Awards

AOCS awards celebrate the individuals and companies that make outstanding contributions to science, technology, industry and our Society.

AOCS takes great pride in recognizing individual and company achievements that advance the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants and related materials. The AOCS Awards Program acknowledges the passion of both members and nonmembers for advancing the science of fats and oils, by working toward new and innovative applications.

How to nominate:

  1. Read the full award descriptions and eligibility requirements. (Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged, excluding the Alton E. Bailey Award.)
  2. Submit nomination materials - more information is coming soon on how to submit. Please continue to submit Travel Grant materials as PDF files to awards@aocs.org.
  3. Email Victoria Santo at awards@aocs.org if you have any questions.

The A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award recognizes long-term, distinguished service to AOCS in a variety of positions of significant responsibility. This is the Society’s highest service award and was first given in 1981 to A. Richard Baldwin. Sponsored by Cargill Inc.

For over 50 years, A. Richard Baldwin was an icon in AOCS whose vision, energy and leadership transformed the Society into the world’s premier fats and oils organization. Learn more about A. Richard Baldwin and his involvement in the Society.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $2,000 honorarium
  • Up to a US $1,500 travel allowance
  • Recognition during the Welcome Ceremony at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Current AOCS members that have:
    • actively supported a variety of Society activities through officer and/or committee participation
    • contributed exceptional quality of service to the Society over a substantial period of time
How do I nominate someone?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Sevim ErhanSevim Z. Erhan has a B.S. and an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Istanbul, Turkey (1980) and a Ph.D. in organic-polymer chemistry from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1987). She has been with the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), since 1988. She was a postdoctoral associate, research scientist and research leader at the ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois, from 1988-2008, and then became center director of the ARS Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, 2008-present.

Her research subjects are vegetable-oil-based industrial products, including printing inks, paints, coatings, lubricants, biodiesel, hydraulic oils and composites. She has authored or coauthored over 250 scientific articles, including 9 US Patents, 2 books and 29 book chapters. She has been invited to present her research findings at more than 200 national and international scientific meetings. She has received several Agricultural Research Service awards and industrial awards, including the Land of Lincoln Soybean Association Market Award; US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service Distinguished Service Award; Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer; United Soybean Board Outstanding Achievement Award; Oil Technologists Association of India KT. Achaya Award; Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers; Fellow, AOCS; Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year Award; American Chemical Society Distinguished Achievement and Service in Agricultural and Food Chemistry Award; and NEA Research Leadership and Center Directorship Award.

The Alton E. Bailey Award recognizes outstanding research contributions and exceptional service in the field of fats, oils, lipids and related disciplines. Sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).

This award commemorates Alton Bailey's outstanding contributions to the field of fats and oils as a researcher, an author of several standard books, and as a leader in the Society. Learn more about Alton Bailey.

What does the recipient receive?
Who is eligible?
  • Current AOCS members that have:
    • made significant contributions to the science and technology of lipids
    • demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the Society
    • not received the Stephen S. Chang Award or Supelco AOCS Research Award in the past three years
  • Self-nominations are not permitted
How do I nominate someone?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Tong WangTong (Toni) Wang has been a professor of food science at University of Tennessee (UT) since April 2019 after her faculty tenure at Iowa State University (ISU) from 2000 to 2019. Professor Wang's research focuses on chemistry and value-added utilization of agriculture products such as soybeans, corn, egg, dairy and other oleaginous biomass, primarily for their lipid components. The two primary areas of her research are (1) creating smart lipid materials and developing sustainable oil processing technologies, and (2) enhancing egg and dairy product quality and applications, such as egg nutrient enrichment via feeding and extraction of yolk and dairy polar lipids. She has received numerous industry and federal research grants that support her creative work and training of 36 graduate students and 20 post-docs and visiting scientists. She was recognized as an AOCS Fellow in 2016, with the ISU Mid-Career Achievement in Research in 2014, and the AOCS' Timothy L. Mounts Award in 2013. She found her academic home from her young graduate school age and ever since has been passionately serving the JAOCS family in various capacities.

The AOCS Award of Merit recognizes an AOCS Member who has displayed leadership in administrative activities, meritorious service on AOCS committees or performed an outstanding activity or service.

What does the recipient receive?
Who is eligible?
  • Current AOCS members that have:
    • actively demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the Society through committee participation
    • contributed exceptional quality of service that has advanced the Society’s prestige, standing or interest
  • Current Governing Board members, past presidents and honorary members of the Society are not eligible
How do I nominate someone?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishment or service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient
Masaki Tsumadori Masaki Tsumadori retired from Kao Corporation in February 2016 as a research fellow in strategy research, R&D, and as the director of the Kao Eco-Lab Museum. He is now a senior R&D advisor at Kao Corporation. He also runs his own global consulting business in the field of R&D planning. Mr. Tsumadori earned a master's degree in polymer chemistry from the Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1977. He began his career at Kao Corporation in 1977, working as a research chemist developing fabric and home care products. He subsequently held senior positions across research and development, including manager of hard surface cleaners from 1987 and director of fabric care products such as laundry detergents, fabric softeners and bleaches from 1997. During 1997-2002, he played key roles in the development and launch of powder and liquid laundry detergents in Japan and Asian countries, including the Attack brand. He was appointed vice president of global R&D, fabric and home care, of Kao Corporation in 2002. Mr. Tsumadori was a member of the governing board of AOCS from 2011 to 2016 and has been supporting the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care as a member of the Executive Committee since 2010.

The AOCS Fellow Award recognizes achievements in science and/or extraordinary service to the Society.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • Custom Fellow medal
  • Fellow membership
  • Recognition during the Welcome Ceremony at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Current AOCS members that have:
    • at least 15 years of continuous AOCS Membership
    • made exceptional achievements in science and/or exceptionally important service to the Society or the profession, including any of the areas of research, industrial achievement, leadership, education, administration, communication, or regulatory affairs
How do I nominate someone?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishment or service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients
Fred Eller Fred Eller, III is a research chemist in the Functional Foods Research Unit at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, USDA-ARS, Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Eller is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He joined ARS in 1990, initially investigating insect chemical attractants (e.g., the isolation and identification of the aggregation pheromone of the pepper weevil). He subsequently redirected his research efforts and focused on the utilization of supercritical fluids for the extraction and analysis of lipids under the tutelage and mentorship of Drs. Jerry W. King and Gary R. List.

