight to changes in temperature, humidity and other outside factors.  In 1924 he was appointed Chief, Division of Bee Culture at the Bureau of Entomology. One of his major contributions was to bring together the books, pamphlets, and periodicals formerly kept in individual offices of the Division. Material from medical, biological, agricultural, and other non-beekeeping periodicals and abstract journals were indexed regularly by the librarian to reflect the changing interests of the scientists employed by the Division of Bee Culture. Most articles selected were obtained from the original rather than being added unverified.  This was the beginning of the Agricultural Research Service Beekeeping Bibliography which is of historical as well as current interest. It contains summaries, abstracts, and citations to books, pamphlets, and periodicals relating to beekeeping covering the period 1905-1973 without interruption and is probably the oldest available in the English language.  His laboratory continued a wide range of research into honeybees and in 1942 he and his co-workers invented a trap to collect pollen by the ton.

The James I. Hambleton Memorial Award was established by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America to recognize research excellence in apiculture.

The award is presented each year at the annual conference of the Society. Nominations and letters of recommendation should be emailed to and received no later than February 1, 2022.

James I. Hambleton Memorial Award Recipients

1973  Rolf Boch
1974  Norman Gary
1975  Basil Furgala
1976  Walter Rothenbuhler
1977  Samuel McGregor
1978  Hachiro Shimanuki
1979  S. Cameron Jay
1980  Jonathan White
1981  Elton Herbert
1982  Thomas Rinderer
1983  Thomas Gochnauer
1984  Roger Morse
1985  Alfred Dietz
1986  Eric Erickson
1987  Martha Gilliam
1988  Robert Page
1989  No Award (No conference)
1990  Christine Peng
1991  Anita Collins
1992  Mark Winston
1993  Gene Robinson
1994  Thomas Seeley
1995  William Wilson
1996  John Harbo
1997  Walter S. Sheppard
1998  Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman
1999  Gard W. Otis

2000  No Award (No nominations)
2001  No Award (No nominations)
2002  Orley ‘Chip’ Taylor
2003  Marla Spivak
2004  Jeff Pettis
2005  Stanley Schneider
2006  Keith Delaplane
2007  Greg Hunt
2008  Zachary Huang
2009  No Award (No nominations)
2010  David Tarpy
2011  Jay Evans
2012  Lilia DeGuzman
2013  Christina Grozinger
2014  Robert G. Danka
2015  Ernesto Guzman
2016 Heather R. Mattila
2017 Ramesh R. Sagili
2018 Olav Rueppell
2019 Reed Johnson
2020 No Award
2021 Juliana Rangel
2022 Dr. Stephen Pernal

Roger A. Morse Outstanding Teaching/Extension Service/Regulatory Award
Supported by Anita Weiss Foundation

This award was founded in 1999 as a memorial to Dr. Roger Morse, who pioneered today’s Master Beekeeper Program.  Dr. Morse was an American bee biologist and beekeeper. Morse was a professor of entomology at Cornell University from 1957 to 1989 who was an illustrious researcher, author and educator, held in great esteem by generations of scientists and citizen beekeepers.

The Roger A. Morse Outstanding Teaching/Extension Service/Regulatory Award Supported by Anita Weiss Foundation is given annually to recognize an individual in teaching/extension and/or regulatory activity in the field of apiculture.  Nominations for this award are welcome from any person in the field of apiculture.  Self-nominations are acceptable.  Nominations shall consist of a letter documenting the achievement of excellence in any or all the areas of teaching/extension and/or regulatory activities in apiculture.  Some indication of the appointment responsibilities should be included.  In addition, a suitable CV or resume documenting the activities of the nominee must be submitted. This award includes a $500 premium.

The award is presented each year at the annual conference of the Society. Nominations and letters of recommendation should be emailed to and received no later than February 1, 2022.

Resubmissions from a previous year should be updated if necessary, and a new cover letter should be attached which should indicate that this is a resubmission and relevant data is already in EAS possession.

2000  James E. Tew, The Ohio State University
2001  Dewey M. Caron, University of Delaware
2002  Michael Burgett, Oregon State University
2003  Malcolm Sanford, University of Florida
2004  Don Dixon, Manitoba Provincial Apiarist
2005  Marion Ellis, Ext. Specialist, University of Nebraska
2006  Tony Jadczak, Apiary Inspector, Maine
2007  Clarence Collison, Extension, Mississippi State
2008  Robert Berthold, Delaware Valley College
2009  William Michael Hood, Clemson University
2010  Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Pa Dept of Agriculture
2011  Maryann Frazier, Ext. Specialist, Penn State University

2012  Doug McRory, Ontario Provincial Apiarist
2013  Don Hopkins, Apiary Inspector, North Carolina
2014  Roger Hoopingarner, Michigan State University
2015  Medhat Nasr, Alberta Provincial Apiculturalist
2016  David Tarpy, North Carolina State University
2017 Paul G. Kelly, University of Guelph 
2018 Jon Zawislak, State Extension Apiculturist, Arkansas
2019 Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia
2020 Karen D. Rennich, University of Maryland
2021 Jamie Ellis, University of Florida
2022 Emma Mullen Walters, Cornell University

Divelbiss Award

At each annual conference, the Eastern Apicultural Society presents the Charles and Evelyn Divelbiss Education Award. This award is presented to that person or couple who has—over a period of years—reached out to the non-beekeeping public to explain the value of honey bees in our lives.

