Awards

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

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

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

Nominations

Each award has unique nomination and deadline requirements.

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

Nomination materials should be submitted by August 1.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

Nomination materials should be sent as PDF files to Matt Miller, matt.miller@cawthron.org.nz, by September 1.

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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)."

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipients

Not awarded in 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Zilliang Song Ziliang Song, University of Saskatchewan, Canada



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

Nomination materials should be submitted by August 1.

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 an impact on its industry segment. This award is presented every second year.

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient

 Not awarded in 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

Nomination materials should be submitted by August 1.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Nomination materials should include a letter of nomination, at least 3 letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments and professional biographical data that include the candidate's date of birth, degrees held and their granting institutions, a summary of research accomplishments, a list of publications, and positions held during the candidate's professional career.

Nomination materials should be submitted by August 1.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient
Jun Ogawa Jun Ogawa, Kyoto University, Japan

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Maria Scharfe Maria Scharfe, Technical University Berlin, Germany

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

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

Eligibility

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

2020 Recipients

Winners will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations:

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

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

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

Eligibility:

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

Nominations:

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Hongbing Fan Hongbing Fan, University of Alberta, Canada



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipients

Winners will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by: AOCS Foundation

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

Marnie Newell Marnie Newell, University of Alberta, Canada

Lirong Xu Lirong Xu, Jiangnan University, China

Bingjing ZhengBingjing Zheng, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA




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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Hualu ZhouHualu Zhou, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Yungbing TanYunbing Tan, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Marnie NewellMarnie Newell, University of Alberta, Canada



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Mitchell CullerMitchell Culler, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations:

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

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2020 Recipient
Winners will be posted by March 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2020 Recipient
Winners will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient

Keshun LiuKeshun Liu, US Department of Agriculture, USA

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

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

Travel Grant

The Division offers up to five travel grants for students participating in this PCP poster competition. Students selected for the travel grant will receive a full student registration waiver to the AOCS Annual Meeting, and a ticket to the Division's social event. To apply for the grant, send the abstract and abstract number submitted to the AOCS Annual Meeting, your graduate program, and your year within the program, to Division Chair Buddhi Lamsal for consideration by February 1.

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2020 Recipients

Winners will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Parichat Phaodee Parichat Phaodee, University of Oklahoma, USA



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations 

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

Nomination materials should be submitted by August 1.

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. The award is sponsored by MilliporeSigma, a subsidiary of Sigma-Aldrich Corp.

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

Nomination materials should be submitted by August 1.

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. The award consists of a plaque.

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Jinning LiuJinning Liu, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2020 Recipients

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

2020 Recipient

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Zilliang Song Ziliang Song, University of Saskatchewan, Canada



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Maria Scharfe Maria Scharfe, Technical University Berlin, Germany

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2020 Recipients

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

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





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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Hongbing Fan Hongbing Fan, University of Alberta, CanadaA



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipients

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

Sponsored by: AOCS Foundation
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 is awarded to students pursuing a graduate degree in the field of Industrial Oil Products.

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Not awarded in 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Hualu ZhouHualu Zhou, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

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


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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

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



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Marnie NewellMarnie Newell, University of Alberta, Canada



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

Mitchell Culler, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2020 Recipient
Winners will be posted by March 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Please submit an abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website.

2020 Recipient
Winners will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Travel Grant

The Division offers up to five travel grants for students participating in this PCP poster competition. Students selected for the travel grant will receive a full student registration waiver to the AOCS Annual Meeting, and a ticket to the Division's social event. To apply for the grant, send the abstract and abstract number submitted to the AOCS Annual Meeting, your graduate program, and your year within the program, to Division Chair Buddhi Lamsal for consideration by February 1.

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2020 Recipients

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Parichat Phaodee Parichat Phaodee, University of Oklahoma, USA



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

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

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

2020 Recipient

Jinning LiuJinning Liu, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA



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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

Please submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting website

2020 Recipients

Winner will be identified at the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo held on April 26-29, 2020.

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

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

Eligibility

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

Nominations

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

2020 Recipient

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