Dr. Eller has been an active member of AOCS since 1996 and has organized symposia at AOCS Annual Meetings, held leadership roles in the Analytical Division, served on a variety of AOCS committees and currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (2007-present). Dr. Eller was awarded the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton Award in 2013. He has authored or coauthored 90 publications and is first inventor on two United States Patents. He has also made 46 presentations at national and international meetings. Dr. Eller's current research interests include the utilization of critical fluids for the extraction, counter-current fractionation and processing of agricultural materials, as well as the isolation and identification of bioactive natural products. He is especially interested in cedarwood oil extraction, bioactivity and utilization.

Lars ReimannLars Reimann received a Cand Scient. in biochemistry/analytical chemistry from University of Copenhagen. He has worked in the food/feed and agriculture related areas for more than 20 years and has managed laboratories specializing in the analysis of a wide variety of foods and feeds as well as their ingredients to determine compliance with industry standards, to verify nutritional value and to ensure the absence of food safety issues.

Mr. Reimann has been an active AOCS member since 1982 and has fully participated in many AOCS Technical committees and divisions. His passion for good science coupled with his critical thinking abilities has furthered the success of AOCS. Lars has been proposing and moderating sessions for the Analytical and Health and Nutrition Divisions since 2000. He has mentored countless employees and students throughout his AOCS tenure and always encourages people to join AOCS and to get involved with the Society. Mr. Reimann has ensured his laboratories were participating in multiple Smalley Check Sample series and Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) series as well as been a member of the Smalley Committee and the LPP Committee. His labs also are home to several AOCS Approved Chemists and are AOCS-NOPA Certified Labs. He ensured his labs participated in every collaborative study administered by AOCS since the 1980s. He has been enthusiastically involved with the Uniform Methods Committee and its Subcommittees since he joined AOCS and currently is a voting member of the Uniform Methods Committee. He has worked tirelessly to ensure AOCS Methods are relevant and up-to-date. He is a behind-the-scenes force championing for AOCS to be the very best. Mr. Reimann's most recent efforts include organizing a new series for Dried Distillers Grains (DDGs) for LPP; involvement with the method validation studies for 3-MCPD and Glycidyl Esters; and working on the Forum Organizing Committee for the AOCS Pulse Science and Technology Forum.

The Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship is awarded to graduate students doing research in fats, oils, proteins, surfactants and related materials. The purpose of this graduate fellowship is to encourage, recognize and support outstanding research in a field of study consistent with the areas of interest to AOCS.

This award was established in memory of Dr. Smouse’s dedication and enthusiasm for lipid chemistry and his commitment to family, education, and AOCS. Dr. Smouse was a long-time member and very active volunteer in AOCS, including serving as President of AOCS in 1983. As well as a noted industrial researcher into the flavor chemistry of fats and oils. Archer Daniels Midland Foundation, AOCS Foundation, AOCS, and the family and friends of Dr. Smouse established and assisted in this fellowship’s funding.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Custom inscribed bookends with the recipient’s name and award details
  • US $10,000 honorarium
  • Up to a US $5,000 research and travel allowance
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students who are AOCS members that:
    • are conducting research at an educational institution that is conducting fundamental investigations in the chemistry of fats, oils, proteins, surfactants and related materials, with an above average interest in and aptitude for research
    • have never received the Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship
  • Note: the graduate student’s major professor supervising the research must also be a current AOCS member
  • Please refer to the Award Guidelines (.pdf) for the detailed eligibility guidelines
How to nominate?

The professor should review the application for completeness, and then send the following application materials as a single mailing to the AOCS main office by February 1.

  • Letter of nomination from the major professor supervising the research
  • Major professor statement confirming good standing at the university (complete within the application)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from deans, department heads and/or professors who have supervised the student’s most recent academic work. These letters should present essential facts regarding: 1) scholastic record, 2) character and personality, 3) interest and capability in research, 4) ability to cooperate with others, 5) capacity for work, and 6) extracurricular activities
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges or university work completed to date
  • Application (.doc) completed by the student

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients

Deena B. SnokeDeena B. Snoke, The Ohio State University, USA

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) Distinguished Paper Award of the AOCS Surfactants and Detergents Division recognizes an outstanding paper published in the area of surfactants and detergents. Sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI).

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque for the main author
  • Certificates for all contributing authors
  • Complimentary Surfactants and Detergents Division meal ticket(s)
  • Recognition at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?

All papers published within Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD) during the calendar year before the AOCS Annual Meeting are eligible, with the exception of papers listing author(s) who received the award within the previous three years. Authors do not need to be members of AOCS or the Division.

How do I nominate someone?

No nomination required. All JSD journal articles are automatically considered. The Surfactants and Detergents Division Chair identifies an awards committee that selects the winning paper after the 4th quarter publication of JSD. Reviews begin January 1.

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients

Maximilian Pleines, Werner Kunz and Thomas Zemb, "Understanding and Prediction of the Clouding Phenomenon by Spontaneous and Effective Packing Concepts (JSD 22(5):1011 1021)."

The Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Award for Best Paper in Protein and Co-Products recognizes outstanding papers that report original research in the categories of chemistry/nutrition and engineering/technology of protein and co-products. One paper is selected from each category. Presented by the Protein and Co-Products Division. Sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque for the main author
  • Certificates for all contributing authors
  • Complimentary Protein and Co-Products Division meal ticket(s)
  • Recognition at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?

All papers published within the Journal of American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS) during the calendar year before the AOCS Annual Meeting are eligible, with the exception of papers listing author(s) who received the award within the previous three years. Authors do not need to be members of AOCS or the Division.

How do I nominate someone?

No nomination required. All JAOCS journal articles are automatically considered. The Protein and Co-Products Division Chair identifies an awards committee that selects the winning paper after the 4th quarter publication of JAOCS. Reviews begin January 1.

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients

Chemistry/Nutrition Category
Mia J. Cunicelli, Hem S. Bhandari, Pengyin Chen, Carl E. Sams, M. A. Rouf Mian, Leandro A. Mozzoni, Christopher J. Smallwood and Vincent R. Pantalone, "Effect of a Mutant Danbaekkong Allele on Soybean Seed Yield, Protein, and Oil Concentration" (JAOCS 96(8):927- 935).

Engineering/Technology Category
Jasreen K. Sekhon, Kurt A. Rosentrater, Stephanie Jung and Tong Wang, "Nutrient Enhancement of Corn Distillers Dried Grains by Addition of Coproducts of the Enzyme‐Assisted Aqueous Extraction Process of Soybeans in Corn Fermentation" (JAOCS 96(9):1047 -1057).

The Edwin N. Frankel Award for Best Paper in Lipid Oxidation and Quality recognizes an outstanding paper in the area of lipid oxidation or quality. This award is presented by the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division in recognition of Edwin Frankel's 50 years of lipid oxidation research. Sponsored by Kalsec.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque for the main author
  • Certificates for all contributing authors
  • US $300 honorarium
  • Complimentary Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division meal ticket(s)
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?

All papers published within an AOCS journal during the calendar year before the AOCS Annual Meeting that address oxidation, stability, quality or flavor of lipids are eligible. Authors do not need to be members of AOCS or the Division.

How do I nominate someone?

No nomination required. All AOCS journal articles are automatically considered. The Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Chair identifies an awards committee that selects the winning paper after the 4th quarter publication. Reviews begin January 1.

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients

Judith Lauvai, Anna‐Karina Becker, Katja Lehnert, Monika Schumacher, Bettina Hieronimus, Walter Vetter and Lutz Graeve, "The Furan Fatty Acid 9M5 Acts as a Partial Ligand to Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma and Enhances Adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 Preadipocytes" (Lipids 54(5):277-288).

The Phospholipid Division Best Paper Award recognizes an outstanding published paper or monograph in the area of phospholipids. Sponsored by the International Lecithin & Phospholipid Society (ILPS).

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque for the main author
  • Certificates for all contributing authors
  • Up to a US $1,500 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Phospholipid Division meal ticket(s)
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?

All papers published from any journal or monograph (not limited to AOCS Press journals) in the area of phospholipid research or applications during the calendar year before the AOCS Annual Meeting

How do I nominate someone?

No nomination required. All AOCS journal articles are automatically considered. The Phospholipid Division Chair identifies an awards committee that selects the winning paper after the 4th quarter publication. Reviews begin January 1.

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients

Daniela Vergara and Carolina Shene, "Encapsulation of Lactoferrin into Rapeseed Phospholipids Based Liposomes: Optimization and Physicochemical Characterization" (Journal of Food Engineering 262(2019):29-38).

The A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award recognizes long-term, distinguished service to AOCS in a variety of positions of significant responsibility. This is the Society’s highest service award and was first given in 1981 to A. Richard Baldwin. Sponsored by Cargill Inc.

For over 50 years, A. Richard Baldwin was an icon in AOCS whose vision, energy and leadership transformed the Society into the world’s premier fats and oils organization. Learn more about A. Richard Baldwin and his involvement in the Society.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $2,000 honorarium
  • Up to a US $1,500 travel allowance
  • Recognition during the Welcome Ceremony at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Current AOCS members that have:
    • actively supported a variety of Society activities through officer and/or committee participation
    • contributed exceptional quality of service to the Society over a substantial period of time
How do I nominate someone?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Sevim ErhanSevim Z. Erhan has a B.S. and an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Istanbul, Turkey (1980) and a Ph.D. in organic-polymer chemistry from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1987). She has been with the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), since 1988. She was a postdoctoral associate, research scientist and research leader at the ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois, from 1988-2008, and then became center director of the ARS Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, 2008-present.

Her research subjects are vegetable-oil-based industrial products, including printing inks, paints, coatings, lubricants, biodiesel, hydraulic oils and composites. She has authored or coauthored over 250 scientific articles, including 9 US Patents, 2 books and 29 book chapters. She has been invited to present her research findings at more than 200 national and international scientific meetings. She has received several Agricultural Research Service awards and industrial awards, including the Land of Lincoln Soybean Association Market Award; US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service Distinguished Service Award; Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer; United Soybean Board Outstanding Achievement Award; Oil Technologists Association of India KT. Achaya Award; Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers; Fellow, AOCS; Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year Award; American Chemical Society Distinguished Achievement and Service in Agricultural and Food Chemistry Award; and NEA Research Leadership and Center Directorship Award.

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

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • Up to an AU $1,500 travel allowance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting
  • Complimentary registration to attend and present an award lecture at the AAOCS Section biennial meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Current members of the AOCS Australasian Section from the Australasian Region
  • Scientists that have made significant research contribution towards fats and oils research, either cumulative (lifetime achievement) or one major advancement that holds substantial promise for its effect in the near future
How to nominate?

Send the following nomination materials as PDF files to Matt Miller by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least two letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Surinder SinghSurinder Singh, Research Group Leader for Plant Oil Engineering, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Australia.



The ACI/NBB Glycerine Innovation Award of the AOCS Industrial Oil Products Division recognizes outstanding achievement for research in new applications for glycerine with emphasis on commercial viability. Sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $5,000 honorarium
  • Complimentary Industrial Oil Products Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists who have conducted research which has led to new applications for glycerine with emphasis on commercial viability
  • Preference is given to research that has existing or potential commercial applications
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's original research work in applications and uses of glycerine
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Copy of one published journal article relating to the research
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients

Not awarded in 2020.

The Alton E. Bailey Award recognizes outstanding research contributions and exceptional service in the field of fats, oils, lipids and related disciplines. Sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).

This award commemorates Alton Bailey's outstanding contributions to the field of fats and oils as a researcher, an author of several standard books, and as a leader in the Society. Learn more about Alton Bailey.

What does the recipient receive?
Who is eligible?
  • Current AOCS members that have:
    • made significant contributions to the science and technology of lipids
    • demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the Society
    • not received the Stephen S. Chang Award or Supelco AOCS Research Award in the past three years
  • Self-nominations are not permitted
How do I nominate someone?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Tong WangTong (Toni) Wang has been a professor of food science at University of Tennessee (UT) since April 2019 after her faculty tenure at Iowa State University (ISU) from 2000 to 2019. Professor Wang's research focuses on chemistry and value-added utilization of agriculture products such as soybeans, corn, egg, dairy and other oleaginous biomass, primarily for their lipid components. The two primary areas of her research are (1) creating smart lipid materials and developing sustainable oil processing technologies, and (2) enhancing egg and dairy product quality and applications, such as egg nutrient enrichment via feeding and extraction of yolk and dairy polar lipids. She has received numerous industry and federal research grants that support her creative work and training of 36 graduate students and 20 post-docs and visiting scientists. She was recognized as an AOCS Fellow in 2016, with the ISU Mid-Career Achievement in Research in 2014, and the AOCS' Timothy L. Mounts Award in 2013. She found her academic home from her young graduate school age and ever since has been passionately serving the JAOCS family in various capacities.

