Awards

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

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

AOCS Awards Presentation Series

New this year, AOCS honored select award winners by providing them a platform to share their research with the scientific community. Ten AOCS Award winners presented on an open-access livestream leading up to the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. Visit the AOCS Awards Presentation Series page to watch recordings of these engaging presentations.

How to Nominate a Colleague for an Award

  1. Read the full award descriptions and eligibility requirements. (Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged, excluding the Alton E. Bailey Award.)
  2. Complete the Professional Awards Nomination Form or the Student Awards Application Form, and then submit the form and supporting materials as PDF or Word Document files to awards@aocs.org. There is no application form for Travel Grants – please continue to submit application materials to awards@aocs.org.
  3. Email Victoria Santo at awards@aocs.org if you have any questions.

Current and Past AOCS Award Winners

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

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients

Robert A. MoreauRobert A. Moreau had a distinguished research career at the Eastern Regional Research Center, USDA, ARS, in Wyndmoor, PA including service as a U.S. Delegate to the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Fats and Oils. His research focused on processes to obtain and analyze edible oil and health-promoting lipids from corn and other grains used to make fuel ethanol. He received the AOCS Fellow Award in 2009 and was also recognized with the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton (2006) and Alton E. Bailey Awards (2015). His extensive contributions to the AOCS community include serving as a member of the AOCS Governing Board for 13 years, an associate editor for Lipids for 20 years, and as a contributing editor for INFORM magazine for more than a decade. Read more about Robert Moreau.

Vijai K. S. ShuklaVijai K. S. Shukla is CEO and Founder of International Food Science Centre A/S, Denmark and has been active in food science research since 1969. His research interests have ranged from mechanisms of lipid autoxidation to innovations in analytical methodology. He has made a significant impact revealing the involvement of essential fatty acids in health and diseases and has authored nearly 100 scientific papers and 15 book chapters. He has received numerous scientific awards including the AOCS Stephen S. Chang Award in 2002 and AOCS Fellow Award in 2005. He has been part of the AOCS community since 1985 and has made significant contributions, particularly in methods development. Dr. Shukla’s leadership of the NMR and Mycotoxin Subcommittees of the Uniform Methods Committee has ensured that our methods remain current and appropriate for international trade. He has also served on the INFORM magazine Editorial Advisory Committee and as associate editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society for more than 20 years. Read more about Vijai K. S. Shukla.

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

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

David Julian McClementsDavid Julian McClements is a distinguished professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, an adjunct professor at Zhejiang Gongshang University and a visiting professor at the School of Public Health at Harvard University. Current work in the McClements lab is focused on encapsulation strategies for the delivery of bioactive components and the use nanotechnology and structural design principles to improve the health and sustainability of processed foods. They are also working to develop next-generation plant-based foods, such as plant-based milk, meat and fish. Dr. McClements has published 5 books and over 1,100 articles in scientific journals as well as numerous book chapters. He is currently the most highly cited author in food science and agriculture. His work has been recognized by numerous awards including the AOCS Stephen S. Chang Award in 2010 and the Supelco AOCS Research Award in 2016. Read more about David Julian McClements.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishment or service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Fereidoon ShahidiFereidoon Shahidi is a research professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests are in nutraceuticals and functional foods with particular attention to lipids, proteins, polyphenols, natural antioxidants and oxidation control. He has authored over 1,000 research papers and book chapters, 78 books, and 10 patents, and has received numerous awards including the AOCS Stephen S. Chang Award, Alton E. Bailey Award and the Supelco AOCS Research Award. He is currently the chair of the Scientific Council of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food Bioactives and the journal of Food Production, Processing and Nutrition. Dr. Shahidi is the principal founder of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF). He been part of the AOCS community since 1992 and has served in numerous committees including the INFORM magazine editorial advisory committee, and has brought a level of excellence to AOCS programming with leadership roles in both the Protein and Co-Products and the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Divisions. Read more about Fereidoon Shahidi.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishment or service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients

Douglas HayesDouglas Hayes is a professor of biosystems engineering at the University of Tennessee, a UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Faculty member, and a Guest Professor at Wuhan Polytechnic University and Jinan University, China. His research interests encompass surfactant self-assembly systems, particularly microemulsions, soft matter, and biobased chemicals and materials. He has coauthored 90 journal articles, 23 book chapters and three books. Dr. Hayes has been a member of AOCS since 1991 and has made a significant impact in AOCS journals and books. He served as a senior associate editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society and is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the AOCS Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. He has held leadership roles in the Professional Educator Common Interest Group and served as secretary/treasurer, vice chair, and chair of the Biotechnology Division. He initiated the development of the biobased surfactants session that has been offered at the AOCS Annual Meeting every year since 2007. Dr. Hayes is currently serving a second term as Member-at-Large of the AOCS Governing Board, and also serves on the AOCS Books and Special Publications Committee. Read more about Doug Hayes.

