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.

For information regarding award eligibility, please contact Victoria Santos, email victoria@aocs.org

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.

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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Not awarded in 2019.

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 Matt Miller, matt.miller@cawthron.org.nz, by September 1.

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.

2019 Recipients

Ronald Marquez, Ana M. Forgiarini, Jesús Fernández, Dominique Langevin and Jean‐Louis SalagerNew Interfacial Rheology Characteristics Measured using a Spinning‐Drop Rheometer at the Optimum Formulation of a Simple Surfactant-Oil-Water System (JSD 21(5):611-623).

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 August 1.

2019 Recipients
Eric W. Cochran Eric W. Cochran, Iowa State University, USA.

R. Christopher Williams R. Christopher Williams, Iowa State University, USA

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.

2019 Recipients

Chemistry/Nutrition Category
Manispuritha Yerramilli, Natalie Longmore and Supratim GhoshStability and Bioavailability of Curcumin in Mixed Sodium Caseinate and Pea Protein Isolate Nanoemulsions (JAOCS 95(8):1013-1026).

Engineering/Technology Category
Divya Ramchandran, Mila P. Hojilla‐Evangelista, Stephen P. Moose, Kent D. Rausch, Mike E. Tumbleson and Vijay SinghChanges in Corn Protein Content During Storage and Their Relationship with Dry Grind Ethanol Production (JAOCS 95(8):923-932).

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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

C. AkohCasimir C. Akoh, is a distinguished research professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology at The University of Georgia. He has made extensive, innovative, creative and significant contributions to the field of lipids, especially on the use biocatalysts for the modification of fats and oils for better functionality in foods and potential healthful outcome. His work is at the interface of food science and nutrition. He has designed various structured lipids as infant formula fat analogs and studied their applications in infant formula and synthesized trans-free structured lipids to replace hydrogenated fats and used them to make trans-free spreads, margarines and shortenings. He edited eight books and his “Food Lipids” book, now in its 4th Edition (2017), is used worldwide as a textbook for graduate instruction.

Overall, Professor Akoh’s research has resulted in over 810 publications and presentations that include up to 278-refereed publications, 50 book chapters, four patents, 301 presentations and more than 180 invited presentations at national and international conferences. He is an editorial board member or associate editor of several journals. He became a member of the AOCS Governing Board in 2001, served as chair of the Biotechnology Division (2001–2004) and secretary of AOCS (2004–2006). He was vice president of AOCS from 2007 to 2008 and president of AOCS from 2008 to 2009 during the Society’s 100-year anniversary. Professor Akoh has received many prestigious international awards, including the Stephen S. Chang Awards (AOCS, 2004; IFT, 2008), Research and Development Award (IFT, 2008) and the AOCS Biotechnology Division Lifetime Achievement Award (AOCS, 2009).

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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Nuanyi Liang Nuanyi Liang, University of Alberta, 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.

2019 Recipient

Ziliang Song, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, for "Evolution of the Orbitide Gene Family in Cultivated Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.)."

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 August 1.

2019 Recipient
Michael J. Boyer Michael J. Boyer is the President of AWT Management Services, which focuses on business strategy and environmental management issues. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering with a minor in chemistry from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He has 40 years of experience in agribusiness water, wastewater and by products management. Mr. Boyer has worked at 200 oilseed, vegetable oil, biodiesel, corn processing, and related facilities and developed sustainability plans for numerous private sector companies in these businesses. In addition, he has authored 50+ papers and presentations in related areas through AOCS and other public forums. Mr. Boyer’s current interests and research include managing environmental and sustainability issues for the agribusiness and related industries.

Mark W. Collison Mark W. Collison received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in biochemistry, where his research was on heart metabolism related to ischemia. He took a job with Pharmacia in tech support for their biotechnology division, working on protein preparation and analysis. In 1987, he moved to the research division of Nabisco and worked on enzyme technology in baking systems. He moved to Bayer in 1989, moving from bench chemist to group leader to head of a research group working on natural antimicrobials for food. Unfortunately, that work was cancelled after two years due to business economics and Dr. Collison took over an analytical group supporting the citric acid division. He moved to Archer Daniels Midland to take over the research analytical group in 1997 when Bayer was selling the citric business.