The AOCS Award of Merit recognizes an AOCS Member who has displayed leadership in administrative activities, meritorious service on AOCS committees or performed an outstanding activity or service.

What does the recipient receive?
Who is eligible?
  • Current AOCS members that have:
    • actively demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the Society through committee participation
    • contributed exceptional quality of service that has advanced the Society’s prestige, standing or interest
  • Current Governing Board members, past presidents and honorary members of the Society are not eligible
How do I nominate someone?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishment or service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient
Masaki Tsumadori Masaki Tsumadori retired from Kao Corporation in February 2016 as a research fellow in strategy research, R&D, and as the director of the Kao Eco-Lab Museum. He is now a senior R&D advisor at Kao Corporation. He also runs his own global consulting business in the field of R&D planning. Mr. Tsumadori earned a master's degree in polymer chemistry from the Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1977. He began his career at Kao Corporation in 1977, working as a research chemist developing fabric and home care products. He subsequently held senior positions across research and development, including manager of hard surface cleaners from 1987 and director of fabric care products such as laundry detergents, fabric softeners and bleaches from 1997. During 1997-2002, he played key roles in the development and launch of powder and liquid laundry detergents in Japan and Asian countries, including the Attack brand. He was appointed vice president of global R&D, fabric and home care, of Kao Corporation in 2002. Mr. Tsumadori was a member of the governing board of AOCS from 2011 to 2016 and has been supporting the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care as a member of the Executive Committee since 2010.

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

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque to the company
  • Certificate to any collaborating organization(s)
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • A corporation whose process, product or contribution has been successfully applied in actual commercial operation for at least six months, but no more than six years before August 1 of the year in which the nomination is submitted
  • That outstanding process or product must represent a significant advancement in the application of technology to any segment of the fats, oils, or byproducts in one of the areas represented by AOCS Divisions
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination that describes the development of the product or process under consideration, as well as its importance in terms of public health and its scientific, technological and economic impact
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the company’s products or process
  • Submission of product samples, promotional videos and reprints describing the product or process may also be included

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

 Not awarded in 2020.

The AOCS Fellow Award recognizes achievements in science and/or extraordinary service to the Society.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • Custom Fellow medal
  • Fellow membership
  • Recognition during the Welcome Ceremony at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Current AOCS members that have:
    • at least 15 years of continuous AOCS Membership
    • made exceptional achievements in science and/or exceptionally important service to the Society or the profession, including any of the areas of research, industrial achievement, leadership, education, administration, communication, or regulatory affairs
How do I nominate someone?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishment or service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients
Fred Eller Fred Eller, III is a research chemist in the Functional Foods Research Unit at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, USDA-ARS, Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Eller is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He joined ARS in 1990, initially investigating insect chemical attractants (e.g., the isolation and identification of the aggregation pheromone of the pepper weevil). He subsequently redirected his research efforts and focused on the utilization of supercritical fluids for the extraction and analysis of lipids under the tutelage and mentorship of Drs. Jerry W. King and Gary R. List.

Dr. Eller has been an active member of AOCS since 1996 and has organized symposia at AOCS Annual Meetings, held leadership roles in the Analytical Division, served on a variety of AOCS committees and currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (2007-present). Dr. Eller was awarded the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton Award in 2013. He has authored or coauthored 90 publications and is first inventor on two United States Patents. He has also made 46 presentations at national and international meetings. Dr. Eller's current research interests include the utilization of critical fluids for the extraction, counter-current fractionation and processing of agricultural materials, as well as the isolation and identification of bioactive natural products. He is especially interested in cedarwood oil extraction, bioactivity and utilization.

Lars ReimannLars Reimann received a Cand Scient. in biochemistry/analytical chemistry from University of Copenhagen. He has worked in the food/feed and agriculture related areas for more than 20 years and has managed laboratories specializing in the analysis of a wide variety of foods and feeds as well as their ingredients to determine compliance with industry standards, to verify nutritional value and to ensure the absence of food safety issues.

Mr. Reimann has been an active AOCS member since 1982 and has fully participated in many AOCS Technical committees and divisions. His passion for good science coupled with his critical thinking abilities has furthered the success of AOCS. Lars has been proposing and moderating sessions for the Analytical and Health and Nutrition Divisions since 2000. He has mentored countless employees and students throughout his AOCS tenure and always encourages people to join AOCS and to get involved with the Society. Mr. Reimann has ensured his laboratories were participating in multiple Smalley Check Sample series and Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) series as well as been a member of the Smalley Committee and the LPP Committee. His labs also are home to several AOCS Approved Chemists and are AOCS-NOPA Certified Labs. He ensured his labs participated in every collaborative study administered by AOCS since the 1980s. He has been enthusiastically involved with the Uniform Methods Committee and its Subcommittees since he joined AOCS and currently is a voting member of the Uniform Methods Committee. He has worked tirelessly to ensure AOCS Methods are relevant and up-to-date. He is a behind-the-scenes force championing for AOCS to be the very best. Mr. Reimann's most recent efforts include organizing a new series for Dried Distillers Grains (DDGs) for LPP; involvement with the method validation studies for 3-MCPD and Glycidyl Esters; and working on the Forum Organizing Committee for the AOCS Pulse Science and Technology Forum.

The AOCS Young Scientist Research Award recognizes a young scientist who has made a significant and substantial research contribution in one of the areas represented by AOCS Divisions. Sponsored by the International Food Science Centre A/S.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Up to a US $1,500 travel allowance
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists who:
    • are younger than 36 years old, or have received their highest degree within the previous ten years, as of June 1st of the year of presentation
    • have made 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
  • AOCS membership is not required, but preference is given to members and volunteers
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents
  • Date of birth provided on the nomination form

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Bingcan ChenBingcan Chen received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently an assistant professor of cereal and food chemistry at North Dakota State University. The primary goal of his research is to gain better understanding of lipid oxidation mechanisms in foods and cereal products and to provide efficient means to improve food quality. Dr. Chen has been very active in lipid oxidation research since he was graduate student. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the impact of reverse micelles on bulk oil oxidation and the effectiveness of antioxidants. His current research focuses on lipid oxidation, novel antioxidants, specialty oil from new and emerging crops, and flavor chemistry. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and four book chapters. Dr. Chen has received several awards from AOCS, including the Lipid Oxidation and Quality (LOQ) Division Junior Researcher Travel Grant, Young Scientists to Watch and the Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship. Dr. Chen is an active member in the AOCS LOQ Division since 2009 and currently is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Division.