Silvana MartiniSilvana Martini is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences at Utah State University. Her research focuses on the physicochemical and sensorial characterization of food materials, particularly lipids. She studies how the quality of food materials is affected by their nano-, micro-, and macroscopic structure. Dr. Martini has published more than 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 11 book chapters. Her work has been recognized by awards including the AOCS Timothy L. Mounts Award in 2019 and the American Chemical Society’s Young Scientist Award—Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division in 2014. Dr. Martini has been part of the AOCS community since 1999. She has taken leadership roles in the Professional Educator Common Interest Group, and chaired groundbreaking sessions at annual meetings and the Latin American Conferences. She has also made a significant impact as a senior associate editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society and as a member of the AOCS Governing Board. Read more about Silvana Martini.

Jun OgawaJun Ogawa is a professor at the Division of Applied Life Sciences, graduate school of agriculture at Kyoto University. His research interests include screening and developing novel microbial functions for applications in life sciences, food sciences, environmental sciences, and green chemistry. His work has a specific focus on fermentation physiology relating to functional lipid production. Dr. Ogawa has published over 250 papers on applied microbiology and his work has been recognized by awards including the Oleoscience Award by the Japan Oil Chemists' Society in 2015 and the AOCS Biotechnology Division Ching Hou Biotechnology Award in 2020. He has served as a Director of the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry. Dr. Ogawa has been a member of AOCS since 1998 and has participated in the Biotechnology Division sessions at almost every annual meeting since then. He has organized Biotechnology Division sessions and served as a Division officer and chair. He played a pivotal role in the 2018 JOCS-AOCS Joint Symposium and has been instrumental in supporting the participation of young researchers at the AOCS Annual Meeting. Read more about Jun Ogawa.

Karen SchaichKaren Schaich is a professor in the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University. Her research is focused on lipid oxidation, protein oxidation and antioxidants in foods. She has published more than 90 papers and book chapters. Her work on alternate pathways of lipid oxidation has been recognized with the Institute of Food Technologist’s Stephen S. Chang Award. Dr. Schaich is also recognized as an educator who inspires her many undergraduate and graduate students. Her classes are noted for encouraging students to think and learn rather than memorize and she has earned local, regional, and national awards for teaching. She has been a member of the AOCS community since 1980 and is a past chair of the Northeast AOCS Section. She has served as associate editor for the AOCS Lipid Library Committee and is currently program and vice chair for the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division. She has organized symposia at AOCS annual meetings dating back to 1987 – frequently presenting and presiding in sessions with standing room only. Read more about Karen Schaich.

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

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

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

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

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Hongbing FanHongbing Fan, University of Alberta, Canada

Read more about Hongbing Fan.

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

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

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

How do I nominate someone?

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients

Mark D. Lingwood, Benjamin J. Schepergerdes, Deja‐Monae T. Hermosillo, Jalissa N. Delgado and Kaya P. Sanders, for the paper Probe Molecules for Pulsed‐Field‐Gradient Diffusion Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Experiments on Micelles(JSD 23(2):319-325). Read the paper.

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

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

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

How do I nominate someone?

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients

Chemistry/Nutrition Category
Juxing Chen, Karen Wedekind, Jeffery Escobar and Mercedes Vazquez‐Añón, for the paper “Trypsin Inhibitor and Urease Activity of Soybean Meal Products from Different Countries and Impact of Trypsin Inhibitor on Ileal Amino Acid Digestibility in Pig” (JAOCS 97(10):1151-1163). Read the paper.

Engineering/Technology Category
Mahdieh Parsaeian, Mojtaba Shahabi and Hamid Hassanpour, for the paper Estimating Oil and Protein Content of Sesame Seeds Using Image Processing and Artificial Neural Network (JAOCS 97(7):691-702). Read the paper.

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

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

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

How do I nominate someone?

