Awards

AOCS Awards recognize individuals and companies who have made outstanding contributions to science, industry, and our Society. With your help, the AOCS awards program can continue to recognize those individuals who are worthy of this honor.

The AOCS Awards Program is an integral part of the Society’s commitment to advance the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants and related materials. Each award acknowledges a leader who works passionately to further the science of fats and oils, by working toward new and innovative applications.

Nominations

Each award has unique nomination and deadline requirements.

  • All paperwork must be completed and received at AOCS by the nomination deadline.
  • Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Nomination materials should be submitted as PDF files and emailed to awards@aocs.org.

For information regarding award eligibility,  please contact: Moghis Amhad, Awards Chairperson, or email: AOCS Awards Program

The A.R. Richard Baldwin Distinguished Service Award is the Society's highest service award, and was first given in 1981 to Dr. A. Richard Baldwin in recognition of his lengthy and distinguished service to AOCS. This award is sponsored by Cargill Inc.

The award consists of a plaque, a $2,000 honorarium, and a $1,500 travel allowance for the recipient to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must be current members of AOCS, and have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions to the Society, or supported the activities of the Society through officer and/or committee participation over a substantial period of time.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society, in addition to up to two letters supporting the nomination, submitted from individuals familiar with the candidate's Society service.

Nomination materials should be submitted by October 1.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.

The AAOCS Award of Scientific Excellence in Lipid Research is awarded to a scientist from within the Australasian region that has made a significant research contribution towards fats and oils research, either cumulative or one major advancement. The award is held every second year in conjunction with the Section's biennial conference.

The award consists of a plaque, a $1500 AUI travel stipend for the recipient to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, and complimentary registration for the biennial AAOCS meeting, where the recipient will deliver an award lecture.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates will have made a significant contribution in basic or applied research and that knowledge must either have a significant effect on advances in the discipline or hold substantial promise for its effect in the near future. Candidates must also be members of the AAOCS the year they apply for the award.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter which summarizes the candidate's research accomplishments, at least two letters of support from scientists familiar with the candidate's research, and professional biographical information which includes a list of publications, degrees held along with the granting institutions, and a list of positions held during the candidate's professional career.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to Amy Logan, Amy.Logan@csiro.au, by May 15.

2017 Recipient

Peter NicholsPeter Nichols is Honorary Research Fellow at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere in Hobart Tas, Australia and Director at PDNOils in Tasmania, Australia.



The ACI Distinguished Paper Award recognizes the best technical paper published in the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD). The ACI Distinguished Paper Award is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI).

The award consists of a plaque for the main author, and certificates for all contributing authors.

Eligibility

All papers published within JSD are eligible, barring articles listing author(s) who received the award within the previous three years.

Nominations

All JSD journal articles are automatically considered. Selection begins after publication of the 4th quarter JSD.

2018 Recipients

Chodchanok Attaphong and David A. Sabatini, Optimized Microemulsion Systems for Detergency of Vegetable Oils at Low Surfactant Concentration and Bath Temperature (JSD 20(4):805-813).

Initiated by the Industrial Oil Products Division, the ACI/NBB Glycerine Innovation Award recognizes outstanding achievement for research into new applications for glycerine with particular emphasis on commercial viability. The award is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

The award consists of a plaque, a $5000 honorarium, and an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates have conducted research which has led to new applications for glycerine. Preference is given to research that has existing or potential commercial applications.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter limited to two pages which describes original research work in applications and uses of glycerine. Up to two letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments, and published journal articles relating to the research may also be included.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.

The prestigious Archer Daniels Midland Award for Best Paper in Protein and Co-Products recognizes outstanding papers that report original research in Chemistry/Nutrition and Engineering/Technology fields of protein and co-products, published in AOCS Press publications over the past year.

The award consists of a plaque for the main author and certificates for all contributing authors.

Eligibility

All papers related to protein and co-products published during the past year in AOCS Press publications are eligible for this award. Eligible topics on non-lipid fractions include extraction, processing, nutrition, toxicology or biochemistry of animal and vegetable proteins, carbohydrates, industrial ingredients, or natural products.

Nominations

To be considered for the award, eligible journal articles should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by January 15.

2018 Recipients

Chemistry/Nutrition Category
Ljiljana Popović, Žužana Stolić, Jelena Čakarević, Aleksandra Torbica, Jelena Tomić and Mirjana Šijački, Biologically Active Digests from Pumpkin Oil Cake Protein: Effect of Cross-linking by Transglutaminase (JAOCS 94(10):1245-1251).

Engineering/Technology Category
Mila P. Hojilla-Evangelista and Roque L. Evangelista, Effects of Steam Distillation and Screw-Pressing on Extraction, Composition and Functional Properties of Protein in Dehulled Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) (JAOCS 94(2):315-324).

The Alton E. Bailey Award recognizes outstanding research and exceptional service in the field of lipids and associated products. This prestigious award commemorates Alton E. Bailey's outstanding contributions to the field of fats and oils as a researcher, an author of several standard books in the field and as a leader in the work of the Society. This award is sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland Company.

The award consists of a plaque, a $750 honorarium, and an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must be an AOCS member in good standing, who has made significant contributions to the science and technology of lipids, and rendered outstanding leadership to the Society.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include at least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments. A current Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents should be included.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

2018 Recipient

Dharma R. KodaliDharma R. Kodali, Research Professor in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and previously was a professor at Boston University. He is a world-recognized expert in lipids and new product development and has over 35 years of research experience in academia and industry. His AOCS accomplishments include the American Chemical Society’s Industrial Innovation Award (2002) and the American Oil Chemists’ Society’s Timothy L. Mounts Award (2003). He is an elected Fellow of AOCS (2010). He has served in the American Oil Chemists’ Society in various capacities, including chairing the Industrial Oil Products Division; teaching short courses; serving as Associate Editor and peer reviewer of JAOCS; serving as Session Chair at National meetings and on Books and Publications and Recognition Program committees.





 

The Analytical Division Student Award is awarded to a graduate student in the field of lipid analytical chemistry, and is sponsored by the AOCS Analytical Division.

The award consists of a certificate, a $250 honorarium, and a $500 travel allowance to the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture or a poster presentation.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Analytical Division's technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Subin R. C. K. Rajendran Subin R. C. K. Rajendran, Dalhousie University, Canada.