The Biotechnology Division Ching Hou Biotechnology Award recognizes a scientist, technologist or leader who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the Division’s area of interest.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Complimentary Biotechnology Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientist, technologist, or leader who has made significant and meritorious achievements to areas of interest to the Biotechnology Division
  • Division and/or AOCS membership is not required, but preference is given to members
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient
Jun Ogawa Jun Ogawa, Kyoto University, Japan

The Edible Applications Technology Division Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a scientist, technologist or leader who has made significant contributions to the Division’s area of interest or to the advancement of edible oils.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $500 honorarium
  • Complimentary Edible Applications Technology Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientist, technologist, or leader who has contributed to the advancement of edible oils and/or the Edible Applications Technology Division
  • Division and/or AOCS membership is not required, but preference is given to members
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Lorin R. Debonte Lorin R. DeBonte, Cargill, Inc., USA



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 Division’s area of interest.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Complimentary Health and Nutrition Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Early or mid-career independent researchers or scientists that are making significant and substantial original research contributions on the health or nutrition of fats or oils
  • Preference is given to young scientists with evidence of impact of the discovery(ies) at a national or international level for the scientific community
  • Division and/or AOCS membership is not required, but preference is given to members
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Andrew J. ClulowAndrew J. Clulow, Monash University, Australia



The Health and Nutrition Division Poster Competition recognizes a high-quality non-student poster submitted and presented in the Health and Nutrition Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $150 honorarium for non-student winner
  • Complimentary Health and Nutrition Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?

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

How to nominate?

No nomination required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Herbert J. Dutton Award of the AOCS Analytical Division recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the analysis of fats, oils and related products.

This award commemorates Hebert Dutton’s meritorious and long-term contributions to lipid research, with one of his most important contributions being in glyceride structure. Herbert Dutton was the first recipient to receive the award in 1993. Learn more about Herbert Dutton.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Up to a US $1,000 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Analytical Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists who have made significant contributions to the analysis of fats, oils and related products which are reflected in current analytical methodologies
  • The scientists’ research must have resulted in major advances in the understanding of processes utilized in the fats and oils industry
  • Division and/or AOCS membership is not required, but preference is given to members
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

J. Thomas BrennaJ. Thomas Brenna, Cornell University and University of Texas at Austin, USA



The Processing Division Distinguished Service Award recognizes and honors outstanding and meritorious service to the oilseed processing industry.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • Up to a US $1,000 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Processing Division meal ticket
  • Recognition at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists who have:
    • made significant contributions to the knowledge, technology or history of the industry through their career or as a technical mentor
    • demonstrated character, ethics and a reputation that places them above their peers
  • Preference is given to AOCS members involved in the Processing Division, Society, or related organizations over a substantial period of time
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Scott BloomerScott Bloomer, American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS), USA

The Protein and Co-Products Division Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of protein and co-products through research and applications. This award is presented every other year.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • Up to a US $1,500 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Protein and Co-Products Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists, technologist, or leader who have:
    • made significant contributions to the knowledge, technology or history of the industry, through their career or as a technical mentor
    • contributed 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
    • demonstrated character, ethics and a reputation that places them above their peers
  • Preference is given to Protein and Co-Products Division members who have more than 15 years of membership (does not need to be consecutive years)
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Keshun LiuKeshun Liu, US Department of Agriculture, USA

The Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award of the AOCS Health and Nutrition Division recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the Division’s area of interest, or whose work has resulted in major advances in health and nutrition.

This award commemorates Ralph Holman’s lifetime service to the study of essential fatty acids and their impact on human health and to the Society. Dr. Holman was not only an accomplished biochemist, but a devoted father and husband, a man of integrity and a role model for students and young scientists. Learn more about Ralph Holman.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • Signed print of an orchid photographed by Dr. Holman
  • US $500 honorarium
  • Up to a US $1,000 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Health and Nutrition Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists who have made significant lifetime contributions in areas of interest to health and nutrition
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Richard P. BazinetRichard P. Bazinet, University of Toronto, Canada



The Samuel Rosen Memorial Award of the AOCS Surfactants and Detergents Division recognizes an individual who has made a significant advancement, cumulative advancements, or application of surfactant chemistry principles. This award commemorates more than 40 years of Samuel Rosen’s work as an industrial chemist on the formulation of printing inks. Initiated and sponsored by Milton J. Rosen.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • Complimentary Surfactants and Detergent Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists or technicians who have:
    • worked most of their career within industry, preferably within the last three years of the award recognition
    • made significant advancement or application of the principles of surfactant chemistry, or cumulation of career achievements
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Jean-Louis SalagerJean-Louis Salager, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela



The Schroepfer Medal recognizes a scientist who has made significant and distinguished advances in the steroid field.

To honor the memory of George J. Schroepfer, Jr., a leader in the sterol and lipid field for more than 40 years, the Schroepfer Medal was established. The 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. Initiated by colleagues of George Schroepfer, this award is presented every other year.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Bronze Medal
  • Honorarium (determined by the endowed fund investment return)
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists who have made:
    • significant and distinguished accomplishments in the steroid field, which is defined to encompass sterols and other natural and synthetic compounds incorporating the tetracyclic gonane ring system
    • fundamental advances that are primarily chemical, pharmacological, or analytical will also be considered
  • Preference is given to mature scientists who have not previously received a major award at the national or international level
  • Special consideration is given to interdisciplinary research in which rigorous chemical and analytical methods were applied to elucidate the biochemical and physiological roles of steroids in animals, plants, or microorganisms
  • AOCS membership is not required, but preference is given to members
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's significant accomplishments in the steroid field
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Stephen S. Chang Award recognizes a scientist, technologist or engineer who has made distinguished accomplishments in research for the improvement or development of products related to lipids. This award is made possible by the Stephen and Lucy Chang Endowed Fund.