Dr. Collison’s first involvement with AOCS was at the Cincinnati meeting in 2004. He became involved with the Analytical Division, helping with the completion and validation of the trans-fat method, Ce 1h-05. He became a Uniform Methods Committee (UMC) member a year later. He has attended all the ISO TC34/SC2 and SC11 meetings beginning with the Seattle meeting in 2008 and became head of the US delegation to the ISO committees in 2012. In 2011, he took over the UMC chair and held that role through 2015. In 2016, he became editor-in-chief of the Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS, working to get the 7th Edition revisions published in time for the 2017 AOCS meeting in Orlando. He continues in that position today.

Arnis Kuksis Arnis Kuksis is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto in Canada. He was born in Latvia in 1927 and came to the USA in 1949 from Baltic University, Hamburg, Germany, on an LWF scholarship. Dr. Kuksis obtained his B.Sc. in 1951 and M.Sc. in 1953, both in agronomy, from Iowa State College (now University), Ames, Iowa, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. After a postdoctoral fellowship (1956–1958) in organic chemistry at the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, he returned to Queen’s to join the research group of Professor J.M.R. Beveridge as a research associate in lipid biochemistry. In 1960, Dr. Kuksis was awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) of Canada Associateship (a career investigatorship) and was appointed assistant professor of biochemistry at Queen’s. In 1965, he transferred his laboratory to the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research (BBDMR), University of Toronto. Dr. Kuksis advanced to associate and full professor (1965–1974) with parallel cross-appointments in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. From 1972 to 1997, he served as director of the MRC Regional Mass Spectrometry Facility at the BBDMR. He was elected professor emeritus in 1997 and is best known for original discoveries in high-temperature gas chromatography of natural triacylglycerols and for the application of a new methodology for profiling neutral glycerolipids and glycerophospholipids in health and disease.

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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

The Nisshin OilliO Group, Ltd., The Nisshin OilliO Group, Ltd., was originally established in 1907 as the Nisshin Soybean Crushing Company to process and sell soybean meal and oil. The two characters in the name Nisshin denote Japan and China, symbolically reflecting the company’s motivation to expand overseas. The name changed to The Nisshin Oil Mills, Ltd., in 1918, and the company launched Japan’s first salad oil in 1924, called Nisshin Salad Oil, utilizing highly refined soybean oil.

A Research and Development Center was added in 1959 to hone the company’s refining technologies and improve the quality of its edible oils. A wide variety of innovative products emerged—soy protein, meals, edible and industrial oils, and many more. The Nisshin OilliO Group crystallized in 2002 by integrating three oils and fats companies, with four production bases in Japan. Its business operates in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Europe.

The 112-year-old Nisshin OilliO Group is active in mainly four business domains: oil, meal, and processed food; processed oil and fat; fine chemicals; and health science. It tirelessly strives to fulfill its corporate philosophy and core commitment by acting as a responsible member of global society and maximizing its corporate value as a creative and growing business, by contributing to society, the economy, and the health and happiness of every stakeholder. To realize these goals, The Nisshin OilliO Group utilizes cutting-edge technologies to produce a wide range of dietary and lifestyle staples to fulfill its promise of “good flavor, health and beauty.”

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 August 1.

2019 Recipients
Richard D. Ashby Richard D. Ashby, is a senior research scientist in the Biobased and Other Animal Coproducts Research Unit for the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), at the Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ashby is author or co-author of over 250 publications and presentations about bio-based production, characterization, property manipulation and application of microbial polymers and surfactants. He is a recognized expert in the use of various fermentation techniques for the synthesis of glycolipids and bacterial polyesters (polyhydroxyalkanoates). After obtaining his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1994, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell under Richard A. Gross studying molecular weight control of PHA biopolymers using poly(ethylene) glycol. In 1996, he joined ARS where his focus was on the use of animal fats and vegetable oils as renewable feedstocks for PHA production.

As the biodiesel industry gained traction, his research focus shifted to the use of crude glycerol and other cheap renewable materials (lignocellulosics) as feedstocks for microbial growth and product synthesis. His work with crude glycerol resulted in his research group being awarded the 2008 ACI/NBB Glycerine Innovation Award bestowed by AOCS. Currently, he is continuing his research focus on the use of fermentation to economically produce unique microbial products designed for wide-spread industrial application.



Wm. Craig Byrdwell Wm. Craig Byrdwell, is a research chemist at the Food Composition and Methods Development Laboratory in the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, which is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Dr. Byrdwell received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Louisville, writing his dissertation on identification of the “Unknown Phospholipid” in the human eye lens and quantification of fluorophores in normal and cataractous lenses. Dr. Byrdwell took a position at the USDA’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research to work on analysis of triacylglycerols (TAGs) using high-performance liquid chromatography (LC) with atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectroscopy (APCI-MS). Then, Dr. Byrdwell took a position at Florida Atlantic University, where he routinely employed dual mass spectrometers, in parallel, using both APCI-MS and electrospray ionization (ESI) MS. He re-joined ARS in 2005 and took on quantification of Vitamin D and TAGs.

Recently, Dr. Byrdwell has been analyzing fat-soluble vitamins and TAGs using triple- and quadruple-parallel mass spectrometry approaches, combining three or four mass spectrometers employing complementary ionization methods (APCI-MS, atmospheric pressure photoionization MS and ESI-MS) coupled to one, two or three liquid chromatographs in LCx/MSy techniques. Dr. Byrdwell has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters and has been editor/co-editor of three AOCS Press books. He is on the editorial advisory board of Lipids, is the lipidomics associate editor for The Lipid Library (www.LipidLibrary.com) and maintains numerous websites, including www.LipidAcademy.com. Dr. Byrdwell received the 2012 Herbert J. Dutton Award from the AOCS Analytical Division and presented the 2013 Society of Chemical Industry Julius Lewkowitsch Award Lecture.



Mila P. Hojilla-Evangelista Mila P. Hojilla-Evangelista was born and raised in the Philippines, where she received her B.S. (Cum laude) in food technology and M.S. in food science from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. She earned her Ph.D. in food technology from Iowa State University. She is presently a research chemist at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, in Peoria, Illinois. Her research career has focused on value-added products from processing of soybeans, corn and alternative oilseed crops (lesquerella, cuphea, pennycress and camelina). Her recognitions include the 2018 Iowa State University Food Science and Human Nutrition Alumni Impact Award, 2018 College Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, AOCS ADM Best Paper Award in Protein and Co-Products (four times) and 2007 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer (soybean protein-based foamed plywood adhesives).

Within AOCS, her primary professional society, she has been a long-serving associate editor for JAOCS and elected to various leadership positions, including secretary/treasurer, vice-chair, and chair of the Protein and Co-Products Division and member-at-large of the Governing Board. She served as invited guest editor of the peer-reviewed special issue on bio-based adhesives for the Journal of Adhesion Science & Technology (2013) and the special issue on alternative proteins for JAOCS (2018). She has mentored a postdoctoral research associate and two Ph.D. candidates and is actively involved in many NCAUR Student Outreach Programs for STEM activities for local area students and educators.



Eric J. Murphy Eric J. Murphy has a B.A. in history and biology from Hastings College. His Ph.D. in biochemistry is from The Ohio State University, where he studied brain lipid biochemistry with Lloyd Horrocks. He was an assistant research scientist at Texas A&M University, where he studied the role of cytosolic lipid binding proteins with Fred Schroeder. He served as a Senior National Research Council Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and focused on the effect of neurodegenerative disease on brain lipid metabolism with Stanley Rapoport. In 2000, he joined the University of North Dakota (UND) as an assistant professor. At UND he brought together kinetic modeling of lipid metabolism in vivo coupled with his expertise in cytosolic lipid binding proteins to study the role that these and other proteins have in brain lipid metabolism.

He continues to work in the broad area of n-3 fatty acid metabolism to distinguish the metabolic differences between plant-derived and marine-derived n-3 dietary sources. In 1999, he received the Jordi Folch-Pi award for his work in brain lipid neurochemistry. In 2006, he became the editor-in-chief of Lipids. In 2005, he became chief strategy officer of Agragen, LLC, a plant science company focused on using Camelina sativa as a platform for biopharmaceutical and bioactive fatty acid production for use in humans and in animal feeds. In 2015, he and his sons founded Krampade, LLC, a company that produces anti-cramping formulations for use across a broad consumer base. From 2014 to 2016 he served on the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.



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, at least 3 letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments 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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Guodong ZhangGuodong Zhang is an assistant professor of food science and molecular and cellular biology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2013-present). He obtained his B.S. in chemistry from Xi'an Jiaotong University in China (2003), M.S. in chemistry from National University of Singapore (2005), Ph.D. in food science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010) and performed postdoctoral training at the University of California-Davis (2010-2013).



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.

2019 Recipients
Liping Chen1st place
Liping Chen, Hokkadio University, Japan.

Ashwin Sancheti1st place  
Ashwin Sancheti, University of Akron, USA.



Siyu Zhang2nd place
Siyu Zhang, University of Georgia, USA.



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 August 1.

2019 Recipient
Randall J. WeselakeRandall J. Weselake, University of Alberta, Canada.

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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Bingjing Zheng Bingjing Zheng, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.

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.

2019 Recipients

1st place
Andrew J. Gravelle, University of Guelph, Canada, for "Modelling Food Protein Gels as Particle-filled Soft Solids: Considerations for Readdressing Established Theoretical Approaches."

2nd place
Gabriela Calzada Luna, Purdue University, USA, for "Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Cricket (Acheta domesticus) Protein to Generate Functional Peptides for Their Use in a Corn Tortilla Formulation."

3rd place
Robert M. Hallinan, The Ohio State University, USA, for "Assessing the Bioaccessibility of Curcumin Solubilized in Oleogels."

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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Gianfranco MazzantiGianfranco Mazzanti, Dalhousie University, Canada.




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.

2019 Recipients

Ryo Yamauchi, Tomomi Kinoshita and Satoshi Iwamoto, Iron-Catalyzed Reaction of γ-Tocopherol with Methyl Linoleate Hydroperoxides in Solutions (JAOCS 95(3):361-369).



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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Sarah Willett Sarah A. Willett, University of Georgia, 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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Weicang Wang Weicang Wang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA



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.

2019 Recipients

Best Overall (non-student)
Douglas Bibus, Lipid Technologies LLC., USA, for "Time-Dependent Differences in Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids during Lactation in the Guatemalan Highlands."

Student Posters
1st place
Hongbing Fan, University of Alberta, Canada, for "Identification of Angiotensin-converting Enzyme Inhibitory Peptides Resisting Gastrointestinal Digestion from Thermolysin-digested Egg White Hydrolysate."

2nd place
Kenneth D'Souza, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, Canada, for "Effect of Whey Peptides on Metabolism and Insulin Signaling in Muscle and Fat Cells."

3rd place
Yue Guo, University of Minnesota, USA, for "Metabolomics Revealed the Selective Effects of Feeding Oxidized Oil on Amino Acid Metabolism in Nursery Pigs."





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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

John J. MiklavcicJohn J. Miklavcic, Chapman University, 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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Luigi MondelloLuigi Mondello, University of Messina, Italy.



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 October 1.

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

Sponsored by: AOCS Foundation

2019 Recipients
Sampson Anankanbil Sampson Anankanbil, Aarhus University, Denmark

Hongbing Fan Hongbing Fan, University of Alberta, Canada.

Anabella S. Giacomozzi Anabella S. Giacomozzi, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina.

Longkai ShiLongkai Shi, Jiangnan University, China.