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients

Amélie Desmarais, Jean‐Louis Sébédio, Khaled Belkacemi, Joseph Arul and Paul Angers, for the paper Formation Kinetics of Monomeric Cyclic Fatty Acid Methyl Esters of Alpha-Linolenic Acid: Effects of Mono cis/trans Isomers (JAOCS 97(6):615-624). Read the paper.

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

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

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

How do I nominate someone?

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients

Zubao Gan, Melissa P. Lokugamage, Marine Z. C. Hatit, David Loughrey, Kalina Paunovska, Manaka Sato, Ana Cristian and James E. Dahlman, for the paper “Nanoparticles Containing Constrained Phospholipids Deliver mRNA to Liver Immune Cells in Vivo without Targeting Ligands” (Bioeng Transl Med. 2020;5:e10161). Read the paper.

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

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients

Robert A. MoreauRobert A. Moreau had a distinguished research career at the Eastern Regional Research Center, USDA, ARS, in Wyndmoor, PA including service as a U.S. Delegate to the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Fats and Oils. His research focused on processes to obtain and analyze edible oil and health-promoting lipids from corn and other grains used to make fuel ethanol. He received the AOCS Fellow Award in 2009 and was also recognized with the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton (2006) and Alton E. Bailey Awards (2015). His extensive contributions to the AOCS community include serving as a member of the AOCS Governing Board for 13 years, an associate editor for Lipids for 20 years, and as a contributing editor for INFORM magazine for more than a decade. Read more about Robert Moreau.

Vijai K. S. ShuklaVijai K. S. Shukla is CEO and Founder of International Food Science Centre A/S, Denmark and has been active in food science research since 1969. His research interests have ranged from mechanisms of lipid autoxidation to innovations in analytical methodology. He has made a significant impact revealing the involvement of essential fatty acids in health and diseases and has authored nearly 100 scientific papers and 15 book chapters. He has received numerous scientific awards including the AOCS Stephen S. Chang Award in 2002 and AOCS Fellow Award in 2005. He has been part of the AOCS community since 1985 and has made significant contributions, particularly in methods development. Dr. Shukla’s leadership of the NMR and Mycotoxin Subcommittees of the Uniform Methods Committee has ensured that our methods remain current and appropriate for international trade. He has also served on the INFORM magazine Editorial Advisory Committee and as associate editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society for more than 20 years. Read more about Vijai K. S. Shukla.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF files to Matt Miller by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Karine De Oliveira VigierKarine De Oliveira Vigier, IC2MP-Université de Poitiers, France

Read more about Karine De Oliveira Vigier.

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

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

David Julian McClementsDavid Julian McClements is a distinguished professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, an adjunct professor at Zhejiang Gongshang University and a visiting professor at the School of Public Health at Harvard University. Current work in the McClements lab is focused on encapsulation strategies for the delivery of bioactive components and the use nanotechnology and structural design principles to improve the health and sustainability of processed foods. They are also working to develop next-generation plant-based foods, such as plant-based milk, meat and fish. Dr. McClements has published 5 books and over 1,100 articles in scientific journals as well as numerous book chapters. He is currently the most highly cited author in food science and agriculture. His work has been recognized by numerous awards including the AOCS Stephen S. Chang Award in 2010 and the Supelco AOCS Research Award in 2016. Read more about David Julian McClements.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishment or service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Fereidoon Shahidi Fereidoon Shahidi is a research professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests are in nutraceuticals and functional foods with particular attention to lipids, proteins, polyphenols, natural antioxidants and oxidation control. He has authored over 1,000 research papers and book chapters, 78 books, and 10 patents, and has received numerous awards including the AOCS Stephen S. Chang Award, Alton E. Bailey Award and the Supelco AOCS Research Award. He is currently the chair of the Scientific Council of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food Bioactives and the journal of Food Production, Processing and Nutrition. Dr. Shahidi is the principal founder of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF). He been part of the AOCS community since 1992 and has served in numerous committees including the INFORM magazine editorial advisory committee, and has brought a level of excellence to AOCS programming with leadership roles in both the Protein and Co-Products and the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Divisions. Read more about Fereidoon Shahidi.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's contributions and service to the Society
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishment or service to the Society
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients

Douglas HayesDouglas Hayes is a professor of biosystems engineering at the University of Tennessee, a UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Faculty member, and a Guest Professor at Wuhan Polytechnic University and Jinan University, China. His research interests encompass surfactant self-assembly systems, particularly microemulsions, soft matter, and biobased chemicals and materials. He has coauthored 90 journal articles, 23 book chapters and three books. Dr. Hayes has been a member of AOCS since 1991 and has made a significant impact in AOCS journals and books. He served as a senior associate editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society and is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the AOCS Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. He has held leadership roles in the Professional Educator Common Interest Group and served as secretary/treasurer, vice chair, and chair of the Biotechnology Division. He initiated the development of the biobased surfactants session that has been offered at the AOCS Annual Meeting every year since 2007. Dr. Hayes is currently serving a second term as Member-at-Large of the AOCS Governing Board, and also serves on the AOCS Books and Special Publications Committee. Read more about Doug Hayes.

Silvana MartiniSilvana Martini is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences at Utah State University. Her research focuses on the physicochemical and sensorial characterization of food materials, particularly lipids. She studies how the quality of food materials is affected by their nano-, micro-, and macroscopic structure. Dr. Martini has published more than 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 11 book chapters. Her work has been recognized by awards including the AOCS Timothy L. Mounts Award in 2019 and the American Chemical Society’s Young Scientist Award—Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division in 2014. Dr. Martini has been part of the AOCS community since 1999. She has taken leadership roles in the Professional Educator Common Interest Group, and chaired groundbreaking sessions at annual meetings and the Latin American Conferences. She has also made a significant impact as a senior associate editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society and as a member of the AOCS Governing Board. Read more about Silvana Martini.

Jun OgawaJun Ogawa is a professor at the Division of Applied Life Sciences, graduate school of agriculture at Kyoto University. His research interests include screening and developing novel microbial functions for applications in life sciences, food sciences, environmental sciences, and green chemistry. His work has a specific focus on fermentation physiology relating to functional lipid production. Dr. Ogawa has published over 250 papers on applied microbiology and his work has been recognized by awards including the Oleoscience Award by the Japan Oil Chemists' Society in 2015 and the AOCS Biotechnology Division Ching Hou Biotechnology Award in 2020. He has served as a Director of the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry. Dr. Ogawa has been a member of AOCS since 1998 and has participated in the Biotechnology Division sessions at almost every annual meeting since then. He has organized Biotechnology Division sessions and served as a Division officer and chair. He played a pivotal role in the 2018 JOCS-AOCS Joint Symposium and has been instrumental in supporting the participation of young researchers at the AOCS Annual Meeting. Read more about Jun Ogawa.

Karen SchaichKaren Schaich is a professor in the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University. Her research is focused on lipid oxidation, protein oxidation and antioxidants in foods. She has published more than 90 papers and book chapters. Her work on alternate pathways of lipid oxidation has been recognized with the Institute of Food Technologist’s Stephen S. Chang Award. Dr. Schaich is also recognized as an educator who inspires her many undergraduate and graduate students. Her classes are noted for encouraging students to think and learn rather than memorize and she has earned local, regional, and national awards for teaching. She has been a member of the AOCS community since 1980 and is a past chair of the Northeast AOCS Section. She has served as associate editor for the AOCS Lipid Library Committee and is currently program and vice chair for the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division. She has organized symposia at AOCS annual meetings dating back to 1987 – frequently presenting and presiding in sessions with standing room only. Read more about Karen Schaich.

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

What does the recipient receive?
  • Plaque
  • US $1,000 honorarium
  • Up to a US $1,500 travel allowance
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists who:
    • are younger than 36 years old, or have received their highest degree within the previous ten years, as of June 1st of the year of presentation
    • have made significant contribution in basic or applied research and that knowledge must either have a significant effect on advances in the discipline or hold substantial promise for its effect in the near future
  • AOCS membership is not required, but preference is given to members and volunteers
How to nominate?

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Anne-Laure FameauAnne-Laure Fameau is a researcher working at L'Oréal in France. Her research interests are in responsive soft materials made from lipids and green surfactants with a particular emphasis on foams and interfaces. After synthesizing these materials, she develops detailed structural characterizations of them using x-ray and neutron scattering techniques. She has identified the presence of capillary forces at the nanoscale that reveal a fundamental assembly mechanism and highlight potential applications for soft materials in consumer products. She has published 38 peer-reviewed papers and reviews and three book chapters. She received the European Young Lipid Scientist Award 2018 and was a plenary speaker at the International Conference on Small Angle Scattering in Berlin, Germany in 2015. Dr. Fameau also enjoys transmitting her passion for science to young students. She visited many schools and gave scientific talks to students to promote science in France, and especially to promote science for girls. Read more about Anne-Laure Fameau.