The nominee does not need to be from your own state or province. You may wish to announce this request for nominations at beekeeping meetings and in their newsletters. Feel free to contact officers of state and local organizations to request their suggestions for possible candidates and letters of support.

To initiate a nomination, write a letter outlining how the candidate has reached the general public over the years. Groups, such as 4-H clubs, Scouting organizations, school groups, community organizations, Lions Clubs, and garden clubs, as well as media interviews and exhibits at county and state fairs, qualify as non-beekeeping public.

Although the main criteria is edification of the general public, the letter may also include activities that teach Short Courses and other instructional work toward educating beekeepers and prospective beekeepers. The nominee does not need to be a member of EAS (but the Society would be delighted if the recipient would join).

The deadline for submissions is April 30th. Nominations and letters of support should be emailed to

1988Al DelicataME
1989no award 
1990Charles MrazVT
1991Bob HaasNC
1992Paul MontauxCanada
1993Staford BrownMA
1994Cliff SunflowerPA
1995George & Doris PayneDE
1996Robert HughesNJ
1997Jerry CaldwellDE
1998George ImireMD
1999Dewey CaronDE
2000Robert ColeNC
2001Francis BowenCT
2002Richard JohnsonNY
2003Tony JadczkME
2004Dan ConlonMA
2005Sherry Ferell & Dave HeilmanOH
2006Ed HolcombeTN
2007Robert MitchellDE
2008Bill TroupMD
2009Richard CrawfordNY
2010Ann HarmanVA
2011Billy DavisVA
2012Bill MaresVT
2013Becky & Ted JonesCT
2014Virginia Stephens WebbGA
2015Sam HallNY
2016Tim SchulerNJ
2017Ray WalkerDE
2017Alex ZomcheckOH
2018Michael PalmerVT
2019No AwardXX
2020Barry Thompson, MDMD
2121Tammy Horn PotterKY
2022Dr. Thomas D Seeley NY

EAS Student Apiculture Award

The EAS Student Apiculture Award was established to recognize students studying apiculture at the undergraduate or graduate level in a recognized college or university in the United States or Canada. The Student Award includes a $1,000 premium.

The award is presented each year at the annual conference of the Society.

Nominations and letters of recommendation should be emailed to Awardnomination@easternapiculture.organd received no later than February 1, 2022.

EAS Student Apiculture Award 

1979  Mark Winston, University of Kansas*
1980  Richard Nunnamaker, University of Wyoming
1981  Osman Kaftanoghu, University
             of California-Davis
1982  Alan Bolton, University of Florida
1983  Gloria de Grandi-Hoffman, Michigan State
1984  No Award
1985  Gene Robinson, Cornell University*
1986  Daniel Pesante, Louisiana State
1987  Robert Danka, Louisiana State*
1988  Michael Smirle, Simon Fraser
1989  No Award, (No conference)
1990  Jeff Pettis, Texas A&M*
1991  Ken Naumann, Simon Fraser
1992  Ernesto Guzman-Novoa, University
             of California-Davis*
1993  Lilia de Guzman, Louisiana State*
1994  Tanya Pankiw, Simon Fraser
1995  Diana Sammataro, Ohio State
1996  Tugrul Giray, University of Illinois, Urbana
1997  Elizabeth A. Capaldi, Michigan State University
1998  Michael S. Stanghellini, North Carolina State
1999  No Award (No nominations)
2000  No Award (No nominations)
2001  Paula A. Macedo. University of Nebraska
2002  David Schultz, University of Illinois

2003  Heather Mattila, University Of Guelph
2004  Selim Dedej, University Of Georgia
2005  Lora Morandin, Simon Fraser University
2006  Shelley Hoover, Simon Fraser University
2007  Nick Aliano, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
2008  Geoff Williams, Acadia University, Wolfville,
             Nova Scotia
2009  Reed Johnson, University of Illinois
2010  No Award
2011  Elina Lastro Niño, Pennsylvania State University
2012  No Award
2013  No Award
2014  Daniel Borges, University of Guelph, Ontario
2015  Andony Melathopoulos, Dalhousie University,
             Nova Scotia
2016 Cameron Jasper, UC Davis Entomology 
2017 Michael L. Smith, Cornell University
2018 James Withrow, North Carolina State University
2019 Lauren Rusert, North Carolina State University
2020 Cameron Jack, University of Florida
2021 Award winner Abigail Chapman, University of British Columbia
2022 Award Winner Alvaro De La Mora, University of Guelph