Stephen Chang came to the United States in 1947 and became actively involved in AOCS after graduate studies at the University of Kansas and the University of Illinois. He served on numerous committees, including the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS) editorial team and AOCS Governing Board leadership. Learn more about Stephen Chang.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Jade horse sculpture
  • US $1,500 honorarium
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists, technicians, or engineers within the lipids industry who 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
    • not received the Alton E. Bailey or the Supelco AOCS Research Award in the past three years
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Dharma R. Kodali

Dharma R. Kodali is a world-recognized expert in lipids and new product development and has 40 years of research experience in academia and industry. He is currently an adjunct professor in bioproducts and biosystems engineering at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Minnesota and Boston University, studying the fundamental aspects of structurally defined lipids synthesis, molecular packing, properties, and their influence on metabolism and development of value-added products. His industrial experience includes working as a scientist and R&D manager at Cargill and as a senior principal dcientist at General Mills, developing several new products from concept to commercialization. His primary areas of research continue to be developing value-added products from fats and oils and agricultural materials for food and industrial applications.

Dr. Kodali authored or co-authored over 75 publications and book chapters and edited two books on trans fats. He is an inventor/co-inventor on 30 patents. His accomplishments include Cargill's Chairman's Innovation Award (2001), the American Chemical Society's Industrial Innovation Award (2002), and the AOCS Timothy L. Mounts Award (2003) and Alton E. Bailey Award (2017). He is an elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (2004) and an AOCS Fellow (2010). He has served in AOCS in various capacities, including chair, Industrial Oil Products Division; teaching short courses; as an associate editor and peer reviewer for JAOCS; as session chair at national meetings; and a member of the Books and Publications Committee and Recognition Program Committee.

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

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $10,000 honorarium
  • Up to a US $1,500 travel allowance
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Candidates who have:
    • outstanding original research on fats, oils, lipid chemistry, or biochemistry published in highly-cited journals, books, papers, etc.
    • not received the Alton E. Bailey Award or Stephen S. Chang Award in the past three years
  • Preference is given to individuals who are actively associated with research and have made influential discoveries in their respective fields
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

N.A. Michael Eskin

N.A. Michael Eskin is a professor at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of AOCS, Institute of Food Technologists, Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, and the Institute of Food Science and Technology in the UK. He is recognized for his work on edible oils and played a key role in the successful development of canola oil. Dr. Eskin has published over 250 research articles, book chapters, monographs, abstracts and several patents. He has published 15 books, including two on canola. He has also done extensive research on enzymes and gums as well as developed a number of colorimetric methods, including one for phytate that is still used worldwide. He recently celebrated his 50th year at the university where he served as department chair and associate dean. In 2017, he was selected by the students in his faculty as Professor of the Year. Michael is the recipient of many awards, including the Order of Canada in 2016 for his contributions to the worldwide success of canola oil. He served as chair of the AOCS Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division and was the first chair of the AOCS Division Council. In addition to serving as an associate editor of JAOCS, he was coeditor of Lipid Technology for seven years and is associate editor of education for the AOCS Lipid Library. Dr. Eskin was the recipient of the Stephen S. Chang Award from IFT in 2012 and AOCS in 2018. He also received the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton Award in 2017, AOCS Alton Bailey Award in 2013 and AOCS Timothy L. Mounts Award in 2007. He is well known for his Lipid Raps and just completed his latest one on protein.

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

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • Complimentary Surfactants and Detergents Division meal ticket
  • Recognition at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Outstanding and meritorious service to the surfactant and detergent industry or to the Surfactants and Detergents Division over a substantial period of time
  • Division and/or AOCS membership is not required, but preference is given to members
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Phillip K. VinsonPhillip K. Vinson, Procter & Gamble, USA



The Timothy L. Mounts Award of the AOCS Edible Applications Technology Division recognizes research related to the science and technology of edible oils or derivatives in food products, which may be basic or applied in nature.

This award commemorates Timothy Mounts as a distinguished scientist and leader who made numerous contributions to the science and technology of edible fats and oils. Learn more about Timothy Mounts.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $750 honorarium
  • Complimentary Edible Applications Technology Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists who have made significant contributions to the science and technology of edible fats and oils or derivatives in food products
  • Current members of the Edible Applications Technology Division executive steering committee are not eligible
  • Preference is given to early/mid-career candidates who have not received an AOCS major scientific and/or Society award
How to nominate?

Instructions on how to submit nomination materials are coming soon. The following nominations materials must be submittted by August 1.

  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Ashok R. PatelAshok R. Patel, Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology, China

The Analytical Division Student Award recognizes graduate students presenting an outstanding oral or poster presentations within the Analytical technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $250 honorarium
  • Up to a US $500 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Analytical Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students presenting within the Analytical Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting who have never received the Analytical Division Student Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the analytical interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Zilliang Song Ziliang Song, University of Saskatchewan, Canada



The Analytical Division Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Analytical Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $150 honorarium
  • Complimentary Analytical Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Biotechnology Division Student Award recognizes graduate students presenting outstanding oral or poster presentations within the Biotechnology technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $300 honorarium for 1st place winner, US $200 honorarium for 2nd place winner and $100 honorarium for 3rd place winner
  • Complimentary Biotechnology Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Students presenting within the Biotechnology Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting:
    • whose abstract is relevant to biotechnological research and development of fats and oils
    • who have never received the Biotechnology Division Student Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Extended abstract (up to three pages) for the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the biotechnology interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients
Siyu Zhang First place: Siyu Zhang, University of Georgia, USA

Jiwon Kim Second place: Jiwon Kim, Korea University, Republic of Korea

Andrea Zavadil Third place: Andrea L. Zavadil, South Dakota State University, USA

The Edible Applications Technology Division Student Award recognizes graduate students presenting an outstanding oral or poster presentation within the Edible Applications Technology technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $500 honorarium
  • Up to a US $150 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Edible Applications Technology Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students presenting within the Edible Applications Technology Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting who have not received the Edible Applications Technology Division Student Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the edible applications technology interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Maria Scharfe Maria Scharfe, Technical University Berlin, Germany

The Edible Applications Technology Division Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Edible Applications Technology Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $350 honorarium for 1st place winner, US $250 honorarium for 2nd place winner and US $150 honorarium for 3rd place winner
  • Complimentary Edible Applications Technology Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Hans Kaunitz Award recognizes students conducting research related to fats, oils and detergent technology.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Up to a $500 travel allowance
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students attending a university within the United States who have:
    • been actively involved in research dealing with fats, oils, proteins, surfactants and related materials, with a high aptitude for research
    • not previously received the Hans Kaunitz Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Mahesh M. Kharat Mahesh M. Kharat, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA





The Health and Nutrition Division Student Award recognizes graduate students presenting an outstanding oral or poster presentation within the Health and Nutrition technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $250 honorarium
  • Complimentary Health and Nutrition Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students presenting within the Health and Nutrition Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting who have never received the Health and Nutrition Division Student Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the health and nutrition interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Hongbing Fan Hongbing Fan, University of Alberta, CanadaA



The Health and Nutrition Division Student Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Health and Nutrition Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $150 honorarium for 1st place student, US $100 honorarium for 2nd place student and US $50 honorarium for 3rd place student
  • Complimentary Health and Nutrition Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Honored Student Award encourages and recognizes graduate students doing research in the fields of lipid chemistry and greater interests in the Society. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • Up to a US $500 travel allowance for U.S. and Canada residents [or up to a US $1,000 travel allowance for recipients residing outside of those countries]
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting registration, lodging and Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Current graduate students:
    • who have not begun a career in their chosen field by May 1 of the presentation year:
    • whose research is comprised of fats, oils and related fields
    • who have never received the Honored Student Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients
Yang Lan Yang Lan, North Dakota State University, USA

Marnie Newell Marnie Newell, University of Alberta, Canada

Lirong XuLirong Xu, Jiangnan University, China


Bingjing ZhengBingjing Zheng, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

The Industrial Oil Products Division Student Award recognizes graduate students presenting an outstanding oral or poster presentation within the Industrial Oil Products technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • Up to a US $500 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Industrial Oil Products Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students presenting within the Industrial Oil Products Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting who have never received the Industrial Oil Products Division Student Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the industrial oil products interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Industrial Oil Products Division Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Industrial Oil Products Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $300 honorarium
  • Complimentary Industrial Oil Products Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?

All student poster abstracts submitted and selected for the Industrial Oil Products Division Poster Session are eligible for the competition.

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Lipid Chemistry and Nutrition Award recognizes outstanding performance and achievement of graduate students conducting research in lipid chemistry and nutrition. Sponsored by Seawit Co., Inc.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Up to a $550 travel allowance
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scholastically outstanding graduate students from universities or research institutions:
    • whose research is related to the interest area of analytical, health and nutrition, or lipid oxidation and quality
    • who have never received the Lipid Chemistry and Nutrition Award
    • who have submitted an abstract to present at the AOCS Annual Meeting during the Analytical, Health and Nutrition, or Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division technical sessions
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Copy of one published journal article in the area of lipid chemistry and nutrition
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the analytical, health and nutrition, or lipid oxidation and quality interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Hualu ZhouHualu Zhou, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

The Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $300 honorarium
  • Complimentary Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Lipid Processing and Biotechnology Award recognizes outstanding performance and achievement of graduate students conducting research in lipid processing and biotechnology. Sponsored by the Myande Group Co., Inc.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Up to a $550 travel allowance
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scholastically outstanding graduate students from universities or research institutions
    • whose research is related to the interest area of biotechnology, phospholipids, or processing
    • who have never received the Lipid Processing and Biotechnology Award
    • who have submitted an abstract to present at the AOCS Annual Meeting during the Biotechnology, Phospholipids, or Processing Division technical sessions
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Copy of one published journal article in the area of lipid biotechnology and processing
  • Abstract for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the biotechnology, phospholipid, or processing interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Yungbing Tan Yunbing Tan, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA


The Manuchehr Eijadi Award is awarded to graduate students engaged in research pursuant to an advanced degree. This award is sponsored by Manny Eijadi, a distinguished and active member of AOCS.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Candidates are chosen from the current year's pool of Honored Students
  • Special consideration is given to candidates who are doing graduate-level research focused on Chemical Engineering
How to apply?

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

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

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



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

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Candidates are chosen from the current year's pool of Honored Students
  • Special consideration is given to candidates of Armenian descent
How to apply?

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

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Marnie NewellMarnie Newell, University of Alberta, Canada



The Phospholipid Division Student Award recognizes graduate students presenting an outstanding oral or poster presentation within the Phospholipid technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $750 honorarium
  • Complimentary Phospholipid Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students presenting within the Phospholipid Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting who have never received the Phospholipid Division Student Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Extended abstract (up to three pages) submitted for the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the phospholipid interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Mitchell CullerMitchell Culler, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

The Processing Division Student Award recognizes graduate students presenting an outstanding oral or poster presentation within the Processing technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $500 honorarium
  • Complimentary Processing Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students presenting within the Processing Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting who have never received the Processing Division Student Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Extended abstract (up to three pages) submitted for the AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submission
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the processing interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Processing Division Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Processing Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $300 honorarium for 1st place winner, US $200 honorarium for 2nd place winner and US $100 for 3rd place winner
  • Complimentary Processing Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Protein and Co-Products Division Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Protein and Co-Products Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $300 honorarium for 1st place, US $200 honorarium for 2nd place and US $100 honorarium for 3rd place
  • Complimentary Protein and Co-Products Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Ralph H. Potts Memorial Fellowship recognizes graduate students conducting research related to fatty acids and their derivatives, such as long-chain alcohols, amines and other nitrogen compounds. Sponsored by Nouryon.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $2,000 honorarium
  • Up to a $500 travel allowance
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students attending a North American University (i.e. USA, Canada, Mexico):
    • whose research involves fatty acids, their derivatives, or surfactants, especially surfactants derived from fats and oils. Research categories include synthesis, processing, utilization, or characterization
    • who have never received the Ralph H. Potts Memorial Fellowship
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Parichat Phaodee Parichat Phaodee, University of Oklahoma, USA



The Surfactants and Detergents Division Student Award recognizes graduate students presenting an outstanding oral or poster presentation within the Surfactants and Detergents technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • Up to a US $500 travel allowance
  • Complimentary Surfactants and Detergents Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students presenting within the Surfactants and Detergents Division technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting who have never received the Surfactants and Detergents Division Student Award
How to apply?

Instructions on how to submit application materials are coming soon. The following application materials must be submitted by October 1.