Watch a video honoring Anne-Laure Fameau's achievements.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Suk Hoo Yoon Suk Hoo Yoon, Samyang Corporation, Korea

Read more about Suk Hoo Yoon.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

George John George John, The City College of New York – CUNY, USA

Read more about George John.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Marc PignitterMarc Pignitter, University of Vienna, Austria

Read more about Marc Pignitter.

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

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

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

Read more about J. Thomas Brenna.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

To honor the memory of George J. Schroepfer, Jr., a leader in the sterol and lipid field for more than 40 years, the Schroepfer Medal was established. The award aims to foster Schroepfer's ideals of personal integrity, high scientific standards, perseverance and a strong spirit of survival, tempered by charm and wit. Initiated by colleagues of George Schroepfer, this award is presented every other year.

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's significant accomplishments in the steroid field
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes a full list of publications and patents

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

William J. GriffithsWilliam J. Griffiths is the chair of mass spectrometry at Swansea University in the UK. His research combines chemical derivatization with liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry for the structural characterization of sterols, including characterization of oxysterols, bile acids and hormonal steroids at ultrahigh sensitivity from biological samples. At Swansea, Dr. Griffiths works with long term collaborator Dr. Yuqin Wang. Their group is revealing the involvement of oxysterols in human biology, particularly in relation to inborn errors of metabolism, neurodegenerative disease and the immune system. His recent work has traversed earlier analytical boundaries and can quantitatively localize oxysterols in tissue using mass spectrometry imaging. Dr. Griffiths has more than 250 publications with more than 7,000 citations. He has edited two books and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Lipid Research. Read more about William J. Griffiths.

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

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

What does the recipient receive?
  • Jade horse sculpture
  • US $1,500 honorarium
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Scientists, technicians, or engineers within the lipids industry who have:
    • made significant and distinguished accomplishments in basic research that have been utilized by industries for the development or improvement of products related to lipids
    • not received the Alton E. Bailey or the Supelco AOCS Research Award in the past three years
How to nominate?

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Charlotte M. Jacobsen

Charlotte M. Jacobsen is a professor in the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark where she leads the bioactives analysis and applications group. Her research is focused on lipid oxidation and non-enzymatic browning reactions in marine phospholipids, and on oxidative stability of foods enriched with functional lipids including omega-3 enriched foods. Her group is also exploring the potential for micro- and macroalgae in production of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, pigments and antioxidants. She has published in more than 225 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Her work has been recognized by awards including the Danish Danisco prize in 2003, the French La Médaille Chevreul in 2010 and the German DGF Normann Medaille in 2020. Dr. Jacobsen has been an AOCS member since 2000 has held leadership roles in the European Section and the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division. She has chaired sessions at AOCS annual meetings that were noted for their quality and relevance to academic, government and industrial attendees. She has also served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society. Read more about Charlotte Jacobsen.

Watch Charlotte's lecture presented during the 2021 AOCS Awards Presentation Series.

The Supelco AOCS Research Award recognizes outstanding, original research in fats, oils, lipid chemistry or biochemistry. Sponsored by MilliporeSigma.

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Eric A. Decker

Eric A. Decker is a professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Decker is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in the lipid chemistry of foods. His group performs fundamental research in lipid oxidation mechanisms to develop practical antioxidant technologies, including clean label antioxidants, synergistic antioxidant combinations, and antioxidant mechanisms in low moisture foods. Dr. Decker has over 430 publications and he has been listed as one of the most highly cited scientists in agriculture since 2005. His research and innovation have been recognized by numerous awards including the AOCS Stephan S. Chang Award in 2008 and the AOCS Fellow Award in 2016. Dr. Decker has been an active member of AOCS community since 2001. He served as AOCS President from 2019 to 2020 and is currently chair of the AOCS Foundation. He has also served on committees for institutions such as the FDA, National Academy of Science, Institute of Food Technologist, USDA and the American Heart Association. Read more about Eric A. Decker.

Watch a video recognizing Eric's contributions.