 

The Analytical Division Poster Competition is designed to stimulate additional interest in the submission of quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consists of a certificate and a $150 honorarium.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted and selected for the Analytical Division Poster Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.


The AOCS Award of Merit recognizes an AOCS Member with a history of outstanding service to AOCS. The recipient will display marked leadership in administrative activities, meritorious service on AOCS committees, or perform an outstanding activity or service that has advanced the Society's prestige, standing, or interests.

The award consists of a plaque, presented to the recipient at the Awards Plenary session during the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must be AOCS members in good standing, and may not be current or previous members of the AOCS Governing Board.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society, in addition to at least one letter supporting the nomination, submitted from individuals familiar with the candidate's Society service.

Nomination materials should be submitted by October 1.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.

The AOCS Corporate Achievement Award recognizes industry achievement for an outstanding process, product, or contribution that has made an impact on its industry segment. This award is presented every second year.

The award consists of a plaque, presented to the recipient at the Awards Plenary session during the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a letter of nomination not exceeding four pages in length, and one or two letters supporting the nomination from individuals familiar with the company's product/process. The nomination letter should describe development of the product or process under consideration, and its importance in terms of public health, and its scientific, technological, and economic impact. To assist with the selection process, product samples, promotional videos, and reprints describing the product or process, may also be included.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.


AOCS Fellow Award is a category of AOCS membership that recognizes achievements in science, or extraordinary service to the Society. Such contributions are not limited to research, but may include such areas as industrial achievement, leadership, education, administration, communications, or regulatory affairs.

The award consists of plaques for the recipients and special recognition during the Awards Plenary Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

The award is open to current AOCS members with at least 15 continuous years of AOCS membership.

Nominations

Nomination materials include the Fellow application, between 2 and 5 supporting letters from individuals familiar with the candidate's industry accomplishments or Society service, and a detailed Curriculum Vitae.

Nomination materials should be submitted by October 1.

2018 Recipients
Rotimi Aluko Rotimi Aluko, Professor in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. He is also the Assistant Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, Winnipeg. He obtained a PhD (Food Science) degree in 1996 from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His work focuses on the structure-function properties of food proteins and peptides with special focus on oilseeds and pulses. Dr. Aluko has been involved with AOCS as a regular conference attendee as well as a technical session organizer and oral paper presenter in the Protein and Co-Products (PCP) Division for the past 13 years. Dr. Aluko also served as Chair of the PCP Division from 2008 to 2010.

Nurhan Dunford Nurhan Dunford, Professor in Oklahoma State University, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department and has a joint appointment with the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Product Center as an oil and oilseed specialist. Her research focuses on optimization of sustainable processing technologies and advancing utilization of industrial by-products and waste streams for value-added product development including biofuels, functional foods and other industrial bioproducts. Dr. Dunford has served on AOCS committees as the Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the AOCS Processing Division, AOCS Division Council Chair, 2012 AOCS Annual Meeting General Chairperson, chaired many award committees, organized and chaired numerous annual meeting technical sessions, edited two books for the AOCS Press and contributed scientific articles to the Society journals. In recognition of her contribution to the Society, she received the 2011 Timothy L. Mounts Award and 2015 Award of Merit.

Daniel K.Y. Solaiman Daniel K.Y. Solaiman, Research Molecular Biologist/Lead Scientist at the Eastern Regional Research Center of ARS, USDA, has made significant scientific contribution to the field of microbially-produced lipid-based polymers and surfactants. His research team received AOCS’ venerable ACI/NBB Glycerine Innovation Research Award. Since joining AOCS in 2000, Solaiman has actively been involved and served the Society in many capacities. He is most active in the Biotechnology Division, serving in its Executive Steering Committee (2008-2012) as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair. Dan was also active in the then-Publication Steering Committee (2003-2012), serving as its 1st Vice Chair for a period and was assigned as Chair for a few important search committees. When invited, Dan was always willingly serve as a member in many awards, canvassing and other selection committees. He also contributed to the Society’s book publication efforts by co-editing “Biobased Surfactants and Detergents: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications” in 2010 and its ongoing revision.

Xuebing Xu Xuebing Xu, General Manager of Wilmar Global Research and Development Center, Shanghai, China. Dr. Xu’s areas of research include lipid technology, food/lipid/ingredients functionality, and enzyme technology. Dr. Xu has been involved in a number of activities in AOCS. He is the associate editor of JAOCS (2005- present), was member of student paper award evaluation committees (2003-2006), member of evaluation committees for Chang Award (2009-2010, 2013) and Young Scientist Award (2016-2017). He is currently chairman of Phospholipids Division and deputy chairman of AOCS China Section (2017-present). Dr. Xu was in the organizing committee or co-organizer for a few AOCS associated conferences, such as AOCS-CCOA Joint Symposium on Functional Lipids (2014), 1st AOCS China Section Congress (2017), etc. He was session chair or co-chair for numerous times in the Annual AOCS Meetings.

The Young Scientist Research Award recognizes substantial research contributions in one of the areas represented by an AOCS Division. It is sponsored by the International Food Science Centre A/S.

The award consists of a plaque, a $1,000 honorarium, and a $1,500 travel allowancet to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where they will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates are younger than 36 years old by June 1 of the year of presentation, or have received their highest degree within the previous ten years. Candidates' contributions must be significant in basic or applied research, and the research has significantly effected an advance within their discipline, or hold substantial promise for such an effect in the near future.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a letter of nomination, and professional biographical data that include the candidate's date of birth, degrees held and their granting institutions, a summary of research accomplishments, a list of publications, and positions held during the candidate's professional career.

Nomination materials should be submitted by October 1.

2018 Recipient

Chibuike UdenigweChibuike Udenigwe, Associate Professor in Nutrition Sciences, with cross-appointment in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada. His major areas of focus include chemistry, role and mechanisms of food peptides in nutrition and health, molecular behavior in food and biological matrices, food protein allergens, and functionality of emerging (e.g. edible insect) proteins. Chibuike joined AOCS as a student member and received the Honored Student Award during the centennial meeting in 2009. Since becoming a professional member, he has served as the PCP Division Secretary-Treasurer (2016-2018), Co-chair of Technical Sessions (2013-present), ADM Best Paper Award Committee Chair (2016-2018), Student Poster Award Judge, PCP Newsletter Editor (2013-2016), Mentor–Student Common Interest Group events, and Vice Chair–Canadian Section of AOCS (2017-present).