  • Letter of support from the major advisor
  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx) prepared by the major advisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Application completed by the student (coming soon)
  • Copy of current college transcript showing courses and grades
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the surfactants and detergents interest area

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipient

Jinning LiuJinning Liu, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA



The Surfactants and Detergents Division Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Analytical Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium
  • Complimentary Surfactants and Detergents Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible.

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship is awarded to graduate students doing research in fats, oils, proteins, surfactants and related materials. The purpose of this graduate fellowship is to encourage, recognize and support outstanding research in a field of study consistent with the areas of interest to AOCS.

This award was established in memory of Dr. Smouse’s dedication and enthusiasm for lipid chemistry and his commitment to family, education, and AOCS. Dr. Smouse was a long-time member and very active volunteer in AOCS, including serving as President of AOCS in 1983. As well as a noted industrial researcher into the flavor chemistry of fats and oils. Archer Daniels Midland Foundation, AOCS Foundation, AOCS, and the family and friends of Dr. Smouse established and assisted in this fellowship’s funding.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Custom inscribed bookends with the recipient’s name and award details
  • US $10,000 honorarium
  • Up to a US $5,000 research and travel allowance
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students who are AOCS members that:
    • are conducting research at an educational institution that is conducting fundamental investigations in the chemistry of fats, oils, proteins, surfactants and related materials, with an above average interest in and aptitude for research
    • have never received the Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship
  • Note: the graduate student’s major professor supervising the research must also be a current AOCS member
  • Please refer to the Award Guidelines (.pdf) for the detailed eligibility guidelines
How to nominate?

The professor should review the application for completeness, and then send the following application materials as a single mailing to the AOCS main office by February 1.

  • Letter of nomination from the major professor supervising the research
  • Major professor statement confirming good standing at the university (complete within the application)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from deans, department heads and/or professors who have supervised the student’s most recent academic work. These letters should present essential facts regarding: 1) scholastic record, 2) character and personality, 3) interest and capability in research, 4) ability to cooperate with others, 5) capacity for work, and 6) extracurricular activities
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges or university work completed to date
  • Application (.doc) completed by the student

View the list of past winners.

2020 Recipients

Deena B. SnokeDeena B. Snoke, The Ohio State University, USA

The European Section Travel Grant assists current or past Ph.D. students in presenting their work at the AOCS Annual Meeting, as well as encourages them to become active in the Section and the Society. The maximum number of individual grants given per year is limited to two.

What does the recipient(s) receive?
  • Certificate
  • Individual grants limited to no more than €750
  • Opportunity to present in the technical program during the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Current or past Ph.D. students, or within three years of having received the Ph.D. (1st Post Doc), in lipid science at a European university
How to apply?

Send the following application materials as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by December 18.

  • One-page report detailing the current area of research
  • Title and summary of presentation
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes grant procurement, students supervised and published papers
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
2020 Recipients

Thais Lomonaco Teodoro da Silva, University of Liege, Belgium
Jeanne Kergomard, Institut de Physique de Rennes (IPR), France

The Industrial Oil Products Division Junior Researcher Travel Grant assists junior-level researchers in presenting their work at the AOCS Annual Meeting, as well as encourages them to become active in the Industrial Oil Products Division and the Society. The maximum number of individual grants given per year is limited to two.

What does the recipient(s) receive?
  • Certificate
  • Individual grants limited to no more than US $750
  • Complimentary Industrial Oil Products Division meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present in the Industrial Oil Products technical program during the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Junior researchers (less than five years of employment) at any institution of higher learning or research laboratory who have not previously received the Industrial Oil Products Division Junior Researcher Travel Grant
  • Preference given to junior researchers who demonstrate an interest in becoming active in the Industrial Oil Products Division
  • Full professors are not eligible
How to apply?

Send the following application materials as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by December 18.

  • Application statement (300–1,000-words) describing the significance of the applicant’s accomplishments in research and demonstrates how research interests are consistent with activities of the Industrial Oil Products Division
  • Two-page Curriculum Vitae which includes grant procurement, students supervised and published papers
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the Industrial Oil Products interest area
2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Junior Researcher Travel Grant assists junior-level researchers in presenting their work at the AOCS Annual Meeting, as well as encourages them to become active in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division and the Society. The maximum number of individual grants given per year is limited to three.

What does the recipient(s) receive?
  • Certificate
  • Individual grants limited to no more than US $1,000
  • Complimentary Lipid Oxidation and Quality meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality technical program during the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Junior researchers (less than seven years of employment) at any institution of higher learning or research laboratory who have not previously received the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Junior Researcher Travel Grant
  • Preference given to junior researchers who demonstrate an interest in becoming active in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division
  • Full professors are not eligible
How to apply?

Send the following application materials as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by December 18.

  • Application statement (300–1,000-words) describing the significance of the applicant’s accomplishments in research and demonstrates how research interests are consistent with activities of the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division
  • Two-page Curriculum Vitae which includes grant procurement, students supervised and published papers
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality interest area
2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Student Travel Grant assists graduate students in presenting their work at the AOCS Annual Meeting, as well as encourages them to become active in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division and the Society. The maximum number of individual grants given per year is limited to four.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • Individual grants limited to no more than US $1,000
  • Complimentary Lipid Oxidation and Quality meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality technical program during the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students who have:
    • not already received their graduate degree, or begun their career employment prior to May of the presentation year who have:
    • never received the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Student Travel Grant
  • Professors are limited to nominating one student per year for this grant
How to apply?

Send the following application materials as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by December 18.

  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx)
  • Application statement (300–500-words) describing the significance of the applicant’s accomplishments and progress in research, as well as clearly demonstrates how the applicant’s research interests are consistent with scope and activities of the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division
  • Two-page Curriculum Vitae which includes finished courses, GPA, published papers, etc.
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the lipid oxidation and quality interest area
2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

The Protein and Co-Products Division Student Poster Travel Grant assists student poster presenters in presenting their work at the AOCS Annual Meeting, as well as encourages them to become active in the Protein and Co-Products Division and the Society. The maximum number of individual grants given per year is limited to five.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting student registration
  • Complimentary Protein and Co-Products Division meal ticket
Who is eligible?
  • Student poster submitters that have been selected for Protein and Co-Products Division Poster Session
How to apply?

Send the following application materials as PDF files to awards@aocs.org by December 18.

  • Abstract and abstract number submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
  • Graduate program name and year within the program
2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.