Weicang WangWeicang Wang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.


Minwei XuMinwei Xu, North Dakota State University, USA

Junsi YangJunsi Yang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.


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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Meghan E. LammMeghan E. Lamm, University of South Carolina, 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.

2019 Recipient

Junsi Yang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, for "Extraction, Purification and Characterization of Wax from Sorghum as an Alternative Natural Wax."



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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Marnie NewellMarnie Newell, University of Alberta, Canada.

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.

A complementary meal ticket will be offered to all LOQ poster competition participants attending the AOCS Annual Meeting.

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.

2019 Recipient

Minwei Xu, North Dakota State University, USA, for "Opposite Antioxidative Activity Variation of Soluble Free and Soluble Bound Phenolic Compounds during Yellow Pea Germination."






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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

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

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. 

2019 Recipient

Longkai Shi Longkai Shi, Jiangnan University, China.



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.

2019 Recipient

Sampson AnankanbilSampson Anankanbil, Aarhus University, Denmark.



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.

2019 Recipients

Sampson Anankanbil, Bianca Pérez, Chiranjib Banerjee and Zheng Guo, New Phenophospholipids Equipped with Multi-functionalities: Regiospecific Synthesis and Characterization (Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 523(2018):169-178).

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.

2019 Recipient

Zachary A. CooperZachary A. Cooper, Utah State University, USA.



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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

James E. WillitsJames E. Willits, Willits Fat & Oils Consulting, LLC, USA.



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.

2019 Recipient
Not awarded in 2019.

The Processing Division Student 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, a $300 honorarium for 1st place, a $200 honorarium for 2nd place, and a $100 honorarium for 3rd place.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted and selected for the Processing Division Poster Session are eligible for the competition (must be presented by the student).

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2019 Recipient
Not awarded in 2019.

The Protein and Co-Products Division Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of protein and co-products through research and applications, as well as to the Division's interest area. This award is presented every second year.

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

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. As well as, contributing to the growth and success of the of the Protein and Co-Products Division by committing time and expertise through involvement on the leadership team or other Division committees/activities. Candidates should also have demonstrated character, ethics, and a reputation that places them above their peers. Preference will be given to Protein and Co-Products Division members who have 15+ years of membership (does not need to be consecutive).

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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Not awarded in 2019.

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 Buddhi Lamsal for consideration by February 1.

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

2019 Recipients

1st place
Madhurima Bandyopadhyay, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA, for "Effect of Growing Conditions on the Protein Digestibility and the Production of Peptides with Antioxidant Activity of Locally Cultivated Great Northern Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)."

2nd place
Sophie Beaubier, LRGP - Université de Lorraine, CNRS, France, for "A Study of Hydrolysis of Rapeseed Albumin: Kinetics Modelling and Functionalities Characterization."

3rd place
Mallory E. Walters, Carleton University, Canada, for "Effect of Sonication on Extraction of Proteins from Oats and Antidiabetic Properties of Hydrolysates."




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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Meghan E. Lamm Meghan E. Lamm, University of South Carolina, 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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

David M. KlurfeldDavid M. Klurfeld, USDA-ARS, Human Nutrition, 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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Not awarded in 2019.



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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

W. David NesW. David Nes is a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and former director of the Center for Chemical Biology at Texas Tech University. He has published approximately 210 peer-reviewed journal articles, one patent and eight books, and has been among the most cited scientists in sterol research. He is regarded as being a tireless mentor of over 75 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists. During his career, he has been consultant to government and industry, a question writer for the graduate record exam in biochemistry, sought-after lecturer, taken sabbatical leaves in Germany and Wales, associate editor of journals, AOCS Fellow, and former Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Professionally, he is recognized as an international expert in the chemical biology of sterols and other isoprenoids as highlighted in the 2019 Festschrift special issue in the journal Molecules honoring his 65th birthday.

Dr. Nes was born in Bethesda, Maryland, while his father, William R. Nes, was an organic chemist at the National Institutes of Health researching steroids. During Dr. Nes's early life, he was active in sports and recruited to Gettysburg College becoming a varsity wrestler in his sophomore year and pledging Sigma Chi Fraternity. After graduating from Gettysburg College, he attended Drexel University and received an M.S. under the direction of his father, with whom he collaborated on numerous projects until father's death in 1988. After Drexel, Dr. Nes received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and then pursued postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley, and the United States Department of Agriculture-Albany.

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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Xuebing Xu Xuebing Xu received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and was a professor/honorary professor in Aarhus University, Denmark. Dr. Xu's areas of research include lipid technology, food/lipid/ingredients functionality, enzyme technology, etc. Dr. Xu has published more than 270 papers, edited three books and is inventor of more than 33 patents.

 Dr. Xu is the general manager of the Wilmar Global Research and Development Center. He is also a guest professor at a few universities. He was the founding president of the International Association of Rice Bran Oil (2013-2014) and is also the founding president of the International Sunflower Oil Association (2015-present). Dr. Xu won the European Lipid Technology Award in 2017 and became an AOCS Fellow in 2018.   Dr. Xu has been involved in a number of activities in AOCS. He is associate editor of JAOCS (2005-present), was chair of the Phospholipids Division (2016-2017) and is vice president of the China Section (2016-present). Dr. Xu was the organization committee member for a few conferences, including the AOCS-CCOA Joint Symposium on Functional Lipids (2014) and 1st AOCS China Section Congress on Oilseeds and Co-Products (2017). He was invited as session chairs for a number of AOCS Annual Meetings.

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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Richard W. HartelRichard W. Hartel, a professor of food engineering, has been with the Department of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1986. Dr. Hartel has an active research program focused on phase transitions in foods, particularly chocolate (lipids), frozen desserts (ice) and confections (sugars and lipids), funded from a variety of sources, including the United States Department of Agriculture, industry and commodity boards. With over 75 graduated students since 1986, he currently has 14 grad students and three postdocs. His work has resulted in over 220 publications. He also authored or co-authored 15 books, including authoritative works on both ice cream and confectionery science as well as two popular interest books written with his daughter.  

Dr. Hartel is well known for being a strong proponent of education and student learning. An active instructor, he teaches classes on food lipids, food manufacturing, food preservation and food functionality, as well as a freshman seminar class and a candy science elective. He has been advisor of the Food Science Club for over 30 years and is academic advisor of 75 undergrad students. His interest in education also extends to adult learning. He is coordinator for several industry-oriented short courses: Nutritional Bars, the 2-week Candy School, and Enhanced Gummies and Jellies.  

Dr. Hartel has been an active contributor to AOCS, including numerous presentations at Annual Meetings and many years of service with JAOCS. After working through the system from associate editor, he served as editor-in-chief of JAOCS for 10 years. He is currently back as an associate editor.



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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Paul T. SharkoPaul T. Sharko, Shell Global Solutions Inc., 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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Not awarded in 2019.



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

2019 Recipients

Pattamas Rattanaudom, PPC, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, for "Nanoparticles Stabilized Foams for Enhanced Oil Recovery using Carboxylate-based Extended Surfactants."



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.

2019 Recipient

Zipei ZhangZipei 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 August 1.

2019 Recipient

Silvana MartiniSilvana Martini, Utah State University, USA.

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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Nuanyi Liang Nuanyi Liang, University of Alberta, 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.

2019 Recipient

Ziliang Song, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, for "Evolution of the Orbitide Gene Family in Cultivated Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.)."

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

2019 Recipients
Liping Chen1st place
Liping Chen, Hokkadio University, Japan.

Ashwin Sancheti1st place  
Ashwin Sancheti, University of Akron, USA.



Siyu Zhang2nd place
Siyu Zhang, University of Georgia, 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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Bingjing Zheng Bingjing Zheng, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.

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

2019 Recipients

1st place
Andrew J. Gravelle, University of Guelph, Canada, for "Modelling Food Protein Gels as Particle-filled Soft Solids: Considerations for Readdressing Established Theoretical Approaches."

