Awards

Each year at the annual meeting, VMCA recognizes individuals or a group of individuals who have contributed to making the VMCA the best it can be. The Awards Committee and VMCA Executive Board accept nominations of members and peers who deserve recognition. Please send your nominations and supporting documentation via email to Awards Committee Chair Jennifer Barritt (JBarritt@vbgov.com) by January 1st.

Award Descriptions

  • R.E. Dorer Award: The highest honor award that may be given to a very elite individual that has contributed much to VMCA
  • Honorary Membership: An award that may be given to someone that has contributed to VMCA and may be near retirement
  • Dr. Jorge Arias Student Competition Award:  Award given to the winner of that year’s VMCA student competition.
  • Dr. Bruce Harrison Mosquito Research Award:  Award bestowed on an individual or group of individuals who have contributed greatly to the improvement of mosquito knowledge in or affecting the state of Virginia through the peer-reviewed publication of mosquito research and shown a dedication to the sharing of this knowledge through teaching and training.
  • Distinguished Service Award: Awarded for exceptional service with VMCA organizational work
  • Outstanding Service Award: Awarded for exceptional service in field work
  • Certificate of Appreciation: Award given to a non-member that did some special service for VMCA

Pictured Above

  • Top left: George Wojcik (right), 2018 VMCA President, receives the presidential plaque from President Elect LaToya White (left)
  • Top Middle: Joe Strickhouser (right) receives the Honorary Member Award from 2018 VMCA President George Wojcik (left)
  • Top right: Karen Akaratovic (right) receives the Distinguished Service Award from 2018 VMCA President George Wojcik (left)
  • Bottom left: LaToya White (left), 2019 VMCA President receives the presidential plaque form President Elect, Andy Lima (right)
  • Bottom middle: Laura Bitzer (right) receives the 2018 Dr. Jorge Arias Student Competition Award from 2017 VMCA President Jeff Hottenstein (left)
  • Middle right: Amanda DeVleeschower (right) receives the 2019 Dr. Jorge Arias Student Competition Award from 2018 VMCA President George Wojcik (left)
  • Bottom right: Olivia Spencer (left) receives the 2020 Dr. Jorge Arias Student Competition Award from 2019 VMCA President LaToya White (right)

Past awards

Click below for a list of past award recipients.