The Biotechnology Division Student Award honors a student presenting an outstanding paper in the field of biotechnology at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The purpose of the award is to encourage next generations working on research relevant to biotechnological sciences and development of fats and oils.

The competition prizes consist of certificates for the recipients, a $300 honorarium for the 1st place winner, $200 for 2nd place, and $100 for the 3rd place winner.

Eligibility

Students presenting in the Biotechnology Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting. In addition, the abstract must be relevant to biotechnological research and development of fats and oils.

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website. The award requires an extended abstract (up to 3 pages) and a letter of recommendation from the student's professor. Please email the extended abstract to awards@aocs.org by January 22.

2018 Recipients
S.M. Mahfuzul Islam1st place
S.M. Mahfuzul Islam, The University of Akron, USA.

Sarah A. Willett2nd place
Sarah A. Willett, University of Georgia, USA.

Chen Hsu3rd place
Chen Hsu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

The Biotechnology Division Ching Hou Biotechnology Award recognizes a scientist, technologist, or leader, making contributions to the advancement of biotechnology, or to the Biotechnology Division's field of interest.

The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must have made significant contributions to the knowledge, technology, or history of the industry. Candidates should also have demonstrated character, ethics, and a reputation that places them above their peers. Preference will be given to AOCS members involved in the Biotechnology Division and the Society. The award winner is required to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting and present an award acceptance lecture at one of the Biotechnology Division's technical sessions.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter and at least three supporting letters from other scientists familiar with the candidate's accomplishments and character. Biographical information which include a detailed Curriculum Vitae, a summary of research accomplishments, degrees held and their granting institutions, and positions held during the candidate's professional career, should also be submitted.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient
Thomas McKeonThomas McKeon, USDA-ARS, WRRC, USA.

The Edible Applications Technology Division Student Award is awarded to graduate students presenting within the Edible Applications Technology technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The award consists of a certificate, a $500 honorarium, and up to a $150 travel allowance to the  AOCS Annual Meeting, where recipients present an award lecture or a poster presentation.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Edible Applications Technology Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting. An individual may receive this award only once.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Iris Tavernier Iris Tavernier, Ghent University, Belgium.

The Edible Applications Technology Division Student Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting. AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consists of a certificate, a $350 honorarium for 1st place, a $250 honorarium for 2nd place, and a $150 honorarium for 3rd place.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Edible Applications Technology Division Poster session are eligible for the student poster competition.

2018 Recipient

1st place
Ruojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA, for “Control of Protein Digestion under Simulated Gastrointestinal Conditions using Biopolymer Microgels.”

2nd place
Dianhui Wu, North Dakota State University, USA, for “Electrostatic Deposition of Chitosan on Lecithin Stabilized Emulsion Inhibits Mycotoxin Production in Fusarium graminearum.”



The Edible Applications Technology Division Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a scientist, technologist, or leader, making contributions to the advancement of edible oils, or to the Edible Applications Technology Division's field of interest.

The award consists of a plaque and a $500 honorarium.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must have made significant contributions to the knowledge, technology, or history of the industry. Candidates should also have demonstrated character, ethics, and a reputation that places them above their peers. Preference will be given to AOCS members involved in the Edible Applications Technology Division, Society, or related organizations over a substantial amount of time.

Nominations:

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter, and up to three supporting letters from individuals who are familiar with the candidate's accomplishments and character.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.


The Edwin Frankel Award for Best Paper in Lipid Oxidation and Quality recognizes the best paper relating to lipid oxidation or quality published during the past year in AOCS Press publications.

The award was renamed in 2005 in recognition of Edwin Frankel's 50 years of lipid oxidation research. This award is offered through the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division.

The award consists of a plaque for the main author, and certificates for all contributing authors.

Eligibility:

Eligible papers must address the oxidation, stability, quality, or flavor of lipids, and have been published in AOCS Press publications sometime during the past year.

Nominations:

To be considered for the award, eligible journal articles should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by January 15.

2018 Recipients

Rachele A. Lubeckyj, Jill K. Winkler‑Moser and Matthew J. Fhaner, Application of Differential Pulse Voltammetry to Determine the Efficiency of Stripping Tocopherols from Commercial Fish Oil (JAOCS 94(4):527-536).  



The Hans Kaunitz Award recognizes a student doing research in the sciences relating to fats and oils and detergent technology.

The award consists of a certificate, a $1000 honorarium, and a $500 travel allowance to the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

This award is open to scholastically outstanding graduate students attending post-secondary school within the geographical boundaries of the US. Applicants must be actively performing research related to fats, oils, protein co-products and/or detergents and be interested in the areas of science and technology fostered by AOCS. This research should be building towards a Master's or a Doctorate degree.  An individual may receive this award only once.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Zipei Zhang Zipei Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.



The Health and Nutrition Division Student Award is awarded to students pursuing a graduate degree in the field of Health and Nutrition.

The award consists of a certificate and a $250 honorarium.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Health and Nutrition Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Juan J. Aristizabal Henao Juan J. Aristizabal Henao, University of Waterloo, Canada.



The Health and Nutrition Division Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prizes consist of certificates for the recipients, a $150 cash prize for a non-student winner, $150 for the 1st place student, $100 for the 2nd place student, and $50 for the 3rd place student.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted and selected for the Health and Nutrition Division Poster Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipients

Best Overall
Ryota Hosomi, Kansai University, Japan, for “Dietary Fat Influences the Composition of Bacteria and its Metabolites in Cecum of Rat.”

Student Posters
1st place
Fabien Schultz, Technical University of Berlin, Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, for “Investigation of Bioactive Lipids from African Medicinal Plants Collected in the Tropical Rainforests of Uganda.”

2nd place
Adriana V. Gaitán, Louisiana State University, USA, for “Endocannabinoid Metabolome in Human Breast Milk – A Guatemalan Cohort.”

3rd place
Zipei Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA, for “Edible Hydrogel Beads Fabrication with Self-regulating Microclimate pH Properties: Retention of Enzyme Activity After Exposure to Gastric Conditions.”



The Health and Nutrition Division New Investigator Research Award recognizes a young scientist who is making significant and substantial research contributions in one of the areas represented by the Health & Nutrition Division of AOCS.

The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium. The recipient will give a scientific presentation at the AOCS Annual Meeting, related to the research and development which has merited them the award.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates are younger than 36 years old by June 1 of the year of presentation, or have received their highest degree within the previous ten years. Candidates must be responsible for the accomplishment of outstanding original research on the health or nutrition of fats or oils. Evidence of such scientific contributions may be in the form of a distinguished body of research published in high-quality scientific journals. Evidence of impact of the discovery at a national or international level for the scientific community is preferred.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter and at least three supporting letters from other scientists familiar with the candidate's accomplishments and character. Biographical information which include a detailed Curriculum Vitae, a summary of research accomplishments, degrees held and their granting institutions, and positions held during the candidate’s professional career, should also be submitted.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Zhi-Hong YangZhi-Hong Yang, Lipoprotein Metabolism Section, CPB/NHLBI, National Institutes of Health, USA.



The Herbert J. Dutton Award recognizes significant contributions to analytical chemistry.

The award consists of a plaque, a $1000 honorarium, a $1,000 travel allowance, and an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates are individuals who have made significant contributions to the analysis of fats, oils and related products (contributions reflected in current analytical methodologies), or whose work has resulted in major advances in the understanding of processes utilized in the fats and oils industry.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter limited to three pages, which provides a brief summary of the candidate's career, and a list of the candidate's notable accomplishments. Up to three letters of support from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments and a Curriculum Vitae that includes a full list of the publications should also be included.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Walter VetterWalter Vetter, University of Hohenheim, Germany.



The Honored Student Award is designed to encourage graduate student research in lipid chemistry and greater interest in AOCS. This award is sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

The award consists of a certificate, a $500 travel allowance, and complimentary lodging and registration for the recipient to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where they will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students. Candidates must have not already received a graduate degree, or begun their career employment prior to May of the presentation year. An individual may receive an Honored Student Award only once.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

Please Note: Professors are limited to nominating one student for the Honored Student Award.

2018 Recipients

Sponsored by: AOCS Foundation

Juan J. Aristizabal Henao Juan J. Aristizabal Henao, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Thais L. T. da Silva Thais L. T. da Silva, University of Campinas, Brazil.

Jun Jin Jun Jin, Jiangnan University, China.

Nan ShangNan Shang, University of Alberta, Canada.

Ali UbeyitogullariAli Ubeyitogullari, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

Ruojie ZhangRuojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.

JuDong YeoJuDong Yeo, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

The Industrial Oil Products Division Student Award is awarded to students pursuing a graduate degree in the field of Industrial Oil Products.

The award consists of a certificate, and a $500 travel allowance to the AOCS Annual Meeting, where recipients present an award lecture or a poster presentation.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Industrial Oil Products Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.  An individual may receive this award only once.

Nominations

Award materials must be submitted from the downloadable forms hosted on this webpage.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Lucas J. StolpLucas J. Stolp, University of Minnesota, USA.






The Industrial Oil Products Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consists of a certificate and a $300 honorarium.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Industrial Oil Products Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.

The Lipid Chemistry and Nutrition Award recognizes outstanding performance and achievements of a graduate student conducting research in lipid chemistry and nutrition. The award is sponsored by Seawit Co., Inc.

The award consists of a plaque, a $1,000 honorarium, and a $550 travel allowance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture during the Analytical, Health and Nutrition, or Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division technical sessions.

Eligibility

This award is open to scholastically outstanding graduate students from universities or research institutions conducting research in Lipid Chemistry and Nutrition. Candidates must have not already received a graduate degree, or begun their career employment prior to May of the presentation year.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor letter of recommendation, professor ranking form, up to three support letters, and manuscript from a refereed journal.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Ruojie ZhangRuojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.

The Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consists of a certificate and a $300 honorarium.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Poster Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipient

Junsi Yang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, for "Development of Novel Free-flowing Fish Oil-loaded Hollow Solid Lipid Micro- and Nanoparticles to Improve Oxidative Stability of Fish Oil."





The Lipid Processing and Biotechnology Award recognizes outstanding performance and achievements of a graduate student conducting research in lipid processing and biotechnology. The award is sponsored by Myande Group Co., Inc.

The award consists of a plaque, a $1,000 honorarium, and a $550 travel allowance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture during the Biotechnology, Phospholipids, or Processing Division technical sessions.

Eligibility

This award is open to scholastically outstanding graduate students from universities or research institutions conducting research in Lipid Processing and Biotechnology. Candidates must have not already received a graduate degree, or begun their career employment prior to May of the presentation year.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor letter of recommendation, professor ranking form, up to three support letters, and manuscript from a refereed journal.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Jun JinJun Jin, Jiangnan University, China.

The Manuchehr Eijadi Award is awarded to a graduate student engaged in research pursuant to an advanced degree. This award is sponsored by Manny Eijadi, a distinguished and active member of AOCS.  The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

Candidates are chosen from the year's pool of Honored Students, specifically Honored Students who are doing graduate-level research focused upon Chemical Engineering.

Nominations

Please apply to the Honored Student Award to be considered for this award. 

2018 Recipient

Ali Ubeyitogullari Ali Ubeyitogullari, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.



The Peter and Clare G. Kalustian Award is awarded to a graduate student doing research towards an advanced degree. This award is sponsored by the estate of Dr. Peter and Mrs. Clare Kalustian - Dr. Kalustian was a longtime member of AOCS.

The award consists of a certificate and a $1,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

Candidates are chosen from the year's pool of Honored Students. Special consideration is given to candidates of Armenian descent.

Nominations

Please apply to the Honored Student Award to be considered for this award.

2018 Recipient

Juan J. Aristizabal HenaoJuan J. Aristizabal Henao, University of Waterloo, Canada



The Phospholipid Best Paper Award recognizes an outstanding published paper or monograph in the area of phospholipid research or applications for phospholipids. This award is sponsored by the International Lecithin & Phospholipid Society (ILPS).

The award consists of a plaque for the main author, and certificates for all contributing authors and a $1,500 travel allowance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

Eligible papers must relate to phospholipids, and have been published sometime during the past year. The papers may be from any journal or monograph, and do not need to have been published in an AOCS Press publication.

Nominations

To be considered for the award, eligible journal articles should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by January 15.

2018 Recipients

Selen Guner and Mecit Halil Oztop, Food Grade Liposome Systems: Effect of Solvent, Homogenization Types and Storage Conditions on Oxidative and Physical Stability (Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 513 (2017):468-478).

The Processing Distinguished Service Award was created to recognize and honor outstanding and meritorious service to the oilseed processing industry.

The award consists of a certificate, and a $1,000 travel allowance for the recipient to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must have made significant contributions to the knowledge, technology, or history of the industry, through their career or as a technical mentor. Candidates should also have demonstrated character, ethics, and a reputation that places them above their peers. Preference will be given to AOCS members involved in the Processing Division, Society, or related organizations over a substantial amount of time.

Nominations:

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter, and up to three supporting letters from individuals who are familiar with the candidate's accomplishments and character.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Timothy G. KemperTimothy G. Kemper, Desmet Ballestra Group, USA.


The Phospholipid Division Student Award is awarded to a graduate student presenting an outstanding paper in the field of phospholipid at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The purpose of the award is to encourage next generations working on research relevant to phospholipid sciences and development of fats and oils.

The award consists of a certificate and a $750 honorarium.

Eligibility

Graduate students presenting within the Phospholipid Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting are eligible.

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website. The award requires an extended abstract (up to 3 pages) and a letter of recommendation from the student's professor. Please email the extended abstract to awards@aocs.org by January 22.

The Processing Division Student Award is awarded to a graduate student researching oilseed handling preparation and extraction, refining and processing, oil products and packaging, feed ingredients, by-product utilization, safety and health, or environmental concerns.

The award consists of a certificate and a $1,000 honorarium.

Eligibility

Graduate students presenting within the Processing Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting are eligible.

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipient
Andrés F. Aldana Rico Andrés F. Aldana Rico, Universidad del Norte, Columbia.

The Protein and Co-Products Division Student Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting

The competition prize consists of a certificate, a $300 honorarium for 1st place, a $200 honorarium for 2nd place, and a $100 honorarium for 3rd place.

Travel Grant

The Division offers up to five travel grants for students participating in this PCP poster competition. Students selected for the travel grant will receive a full student registration waiver to the AOCS Annual Meeting, and a ticket to the Division's social event. To apply for the grant, send the abstract and abstract number submitted to the AOCS Annual Meeting, your graduate program, and your year within the program, to Division Chair Jianping Wu for consideration.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Protein and Co-Products Division Poster session are eligible for the student poster competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2018 Recipients

1st place
Aya Hamada, Nihon University, Japan, for "Physicochemical Properties of Rice Albumin with a Suppressive Function Against Hyperglycemia."

2nd place
Temitola O. Awosika, University of Manitoba, Canada, for "Inhibitory Activities of Yellow Field Pea Protein-derived Peptides Against α-amylase and α-glucosidase."

3rd place
Adam J. Franczyk, University of Manitoba, Canada, for "Protein Digestibility and Quality Determined using Two in vitro Methods in Cooked, Baked and Extruded Pulses."



The Ralph H. Potts Memorial Fellowship Award is awarded to a graduate student doing research in fats and oils. The award is named Ralph H. Potts in recognition of his preeminence in the world of fatty acids and their derivatives, and the personal esteem in which he was held by his colleagues. This award is sponsored by Akzo Nobel.

The award consists of a plaque, a $2,000 honorarium, and a $500 travel allowance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipent will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

Eligible candidate must be a scholastically outstanding graduate student from a North American university. Research should involve fatty acids or their derivatives, such as long chain alcohols, amines, or other nitrogen compounds. Furthermore, the research should fall within the categories of synthesis, processing utilization, or characterization.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Thomas A. Kwan Thomas A. Kwan, Yale University, USA.



The Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by the Health and Nutrition Division,  is named after Ralph Holman in recognition of his lifetime service to the study of essential fatty acids and their impact on health.

The award consists of an Orchid print by Dr. Holman, a $500 honorarium, and travel funds to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must have made significant lifetime and meritorious achievements in areas of interest to the Health and Nutrition Division.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter, and at least three supporting letters from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments. Professional biographical information which includes a summary of the candidate's research accomplishments, a list of publications, degrees held and their granting institutions, and a list of positions held during the candidate's professional career, should also be submitted.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Susan K. RaatzSusan K. Raatz, USDA-ARS, USA.



The Samuel Rosen Memorial Award was established by the Surfactants and Detergents Division to recognize accomplishments in surfactant chemistry. The Samuel Rosen Memorial Award is sponsored by Milton J. Rosen.  Samuel Rosen worked for more than 40 years as an industrial chemist on the formulation of printing inks.

The award consists of a plaque, a $2000 honorarium, and an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates are scientists or technicians who have worked the majority of their career within the industry, preferably within the last three years of the award recognition. Candidates' work should have led to significant advancement, cumulative advancements, or application of the principles of surfactant chemistry.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter, and up to three supporting letters from individuals who are familiar with the candidate's accomplishments and character.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient

David Scheuing David Scheuing, Clorox Services Co., USA.



The Schroepfer Medal recognizes a scientist who has made significant advances in the steroid or sterol field. It was established to honor the memory of George J. Schroepfer, Jr., a leader in the sterol and lipid field for more than 40 years.

This award aims to foster Schroepfer's ideals of personal integrity, high scientific standards, perseverance, and a strong spirit of survival, tempered by charm and wit. It is presented every second year and consists of a bronze medal, an honorarium determined by the endowed fund investment return, and an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates’ work may represent a single major achievement or a series of significant accomplishments, but should be based upon sound primary experimental data.

Preference is given to accomplishments in biochemistry and physiology with biomedical applications, and interdisciplinary research in which rigorous chemical and analytical methods were applied to elucidate the physiological roles of steroids in animals, plants, or microorganisms. Consideration will also be given to fundamental advances that are primarily chemical, pharmacological, or analytical.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a 300–1,000 word summary describing the significance of the candidate’s accomplishments, a current Curriculum Vitae including a full list of publications, and two supporting letters from individuals familiar with the candidate’s accomplishments. Additionally, up to three publications illustrating the candidate’s most important work in the steroid field may be included.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.

The Stephen S. Chang Award recognizes scientists or technologists who have made decisive accomplishments in research for the improvement or development of products related to lipids. Stephen Chang came to the United States in 1947 and became active in AOCS after graduate studies at the universities of Kansas and Illinois. He served as AOCS President in 1970. Stephen and Lucy Chang were generous benefactors to AOCS and Rutgers, and established this award at AOCS, and Rutgers' agricultural college's library.

The award consists of a jade sculpture of a galloping horse, a $1500 honorarium, and an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must have made significant and distinguished accomplishments in basic research that have been utilized by industries for the development or improvement of products related to lipids.

Nominations 

Nomination materials should include at least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments. Biographical information which includes a detailed Curriculum Vitae, a summary of research accomplishments, degrees held and their granting institutions, and positions held during the candidate's professional career, should also be submitted.

Nomination materials should be submitted by October 1.

2018 Recipient

N. A. Michael EskinN. A. Michael Eskin, Professor in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Canada, has done extensive research on edible oils and was involved in the early development of canola oil. His current research focuses on the production and antioxidant properties of canolol from canola as well as improving the stability of hemp oil. He has been a member of AOCS for over 40 years having served as Chair of the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division, the first Chair of the newly formed Division Council, Associate Editor of JAOCS, as well as Chair of the Flavor Quality & Stability Committee. Michael has also been active on the Education Committee and is currently Associate Editor of Education for the AOCS Lipid Library. He is the recipient of many awards and was made a Fellow of AOCS in 2004.

The Supelco AOCS Research Award recognizes outstanding original research in fats, oils, lipid chemistry, or biochemistry. The award is sponsored by MilliporeSigma, a subsidiary of Sigma-Aldrich Corp.

The award consists of a plaque, a $10,000 honorarium, and a $1,500 travel allowance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates will have published technical papers of the highest quality, and preference will be given to candidates who are actively associated with research and have made influential discoveries in their respective fields.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include at least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments. Biographical information which includes a detailed Curriculum Vitae, a summary of research accomplishments, degrees held and their granting institutions, and positions held during the candidate's professional career, should also be submitted.

Nomination materials should be submitted by October 1.

2018 Recipient

Alice H. LichtensteinAlice H. Lichtenstein, the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School, and Director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory and Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University. Dr. Lichtenstein’s research group focuses on assessing the interplay between diet and heart disease risk factors. Past and current work includes addressing issues related to trans fatty acids, soy protein and isoflavones, sterol/stanol esters, novel vegetable oils differing in fatty acid profile and glycemic index. Additional work focuses on population-based studies to assess the relationship between nutrient biomarkers and cardiovascular disease risk, and application of systematic review methodology to the field of nutrition. She received in 2017 the AOCS Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award.



The Surfactants and Detergents Division Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding and commendable service to the surfactants, detergents, and soaps industry. The award consists of a plaque.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must have made significant contributions to the knowledge, technology, or history of the industry, through their career or as a technical mentor. Candidates should also have demonstrated character, ethics, and a reputation that places them above their peers. Preference will be given to AOCS members involved in the Surfactants and Detergents Division, Society, or related organizations over a substantial amount of time.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter, and up to three supporting letters from individuals who are familiar with the candidate's accomplishments and character.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Jan ShulmanJan Shulman, Retired, USA.


The Surfactants and Detergents Division Student Award is awarded to graduate students presenting within the Surfactants and Detergents technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The award consists of a certificate, and a $500 travel allowance to the AOCS Annual Meeting, where recipients present an award lecture or a poster presentation.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Surfactants and Detergents Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.  An individual may receive this award only once.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Lisa Van RenterghemLisa Van Renterghem, Ghent University, Belgium.



The Surfactants and Detergents Division Poster Competition is designed to stimulate additional interest in the submission of quality poster presentations at the  AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consist of a certificate and a $200 cash price for the winner.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Surfactants and Detergents Division Poster Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2018 Recipient

Tomone Sasayama, Tohoku University, Japan, for "Continuous Production of Sugar Fatty Acid Ester from 100% Biorenewable Materials using Heterogeneous Resin Catalyst."



The Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student doing research in areas of interest to AOCS. Smouse was President of AOCS in 1983 and a noted industrial researcher into the flavor chemistry of fats and oils. The Archer Daniels Midland FoundationAOCS Foundation, AOCS, and the family and friends of Dr. Smouse established and assisted in the funding of this fellowship.

The award consists of a pair of inscribed bookends, a $10,000 stipend, $5,000 in research and travel funds, and an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students doing research in areas of interest to AOCS. Please refer to the Award Guidelines (.pdf) for the detailed eligibility guidelines.

Nominations

Candidates should compile a completed application (.doc) and official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate college or university work completed to date, and provide these to their major professor by January 15. The professor will then review the application for completeness, and fill out the required professor statement contained within the application. The completed application and all supporting materials should then be sent as a single mailing to the AOCS main office by February 1.

2018 Recipient

Ruojie ZhangRuojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.



Created by the Edible Applications Technology Division, the Timothy L. Mounts Award recognizes research relating to the science and technology of edible oils, both basic and applied in nature. Timothy Mounts was a distinguished scientist and a leader in his field.

The award consists of a plaque and a $750 honorarium to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must have made significant lifetime and meritorious achievements in areas of interest to the Edible Applications Technology Division.

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a nomination letter, and at least three supporting letters from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments. Professional biographical information which includes a summary of the candidate's research accomplishments, a list of publications, degrees held and their granting institutions, and a list of positions held during the candidate's professional career, should also be submitted.

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018

The Analytical Division Student Award is awarded to a graduate student in the field of lipid analytical chemistry, and is sponsored by the AOCS Analytical Division.

The award consists of a certificate, a $250 honorarium, and a $500 travel allowance to the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture or a poster presentation.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Analytical Division's technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipients

Subin R. C. K. Rajendran Subin R. C. K. Rajendran, Dalhousie University, Canada.

The Analytical Division Poster Competition is designed to stimulate additional interest in the submission of quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consists of a certificate and a $150 honorarium.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted and selected for the Analytical Division Poster Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.



The Biotechnology Division Student Award honors a student presenting an outstanding paper in the field of biotechnology at the AOCS Annual Meeting.   The purpose of the award is to encourage next generations working on research relevant to biotechnological sciences and development of fats and oils.

The competition prizes consist of certificates for the recipients, a $300 honorarium for the 1st place winner, $200 for 2nd place, and $100 for the 3rd place winner.

Eligibility

Students presenting in the Biotechnology Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting. In addition, the abstract must be relevant to biotechnological research and development of fats and oils.

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website. The award requires an extended abstract (up to 3 pages) and a letter of recommendation from the student's professor. Please email the extended abstract to awards@aocs.org by January 22.

2018 Recipients
S.M. Mahfuzul Islam1st place
S.M. Mahfuzul Islam, The University of Akron, USA.

Sarah A. Willett2nd place
Sarah A. Willett, University of Georgia, USA.

Chen Hsu3rd place
Chen Hsu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

The Edible Applications Technology Division Student Award is awarded to graduate students presenting within the Edible Applications Technology technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The award consists of a certificate, a $500 honorarium, and up to a $150 travel allowance to the  AOCS Annual Meeting, where recipients present an award lecture or a poster presentation.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Edible Applications Technology Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.  An individual may receive this award only once.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

The Edible Applications Technology Division Student Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting. AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consists of a certificate, a $350 honorarium for 1st place, a $250 honorarium for 2nd place, and a $150 honorarium for 3rd place.

2018 Recipient

1st place
Ruojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA, for “Control of Protein Digestion under Simulated Gastrointestinal Conditions using Biopolymer Microgels.”

2nd place
Dianhui Wu, North Dakota State University, USA, for “Electrostatic Deposition of Chitosan on Lecithin Stabilized Emulsion Inhibits Mycotoxin Production in Fusarium graminearum.”



The Edible Applications Technology Division Student Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting. AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consists of a certificate, a $350 honorarium for 1st place, a $250 honorarium for 2nd place, and a $150 honorarium for 3rd place.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Edible Applications Technology Division Poster session are eligible for the student poster competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2018 Recipient

1st place
Ruojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA, for “Control of Protein Digestion under Simulated Gastrointestinal Conditions using Biopolymer Microgels.”

2nd place
Dianhui Wu, North Dakota State University, USA, for “Electrostatic Deposition of Chitosan on Lecithin Stabilized Emulsion Inhibits Mycotoxin Production in Fusarium graminearum.”



The Hans Kaunitz Award recognizes a student doing research in the sciences relating to fats and oils and detergent technology.

The award consists of a certificate, a $1000 honorarium, and a $500 travel allowance to the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

This award is open to scholastically outstanding graduate students attending post-secondary school within the geographical boundaries of the US. Applicants must be actively performing research related to fats, oils, protein co-products and/or detergents and be interested in the areas of science and technology fostered by AOCS. This research should be building towards a Master's or a Doctorate degree.  An individual may receive this award only once.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Zipei Zhang Zipei Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.



The Health and Nutrition Division Student Award is awarded to students pursuing a graduate degree in the field of Health and Nutrition.

The award consists of a certificate and a $250 honorarium. 

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Health and Nutrition Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Juan J. Aristizabal Henao Juan J. Aristizabal Henao, University of Waterloo, Canada.

The Health and Nutrition Division Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prizes consist of certificates for the recipients, a $150 cash prize for a non-student winner, $150 for the 1st place student, $100 for the 2nd place student, and $50 for the 3rd place student.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted and selected for the Health and Nutrition Division Poster Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipients

Best Overall
Ryota Hosomi, Kansai University, Japan, for “Dietary Fat Influences the Composition of Bacteria and its Metabolites in Cecum of Rat.”

Student Posters
1st place
Fabien Schultz, Technical University of Berlin, Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, for “Investigation of Bioactive Lipids from African Medicinal Plants Collected in the Tropical Rainforests of Uganda.”

2nd place
Adriana V. Gaitán, Louisiana State University, USA, for “Endocannabinoid Metabolome in Human Breast Milk – A Guatemalan Cohort.”

3rd place
Zipei Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA, for “Edible Hydrogel Beads Fabrication with Self-regulating Microclimate pH Properties: Retention of Enzyme Activity After Exposure to Gastric Conditions.”



The Honored Student Award is designed to encourage graduate student research in lipid chemistry and greater interest in AOCS. This award is sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

The award consists of a certificate, a $500 travel allowance, and complimentary lodging and registration for the recipient to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where they will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students. Candidates must have not already received a graduate degree, or begun their career employment prior to May of the presentation year. An individual may receive an Honored Student Award only once.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipients

Sponsored by: AOCS Foundation

Juan J. Aristizabal Henao Juan J. Aristizabal Henao, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Thais L. T. da Silva Thais L. T. da Silva, University of Campinas, Brazil.

Jun Jin Jun Jin, Jiangnan University, China.

Nan ShangNan Shang, University of Alberta, Canada.

Ali UbeyitogullariAli Ubeyitogullari, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

Ruojie ZhangRuojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.

JuDong YeoJuDong Yeo, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

The Industrial Oil Products Division Student Award is awarded to students pursuing a graduate degree in the field of Industrial Oil Products.

The award consists of a certificate, and a $500 travel allowance to the AOCS Annual Meeting, where recipients present an award lecture or a poster presentation.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Industrial Oil Products Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.  An individual may receive this award only once.

Nominations

Award materials must be submitted from the downloadable forms hosted on this webpage. Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Lucas J. StolpLucas J. Stolp, University of Minnesota, USA.

The Industrial Oil Products Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consists of a certificate and a $300 honorarium.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Industrial Oil Products Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipient

Not awarded in 2018.

The Lipid Chemistry and Nutrition Award recognizes outstanding performance and achievements of a graduate student conducting research in lipid chemistry and nutrition. The award is sponsored by Seawit Co., Inc.

The award consists of a plaque, a $1,000 honorarium, and a $550 travel allowance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture during the Analytical, Health and Nutrition, or Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division technical sessions.

Eligibility

This award is open to scholastically outstanding graduate students from universities or research institutions conducting research in Lipid Chemistry and Nutrition. Candidates must have not already received a graduate degree, or begun their career employment prior to May of the presentation year.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor letter of recommendation, professor ranking form, up to three support letters, and manuscript from a refereed journal.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Ruojie ZhangRuojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.

The Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consists of a certificate and a $300 honorarium.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Poster Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipient

Junsi Yang , University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, for "Development of Novel Free-flowing Fish Oil-loaded Hollow Solid Lipid Micro- and Nanoparticles to Improve Oxidative Stability of Fish Oil."




The Lipid Processing and Biotechnology Award recognizes outstanding performance and achievements of a graduate student conducting research in lipid processing and biotechnology. The award is sponsored by Myande Group Co., Inc.

The award consists of a plaque, a $1,000 honorarium, and a $550 travel allowance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present an award lecture during the Biotechnology, Phospholipids, or Processing Division technical sessions.

Eligibility

This award is open to scholastically outstanding graduate students from universities or research institutions conducting research in Lipid Processing and Biotechnology. Candidates must have not already received a graduate degree, or begun their career employment prior to May of the presentation year.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor letter of recommendation, professor ranking form, up to three support letters, and manuscript from a refereed journal.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Jun JinJun Jin, Jiangnan University, China.

The Manuchehr Eijadi Award is awarded to a graduate student engaged in research pursuant to an advanced degree. This award is sponsored by Manny Eijadi, a distinguished and active member of AOCS.  The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

Candidates are chosen from the year's pool of Honored Students, specifically Honored Students who are doing graduate-level research focused upon Chemical Engineering.

Nominations

Please apply to the Honored Student Award to be considered for this award. 

2018 Recipient

Ali Ubeyitogullari Ali Ubeyitogullari, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.



The Peter and Clare G. Kalustian Award is awarded to a graduate student doing research towards an advanced degree. This award is sponsored by the estate of Dr. Peter and Mrs. Clare Kalustian - Dr. Kalustian was a longtime member of AOCS.

The award consists of a certificate and a $1,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

Candidates are chosen from the year's pool of Honored Students. Special consideration is given to candidates of Armenian descent.

Nominations

Please apply to the Honored Student Award to be considered for this award.

2018 Recipient

Juan J. Aristizabal HenaoJuan J. Aristizabal Henao, University of Waterloo, Canada



The Phospholipid Division Student Award is awarded to a graduate student presenting an outstanding paper in the field of phospholipid at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The purpose of the award is to encourage next generations working on research relevant to phospholipid sciences and development of fats and oils.

The award consists of a certificate and a $750 honorarium.

Eligibility

Graduate students presenting within the Phospholipid Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting are eligible.

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website. The award requires an extended abstract (up to 3 pages) and a letter of recommendation from the student's professor. Please email the extended abstract to awards@aocs.org by January 22.

The Processing Division Student Award is awarded to a graduate student researching oilseed handling preparation and extraction, refining and processing, oil products and packaging, feed ingredients, by-product utilization, safety and health, or environmental concerns.

The award consists of a certificate and a $1,000 honorarium.

Eligibility

Graduate students presenting within the Processing Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting are eligible.

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2018 Recipient
Andrés F. Aldana Rico Andrés F. Aldana Rico, Universidad del Norte, Columbia.

The Protein and Co-Products Division Student Poster Competition stimulates interest in the submission of high-quality poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting

The competition prize consists of a certificate, a $300 honorarium for 1st place, a $200 honorarium for 2nd place, and a $100 honorarium for 3rd place.

Travel Grant

The Division offers up to five travel grants for students participating in this PCP poster competition. Students selected for the travel grant will receive a full student registration waiver to the AOCS Annual Meeting, and a ticket to the Division's social event. To apply for the grant, send the abstract and abstract number submitted to the AOCS Annual Meeting, your graduate program, and your year within the program, to Division Chair Jianping Wu for consideration.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Protein and Co-Products Division Poster session are eligible for the student poster competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2018 Recipients

1st place
Aya Hamada, Nihon University, Japan, for "Physicochemical Properties of Rice Albumin with a Suppressive Function Against Hyperglycemia."

2nd place
Temitola O. Awosika, University of Manitoba, Canada, for "Inhibitory Activities of Yellow Field Pea Protein-derived Peptides Against α-amylase and α-glucosidase."

3rd place
Adam J. Franczyk, University of Manitoba, Canada, for "Protein Digestibility and Quality Determined using Two in vitro Methods in Cooked, Baked and Extruded Pulses."



The Ralph H. Potts Memorial Fellowship Award is awarded to a graduate student doing research in fats and oils. The award is named Ralph H. Potts in recognition of his preeminence in the world of fatty acids and their derivatives, and the personal esteem in which he was held by his colleagues. This award is sponsored by Akzo Nobel.

The award consists of a plaque, a $2,000 honorarium, and travel funds to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting, where the recipent will present an award lecture.

Eligibility

Eligible candidate must be a scholastically outstanding graduate student from a North American university. Research should involve fatty acids or their derivatives, such as long chain alcohols, amines, or other nitrogen compounds. Furthermore, the research should fall within the categories of synthesis, processing utilization, or characterization.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation.

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Thomas A. Kwan Thomas A. Kwan, Yale University, USA.



The Surfactants and Detergents Division Student Award is awarded to graduate students presenting within the Surfactants and Detergents technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

The award consists of a certificate, and a $500 travel allowance to the AOCS Annual Meeting, where recipients present an award lecture or a poster presentation.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students presenting within the Surfactants and Detergents Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.  An individual may receive this award only once.

Nominations

Nominations should consist of the completed application, abstract tracking number and title, professor ranking form, and the professor letter of recommendation

Candidates will submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website, and then submit an Application through the Student Award website. The abstract number provided through the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission system must be included on the student application.

The applicant's professor will then complete the Ranking Form (.doc), and compose a letter of recommendation that provides a sincere assessment of the student. All documents should be submitted through the Student Award website by November 1.

2018 Recipient

Lisa Van RenterghemLisa Van Renterghem, Ghent University, Belgium.



The Surfactants and Detergents Division Poster Competition is designed to stimulate additional interest in the submission of quality poster presentations at the  AOCS Annual Meeting.

The competition prize consist of a certificate and a $200 cash price for the winner.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted by students and selected for the Surfactants and Detergents Division Poster Session are eligible for the competition.

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2018 Recipient

Tomone Sasayama, Tohoku University, Japan, for "Continuous Production of Sugar Fatty Acid Ester from 100% Biorenewable Materials using Heterogeneous Resin Catalyst."



The Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student doing research in areas of interest to AOCS. Smouse was President of AOCS in 1983 and a noted industrial researcher into the flavor chemistry of fats and oils. The Archer Daniels Midland FoundationAOCS Foundation, AOCS, and the family and friends of Dr. Smouse established and assisted in the funding of this fellowship.

The award consists of a pair of inscribed bookends, a $10,000 stipend, $5,000 in research and travel funds, and an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

This award is open to graduate students doing research in areas of interest to AOCS. Please refer to the Award Guidelines (.pdf) for the detailed eligibility guidelines.

Nominations

Candidates should compile a completed application (.doc) and official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate college or university work completed to date, and provide these to their major professor by January 15. The professor will then review the application for completeness, and fill out the required professor statement contained within the application. The completed application and all supporting materials should then be sent as a single mailing to the AOCS main office by February 1.

2018 Recipient

Ruojie ZhangRuojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.