2nd place
Gabriela Calzada Luna, Purdue University, USA, for "Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Cricket (Acheta domesticus) Protein to Generate Functional Peptides for Their Use in a Corn Tortilla Formulation."

3rd place
Robert M. Hallinan, The Ohio State University, USA, for "Assessing the Bioaccessibility of Curcumin Solubilized in Oleogels."

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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Sarah A. Willett Sarah A. Willett, University of Georgia, 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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Weicang Wang Weicang Wang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA



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.

2019 Recipients

1st place
Hongbing Fan, University of Alberta, Canada, for "Identification of Angiotensin-converting Enzyme Inhibitory Peptides Resisting Gastrointestinal Digestion from Thermolysin-digested Egg White Hydrolysate."

2nd place
Kenneth D'Souza, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, Canada, for "Effect of Whey Peptides on Metabolism and Insulin Signaling in Muscle and Fat Cells."

3rd place
Yue Guo, University of Minnesota, USA, for "Metabolomics Revealed the Selective Effects of Feeding Oxidized Oil on Amino Acid Metabolism in Nursery Pigs."





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 October 1.

Sponsored by: AOCS Foundation
2019 Recipients
Sampson Anankanbil Sampson Anankanbil, Aarhus University, Denmark

Hongbing Fan Hongbing Fan, University of Alberta, Canada.

Anabella S. Giacomozzi Anabella S. Giacomozzi, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina.

Longkai ShiLongkai Shi, Jiangnan University, China.


Weicang WangWeicang Wang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.


Minwei XuMinwei Xu, North Dakota State University, USA

Junsi YangJunsi Yang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.


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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Meghan E. LammMeghan E. Lamm, University of South Carolina, 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.

2019 Recipient

Junsi Yang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, for "Extraction, Purification and Characterization of Wax from Sorghum as an Alternative Natural Wax."



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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Marnie NewellMarnie Newell, University of Alberta, Canada.

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.

A complementary meal ticket will be offered to all LOQ poster competition participants attending the AOCS Annual Meeting.

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.

2019 Recipient

Minwei Xu, North Dakota State University, USA, for "Opposite Antioxidative Activity Variation of Soluble Free and Soluble Bound Phenolic Compounds during Yellow Pea Germination."






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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

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

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. 

2019 Recipient

Longkai Shi Longkai Shi, Jiangnan University, China.



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.

2019 Recipient

Sampson AnankanbilSampson Anankanbil, Aarhus University, Denmark.



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.

2019 Recipient

Zachary A. CooperZachary A. Cooper, Utah State University, USA.



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.

2019 Recipient
Not awarded in 2019.

The Processing Division Student 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, a $300 honorarium for 1st place, a $200 honorarium for 2nd place, and a $100 honorarium for 3rd place.

Eligibility

All poster abstracts submitted and selected for the Processing Division Poster Session are eligible for the competition (must be presented by the student).

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2019 Recipient
Not awarded in 2019.

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 Buddhi Lamsal for consideration by February 1.

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

2019 Recipients

1st place
Madhurima Bandyopadhyay, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA, for "Effect of Growing Conditions on the Protein Digestibility and the Production of Peptides with Antioxidant Activity of Locally Cultivated Great Northern Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)."

2nd place
Sophie Beaubier, LRGP - Université de Lorraine, CNRS, France, for "A Study of Hydrolysis of Rapeseed Albumin: Kinetics Modelling and Functionalities Characterization."

3rd place
Mallory E. Walters, Carleton University, Canada, for "Effect of Sonication on Extraction of Proteins from Oats and Antidiabetic Properties of Hydrolysates."




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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Meghan E. Lamm Meghan E. Lamm, University of South Carolina, 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 October 1.

2019 Recipient

Not awarded in 2019.



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

2019 Recipients

Pattamas Rattanaudom, PPC, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, for "Nanoparticles Stabilized Foams for Enhanced Oil Recovery using Carboxylate-based Extended Surfactants."



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.

2019 Recipient

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