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

  • Completed Professional Awards Nomination Form (.docx)
  • Letter of nomination describing the candidate's research and service in the fields of fats, oils and related materials
  • At least three letters of support from individuals familiar with the candidate's accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

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

Send the following nomination materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by August 15.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Hefei Zhao Hefei Zhao, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Read more about Hefei Zhao.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Juhee Lee Juhee Lee, Utah State University, USA

Read more about Juhee Lee.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Yanting (Tina) Shen Yanting (Tina) Shen, Kansas State University, USA

Read more about Tina Shen.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Dhruvesh B. Patel Dhruvesh B. Patel, University of Alberta, Canada

Read more about Dhruvesh Patel.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients
Guanghui Li Guanghui Li, Jinan University, China

Read more about Guanghui Li.

Jorge L. Muriel Mundo Jorge L. Muriel Mundo, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Reed NicholsonReed Nicholson, University of Guelph, Canada

Read more about Reed Nicholson.

Yunbing TanYunbing Tan, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

Read more about Yunbing Tan.

Hualu ZhouHualu Zhou, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

Read more about Hualu Zhou.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Zoriana Demchuk Zoriana Demchuk, North Dakota State University, USA

Read more about Zoriana Demchuk.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Bingjing ZhengBingjing Zheng, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

Read more about Bingjing Zheng.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Reed Nicholson Reed Nicholson, University of Guelph, Canada

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

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

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Hualu Zhou Hualu Zhou, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Francisco Leyva Gutierrez Francisco Leyva Gutierrez, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Read more about Francisco Leyva Gutierrez.

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

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

Send the following application materials as PDF or Word document files to awards@aocs.org by October 1.

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

View the list of past winners.

2021 Recipients

Hongbing FanHongbing Fan, University of Alberta, Canada

Read more about Hongbing Fan.

The Analytical Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Analytical Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Winners will be identified at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting held on May 3–14, 2021.

The Biotechnology Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Biotechnology Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Winners will be identified at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting held on May 3–14, 2021.

The Edible Applications Technology Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Edible Applications Technology Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Winners will be identified at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting held on May 3–14, 2021.

The Health and Nutrition Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Health and Nutrition Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Winners will be identified at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting held on May 3–14, 2021.

The Industrial Oil Products Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Industrial Oil Products Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

The Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Winners will be identified at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting held on May 3–14, 2021.

The Phospholipid Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Phospholipid Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

The Processing Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Processing Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Winners will be identified at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting held on May 3–14, 2021.

The Protein and Co-Products Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Protein and Co-Products Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does each recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Winners will be identified at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting held on May 3–14, 2021.

The Surfactants and Detergents Division Student E-Poster Competition recognizes high-quality student posters submitted and presented in the Surfactants and Detergents Poster Session at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders. Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation.

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • US $200 honorarium for 1st place winner and US $100 honorarium for 2nd place winner
  • Complimentary AOCS student membership for the 1st place winner
Who is eligible?

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

How to apply?

No application required. Submit a poster abstract through the AOCS Annual Meeting submission site to be eligible. The Division will choose five student poster presenters to give 5-minute oral presentations during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. These finalists will be announced in April.

2021 Recipient

Winners will be identified at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting held on May 3–14, 2021.

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

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

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

  • One-page report detailing the current area of research
  • Title and summary of presentation
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes grant procurement, students supervised and published papers
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
2021 Recipients

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

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

  • Application statement (300–1,000-words) describing the significance of the applicant’s accomplishments in research and demonstrates how research interests are consistent with activities of the Industrial Oil Products Division
  • Two-page Curriculum Vitae which includes grant procurement, students supervised and published papers
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the Industrial Oil Products interest area
2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

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

  • Application statement (300–1,000-words) describing the significance of the applicant’s accomplishments in research and demonstrates how research interests are consistent with activities of the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division
  • Two-page Curriculum Vitae which includes grant procurement, students supervised and published papers
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality interest area
2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

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

  • Major Advisor Ranking Form (.docx)
  • Application statement (300–500-words) describing the significance of the applicant’s accomplishments and progress in research, as well as clearly demonstrates how the applicant’s research interests are consistent with scope and activities of the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division
  • Two-page Curriculum Vitae which includes finished courses, GPA, published papers, etc.
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the lipid oxidation and quality interest area
2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.

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

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

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

  • Abstract and abstract number submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
  • Graduate program name and year within the program
2021 Recipient

Not awarded in 2021.