The Entomological Society of Alberta established the Carr Award in 1996 to honour contributions to the furtherance of entomology in Alberta, excluding professional obligations, by outstanding non-professional people (hobbiests) and professional entomologists. On October 30, 2004, the Award was renamed the “Frederick S. Carr Award”. The Award may be given for outstanding work in teaching or research, community projects, publicity, popular writing, preparation of curriculum materials, or any other activity that contributes to the image or substance of entomology in Alberta. This honour is bestowed no more than once per year. The Board of Directors, after considering recommendations from the Awards Committee, votes on all nominees put forth.
Frederick Stephen Carr (born 1881) moved to Alberta from Ontario, and taught school in Innisfail from 1904 to 1909, then in Edmonton from 1909 to 1919. Thereafter, he became a school inspector moving to Medicine Hat in 1921. Carr’s entomological interest was beetles, amassing 100,000 specimens from Alberta and publishing the first list of these insects from the province. He also collected Lepidoptera in the Medicine Hat and Cypress Hills regions. After his death, in 1934, his collection was donated to the University of Alberta in 1939 by his son John, and daughter-in-law Bertha, who have continued to collect the beetles and butterflies of the province.
Nominations by ESA members, consisting of a letter outlining the accomplishments or attributes of the nominee, may be submitted to the Secretary of the Society at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting.