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.

We are accepting nominations and applications for 2023 AOCS Awards!

How to Nominate a Colleague or Apply for an Award

  1. Read award descriptions and eligibility requirements using the tabs at the bottom of this page. (Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged, excluding the Alton E. Bailey Award.)
  2. Log in to the AOCS Awards Submission Portal using your AOCS credentials to submit a nomination or application. Need help logging in? Contact Karen Kesler at karen.kesler@aocs.org or +1 217-693-4813.
  3. Email awards@aocs.org if you have any questions.

2023 AOCS Award Submission Deadlines

  • Professional Awards — August 15, 2022
  • Student Awards — October 3, 2022
  • Travel Grants — December 19, 2022

Guides and Tutorials

Download the AOCS Awards Submission Portal Guide (.pdf) to learn how to access the Awards Portal and submit your nomination or application.

Watch a “Nominator Information Session” recording to see live demos and tutorials of the Awards Portal, including how to create your profile, upload materials and complete your submission.

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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials and answer two questions about the nominee by August 15.

  • 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.

2022 Recipient

Casimir Akoh

Dr. Casimir C. Akoh is a distinguished research professor at the University of Georgia. He earned a Ph.D. in food science, an M.S. in biochemistry from Washington State University, and a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Nigeria.

He served on the AOCS Governing Board as secretary, vice president, and president (2008–2009). He has also served on many committees—including the Recognition Program, Membership Steering, and INFORM Editorial Advisory committees—and as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

Dr. Akoh’s research is mainly in lipid chemistry and phytochemicals. He is an internationally recognized expert on low calorie fat substitutes and structured lipids. He edited eight books and his “Food Lipids” book, now in its Fourth Edition (2017), is used worldwide as a textbook for graduate instruction. Dr. Akoh’s research has resulted in over 850 publications and presentations, including up to 296 peer-reviewed refereed publications, 50 book chapters, eight edited books, four patents, 313 presentations, and 187 invited presentations. He has received nearly $7.5 million in grants and gifts. He is an editorial board member or associate editor of six journals.

Dr. Akoh received two top research awards from international professional societies in 2012: the Supelco AOCS Research Award, and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Nicholas Appert Award. Dr. Akoh has received seven awards or honors from IFT and six from AOCS. He recently received the University of Nigeria Alumni Achievement Award (2015), the IFT Babcock-Hart Award (2018) for food technology contributions that resulted in improved public health through nutrition or a more nutritious food, and the AOCS Alton E. Bailey Award (2019). He is a fellow of IFT, AOCS, ACS, and ISBAB.

Get to know Casimir Akoh in this award winner spotlight.

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?
  • Plaque
  • US $750 honorarium
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials and answer two questions about the nominee by August 15.

  • 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.

2022 Recipient

Keshun Liu

Dr. Keshun Liu is a research chemist with USDA, ARS. Born in rural China, he received a Ph.D. in food science from Michigan State University, and did post-doctoral work at Coca-Cola Co. and University of Georgia. Before joining USDA in 2005, he was an employee at Monsanto Co. and University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been active with AOCS by organizing meeting symposia and contributing his time and knowledge in many other volunteer and committee roles. He served the Proteins and Co-Products Division at all levels of Division leadership.

Dr. Liu is well known for his expertise in chemistry, processing, and utilization of soybeans, cereals, and legumes. His seminal research has had significant impacts on food and feed industries and scientific communities. His books on soybeans have become a must-read for researchers in the soy industry; the fibrous meat analog he and colleagues developed at University of Missouri has been commercialized by Beyond Meat. His research on fuel ethanol co-products and their recovery benefits the biofuel industry. Dr. Liu authored or co-authored 139 publications.

His improved analytical methods have been used by laboratories around the world. In January 2021, his trypsin inhibitor assay was approved as AOCS Official Method Ba 12a-2020. His low-cost method for making soy protein concentrates is being evaluated by the Soybean Innovation Lab (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) for use in fighting protein shortage in Africa.

Dr. Liu was named an AOCS Fellow in 2011. He was awarded the Award of Merit in 2010 and Protein and Co-Products Division Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

Get to know Keshun Liu in this award winner spotlight.

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?
  • Plaque
  • Recognition during the Welcome Ceremony at the AOCS Annual Meeting
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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials and answer two questions about the nominee by August 15.

  • 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.

2022 Recipients

Lianzhou Jiang

Dr. Lianzhou Jiang is a professor at Northeast Agricultural University (NEAU), China, and fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.

He led the formation and chaired the AOCS China Section in 2016. He was selected as a valid candidate for the academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) in 2019. Dr. Jiang served as the dean of the College of Food Science at the NEAU, the director of the National Research Center of Soybean Engineering and Technology from 2005–2019. He also served as the committee member of the discipline evaluation group of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and vice president of the China Soybean Industry Association.

For nearly 40 years, Dr. Jiang has been dedicated to the research of soybean processing theory and technology as well as the cultivation of talents, pioneering the theory of flexible processing of plant proteins, and promoting the creation of a distinctive modern soybean processing industry technology system. He has served on, and chaired, more than 50 scientific and technological projects, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National High-tech R&D Program of China (“863” Program), the National Science and Technology Support Program, and the National Nature Science Foundation of China. He has contributed to more than 400 peer-reviewed articles and edited 15 books. He has received more than 30 science and technology awards and obtained nearly 100 authorized invention patents. His research results have been widely promoted and applied, creating tens of billions of yuan of economic benefits and effectively promoting the scientific and technological progress of the global soybean industry.

Robert Moreau

Dr. Robert A. Moreau grew up in Massachusetts and received a B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He also received a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of California at Davis.

Dr. Moreau was a member of the AOCS Governing Board for nearly 13 years, served as chair of the Publications Steering Committee, and participated in numerous other committees. He also served as associate editor, contributing editor, and member of the Editorial Advisory Committee for INFORM magazine, and as an associate editor of Lipids.

He was instrumental in leading AOCS journals into the modern era by transitioning them to a commercial publisher. This step has helped the journals remain leading publications in their areas.

Likewise, he helped guide INFORM magazine as it transitioned from a publishing outlet for original research to a trade magazine. The magazine continues to be a timely source of information about critical issues and research news.

For 38 years, Dr. Moreau conducted research at the Eastern Regional Research Center, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. His research was mainly focused on the analysis of health-promoting lipids (phytosterols, tocopherols, tocotrienols, and carotenoids) in plant oils and other plant materials. He published more than 172 peer-reviewed scientific research publications, of which 33 appeared in either Lipids or the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

Dr. Moreau was named an AOCS Fellow in 2009. He received the Herbert J. Dutton Award in 2006, Alton E. Bailey Award in 2015, and A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award in 2021. He has been blessed with a wonderful wife, three great kids and three wonderful grandkids.

Get to know the Award of Merit winners, Lianzhou Jiang and Robert Moreau, in this spotlight.

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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials and answer two questions about the nominee by August 15.

  • 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.

2022 Recipients

Navam Hettiarachchy

Dr. Navam Hettiarachchy is a professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Arkansas. She earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Madras, India, an M.S. in biochemistry, University of Edinburgh Medical School, Scotland, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Hull, England, U.K. She is internationally recognized for her research in maximizing the use of oilseed crops, particularly soy, and rice.

Dr. Hettiarachchy served as chair of the Protein and Co-Products Division as well as moderator and chair of numerous technical sessions at the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. In her role as chair, she recruited world-class speakers. She collaborated with other AOCS Divisions to host technical sessions that attracted numerous attendees.

Dr. Hettiarachchy has published 164 journal articles and chapters, in which she provided innovative and creative approaches in fundamental protein chemistry. She pioneered work revealing the structural requirements necessary for peptides to inhibit cancer cell proliferation.

In 1999, Dr. Hettiarachchy and her co-authors received the ADM Award for Best Paper in Protein and Co-Products in the category of Chemistry/Nutrition from AOCS for their article “Hydrophobicity, Solubility, and Emulsifying Properties of Soy Protein Peptides Prepared by Papain Modification and Ultrafiltration.” She is a fellow of IFT and the International Union of Food Science and Technology. She has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (2015) and won the Spitze Land-Grant Professorial Career Excellence Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service award.

In addition to her research, she has developed and taught six outcome-based courses. Her mentorship in product development, IFT College Bowl competition, and others led to student cash awards amounting to $98,550.

Charlotte Jacobsen

Dr. Charlotte Jacobsen is a professor and leader of the Research Group for Bioactives—Analysis and Applications at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. She is internationally renowned for her research in lipid oxidation of omega-3 rich foods.

She has served on the AOCS European Section Leadership Team as president and vice president. As chair of the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division, Dr. Jacobsen fostered a collaborative and supportive culture for students, academics, and industry professionals. She also served as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society and is a member of the AOCS Journal Advisory Board.

She was appointed by European Food Safety Authority as an expert in the Fish Oil Working Group under the Biohazard Panel to evaluate the potential hazard associated with human intake of refined fish oil. Her recent research also concerns the use of side-streams from plant and marine food production as new ingredients (e.g., antioxidants) for the food industry. She has led several large national and international projects, including the on-going EU BBI JU project WaSeaBi. Most of her projects involve collaboration with industry partners, such as Royal Greenland, Kalsec, Nestlé, and Novozymes. Dr. Jacobsen has over 200 publications and 6,500 citations. She has authored 31 book chapters, co-edited four books, and has one granted patent and four pending.

Dr. Jacobsen has received several awards, including the Danish Danisco prize (2003), the French La Médaille Chevreul (2010) awarded by Association Francaise pour l’étude des Corps Gras, the German DGF Normann Medaille (2020), AOCS Stephen S. Chang award (2021), and two best paper awards from AOCS.

Janitha Wanasundara

Dr. Janitha P. D. Wanasundara is a senior research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Her research program is in protein chemistry and bioproducts focusing on oilseeds and pulses produced in Canadian prairies. She has a B.Sc. (agriculture with honors, 1986), a M.Phil (food science and technology) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in food Science (1996) from Memorial University, Canada.

As a member of the Protein and Co-Products Division, she established a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Division and streamlined its student poster competition and awards, which increased student participation. In 2019, Dr. Wanasundara helped to establish the AOCS Pulse Science and Technology Forum, serving as a steering committee member. She contributed to program development, as well as organized and chaired sessions. This forum, now called the Sustainable Protein Forum, continues to gather leaders from a wide range of food science applications. She also served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society on satisfying protein demand through plant and alternative proteins.

Dr. Wanasundara’s research furthers understanding of the relationship between a seed protein’s genetics and its structure, function, and physical properties. Her research also identifies the macromolecular function of these proteins when used in complex food systems. In the area of plant protein chemistry, her research focuses on understanding the chemistry and structure of seed storage proteins for legumes and dicot crops of Brassica to improve application in the plant protein industry.

Her scholarly contributions include 59 peer-reviewed journal articles and 25 book chapters, nearly 100 presentations, one book, and one patent.

Jill Winkler-Moser

Dr. Jill K. Winkler-Moser is a research chemist and lead scientist at the USDA, ARS, in the Functional Foods Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois. She received a B.S. and an M.S. in food science from the University of Idaho and a Ph.D. in food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She is an authority on lipid oxidation and the chemical and phytochemical characterization of plant and seed oils. Her research has facilitated the development of oils with altered tocopherol compositions for increased oxidative stability.

She has served in several leadership roles with AOCS. She was on the AOCS Governing Board from 2019 to 2021. She also served as chair, vice-chair, and secretary-treasurer for the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division. As part of Division leadership, she coordinated well-attended events that connected members across the Society. She has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, where she has served as associate editor and is currently a senior associate editor. She also served as chair of the Division Council from 2018 to 2020.

Her research has supported the development of new CODEX standards for oils, such as rice bran oil. She also developed a novel and simple method using tocopherol fingerprinting to detect adulteration of coffee by less valuable cereals. Dr. Winkler-Moser has published more than sixty peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2018, Dr. Winkler-Moser and co-authors won the AOCS Edwin N. Frankel Best Paper in Lipid Oxidation and Quality for their article “Application of Differential Pulse Voltammetry to Determine the Efficiency of Stripping Tocopherols from Commercial Fish Oil.”

Get to know the AOCS Fellows in this spotlight.

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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials by October 3:

  • 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

View the list of past winners.

2022 Recipient

Melissa Marsh

Melissa A. Marsh, Utah State University, USA

Get to know Melissa Marsh in this award winner spotlight.

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.

2022 Recipients

Nikolai Kocherginsky and Brajendra K. Sharma, for the paper “Interactions of Surfactants with Biomimetic Membranes. 1. Ionic Surfactants” (JSD 24(4):661-667). Read the paper.

Get to know Nikolai Kocherginsky in this award winner spotlight.

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.

2022 Recipients

Chemistry/Nutrition Category
Keshun Liu, Susan Seegers, Wenming Cao, Janitha Wanasundara, Juxing Chen, Alessandro Esteves da Silva, Kristopher Ross, Alexandra Lozano Franco, Theo Vrijenhoek, Pankaj Bhowmik, Yonghui Li, Xin Wu and Scott Bloomer, for the paper "An International Collaborative Study on Trypsin Inhibitor Assay for Legumes, Cereals, and Related Products" (JAOCS 98 (4):375-390). Read the paper.

Engineering/Technology Category
Xiaoying Mao, Dandan Wang, Lingge Sun, Jian Zhang and Qingzhi Wu, for the paper "Effect of Peroxyl-Radicals-Induced Oxidative Modification in the Physicochemical and Emulsifying Properties of Walnut Protein" (JAOCS 98(9):903-910). Read the paper.

Get to know the winners in this winner spotlight.

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 from October to September the year preceding the AOCS Annual Meeting that address oxidation, stability, quality, or flavor of lipids are eligible.

For example, the 2023 Edwin N. Frankel Award candidates must have a paper published between October 2021 and September 2022.

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.

2022 Recipients

Atsushi Takahashi, Ryota Takahashi, Kousuke Hiromori and Naomi Shibasaki-Kitakawa, for the paper Quantitative Evaluation of Oxidative Stability of Biomembrane Lipids in the Presence of Vitamin E(JAOCS 98(5):567-579). Read the paper.

Get to know Atsushi Takahashi in this award winner spotlight.

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.

2022 Recipients

Ai Takeyama, Asami Teramoto, Tianyu Wang, Takuya Hayashi, Yasutake Tanaka, Masao Sato and Bungo Shirouchi, for the paper "Dietary lysophospholipids reduce lymphatic cholesterol transport compared with dietary phospholipids in thoracic lymph-duct cannulated rats" (Lipids 56(6):579-590). Read the paper.

Get to know Bungo Shirouchi in this award winner spotlight.

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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials and answer two questions about the nominee by August 15.

  • 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.

2022 Recipients

Casimir Akoh

Dr. Casimir C. Akoh is a distinguished research professor at the University of Georgia. He earned a Ph.D. in food science, an M.S. in biochemistry from Washington State University, and a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Nigeria.

He served on the AOCS Governing Board as secretary, vice president, and president (2008–2009). He has also served on many committees—including the Recognition Program, Membership Steering, and INFORM Editorial Advisory committees—and as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

Dr. Akoh’s research is mainly in lipid chemistry and phytochemicals. He is an internationally recognized expert on low calorie fat substitutes and structured lipids. He edited eight books and his “Food Lipids” book, now in its Fourth Edition (2017), is used worldwide as a textbook for graduate instruction. Dr. Akoh’s research has resulted in over 850 publications and presentations, including up to 296 peer-reviewed refereed publications, 50 book chapters, eight edited books, four patents, 313 presentations, and 187 invited presentations. He has received nearly $7.5 million in grants and gifts. He is an editorial board member or associate editor of six journals.

Dr. Akoh received two top research awards from international professional societies in 2012: the Supelco AOCS Research Award, and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Nicholas Appert Award. Dr. Akoh has received seven awards or honors from IFT and six from AOCS. He recently received the University of Nigeria Alumni Achievement Award (2015), the IFT Babcock-Hart Award (2018) for food technology contributions that resulted in improved public health through nutrition or a more nutritious food, and the AOCS Alton E. Bailey Award (2019). He is a fellow of IFT, AOCS, ACS, and ISBAB.

Get to know Casimir Akoh in this award winner spotlight.

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 who have made significant research contributions 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?

Award open date: May 30, 2022
Award close date: September 2, 2022

Nominees will be advised of the outcome by the end of October 2022, and the award will be presented at a webinar in November 2022.

Below are the materials required for a nomination.

  • 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.

2022 Recipient

Not awarded until the Fall of 2022.

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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials and answer two questions about the nominee by August 15.

  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

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?
  • Plaque
  • US $750 honorarium
  • Opportunity to present an award lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting
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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Keshun Liu

Dr. Keshun Liu is a research chemist with USDA, ARS. Born in rural China, he received a Ph.D. in food science from Michigan State University, and did post-doctoral work at Coca-Cola Co. and University of Georgia. Before joining USDA in 2005, he was an employee at Monsanto Co. and University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been active with AOCS by organizing meeting symposia and contributing his time and knowledge in many other volunteer and committee roles. He served the Proteins and Co-Products Division at all levels of Division leadership.

Dr. Liu is well known for his expertise in chemistry, processing, and utilization of soybeans, cereals, and legumes. His seminal research has had significant impacts on food and feed industries and scientific communities. His books on soybeans have become a must-read for researchers in the soy industry; the fibrous meat analog he and colleagues developed at University of Missouri has been commercialized by Beyond Meat. His research on fuel ethanol co-products and their recovery benefits the biofuel industry. Dr. Liu authored or co-authored 139 publications.

His improved analytical methods have been used by laboratories around the world. In January 2021, his trypsin inhibitor assay was approved as AOCS Official Method Ba 12a-2020. His low-cost method for making soy protein concentrates is being evaluated by the Soybean Innovation Lab (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) for use in fighting protein shortage in Africa.

Dr. Liu was named an AOCS Fellow in 2011. He was awarded the Award of Merit in 2010 and Protein and Co-Products Division Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

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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?
  • Plaque
  • Recognition during the Welcome Ceremony at the AOCS Annual Meeting
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
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  • 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

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2022 Recipients

Lianzhou Jiang

Dr. Lianzhou Jiang is a professor at Northeast Agricultural University (NEAU), China, and fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.

He led the formation and chaired the AOCS China Section in 2016. He was selected as a valid candidate for the academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) in 2019. Dr. Jiang served as the dean of the College of Food Science at the NEAU, the director of the National Research Center of Soybean Engineering and Technology from 2005–2019. He also served as the committee member of the discipline evaluation group of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and vice president of the China Soybean Industry Association.

For nearly 40 years, Dr. Jiang has been dedicated to the research of soybean processing theory and technology as well as the cultivation of talents, pioneering the theory of flexible processing of plant proteins, and promoting the creation of a distinctive modern soybean processing industry technology system. He has served on, and chaired, more than 50 scientific and technological projects, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National High-tech R&D Program of China (“863” Program), the National Science and Technology Support Program, and the National Nature Science Foundation of China. He has contributed to more than 400 peer-reviewed articles and edited 15 books. He has received more than 30 science and technology awards and obtained nearly 100 authorized invention patents. His research results have been widely promoted and applied, creating tens of billions of yuan of economic benefits and effectively promoting the scientific and technological progress of the global soybean industry.

Robert Moreau

Dr. Robert A. Moreau grew up in Massachusetts and received a B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He also received a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of California at Davis.

Dr. Moreau was a member of the AOCS Governing Board for nearly 13 years, served as chair of the Publications Steering Committee, and participated in numerous other committees. He also served as associate editor, contributing editor, and member of the Editorial Advisory Committee for INFORM magazine, and as an associate editor of Lipids.

He was instrumental in leading AOCS journals into the modern era by transitioning them to a commercial publisher. This step has helped the journals remain leading publications in their areas.

Likewise, he helped guide INFORM magazine as it transitioned from a publishing outlet for original research to a trade magazine. The magazine continues to be a timely source of information about critical issues and research news.

For 38 years, Dr. Moreau conducted research at the Eastern Regional Research Center, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. His research was mainly focused on the analysis of health-promoting lipids (phytosterols, tocopherols, tocotrienols, and carotenoids) in plant oils and other plant materials. He published more than 172 peer-reviewed scientific research publications, of which 33 appeared in either Lipids or the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

Dr. Moreau was named an AOCS Fellow in 2009. He received the Herbert J. Dutton Award in 2006, Alton E. Bailey Award in 2015, and A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award in 2021. He has been blessed with a wonderful wife, three great kids and three wonderful grandkids.

Get to know the Award of Merit winners, Lianzhou Jiang and Robert Moreau, in this spotlight.

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 in one of the areas represented by AOCS Divisions
How to nominate?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials by August 15:

  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipients

Navam Hettiarachchy

Dr. Navam Hettiarachchy is a professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Arkansas. She earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Madras, India, an M.S. in biochemistry, University of Edinburgh Medical School, Scotland, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Hull, England, U.K. She is internationally recognized for her research in maximizing the use of oilseed crops, particularly soy, and rice.

Dr. Hettiarachchy served as chair of the Protein and Co-Products Division as well as moderator and chair of numerous technical sessions at the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. In her role as chair, she recruited world-class speakers. She collaborated with other AOCS Divisions to host technical sessions that attracted numerous attendees.

Dr. Hettiarachchy has published 164 journal articles and chapters, in which she provided innovative and creative approaches in fundamental protein chemistry. She pioneered work revealing the structural requirements necessary for peptides to inhibit cancer cell proliferation.

In 1999, Dr. Hettiarachchy and her co-authors received the ADM Award for Best Paper in Protein and Co-Products in the category of Chemistry/Nutrition from AOCS for their article “Hydrophobicity, Solubility, and Emulsifying Properties of Soy Protein Peptides Prepared by Papain Modification and Ultrafiltration.” She is a fellow of IFT and the International Union of Food Science and Technology. She has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (2015) and won the Spitze Land-Grant Professorial Career Excellence Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service award.

In addition to her research, she has developed and taught six outcome-based courses. Her mentorship in product development, IFT College Bowl competition, and others led to student cash awards amounting to $98,550.

Charlotte Jacobsen

Dr. Charlotte Jacobsen is a professor and leader of the Research Group for Bioactives—Analysis and Applications at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. She is internationally renowned for her research in lipid oxidation of omega-3 rich foods.

She has served on the AOCS European Section Leadership Team as president and vice president. As chair of the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division, Dr. Jacobsen fostered a collaborative and supportive culture for students, academics, and industry professionals. She also served as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society and is a member of the AOCS Journal Advisory Board.

She was appointed by European Food Safety Authority as an expert in the Fish Oil Working Group under the Biohazard Panel to evaluate the potential hazard associated with human intake of refined fish oil. Her recent research also concerns the use of side-streams from plant and marine food production as new ingredients (e.g., antioxidants) for the food industry. She has led several large national and international projects, including the on-going EU BBI JU project WaSeaBi. Most of her projects involve collaboration with industry partners, such as Royal Greenland, Kalsec, Nestlé, and Novozymes. Dr. Jacobsen has over 200 publications and 6,500 citations. She has authored 31 book chapters, co-edited four books, and has one granted patent and four pending.

Dr. Jacobsen has received several awards, including the Danish Danisco prize (2003), the French La Médaille Chevreul (2010) awarded by Association Francaise pour l’étude des Corps Gras, the German DGF Normann Medaille (2020), AOCS Stephen S. Chang award (2021), and two best paper awards from AOCS.

Janitha Wanasundara

Dr. Janitha P. D. Wanasundara is a senior research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Her research program is in protein chemistry and bioproducts focusing on oilseeds and pulses produced in Canadian prairies. She has a B.Sc. (agriculture with honors, 1986), a M.Phil (food science and technology) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in food Science (1996) from Memorial University, Canada.

As a member of the Protein and Co-Products Division, she established a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Division and streamlined its student poster competition and awards, which increased student participation. In 2019, Dr. Wanasundara helped to establish the AOCS Pulse Science and Technology Forum, serving as a steering committee member. She contributed to program development, as well as organized and chaired sessions. This forum, now called the Sustainable Protein Forum, continues to gather leaders from a wide range of food science applications. She also served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society on satisfying protein demand through plant and alternative proteins.

Dr. Wanasundara’s research furthers understanding of the relationship between a seed protein’s genetics and its structure, function, and physical properties. Her research also identifies the macromolecular function of these proteins when used in complex food systems. In the area of plant protein chemistry, her research focuses on understanding the chemistry and structure of seed storage proteins for legumes and dicot crops of Brassica to improve application in the plant protein industry.

Her scholarly contributions include 59 peer-reviewed journal articles and 25 book chapters, nearly 100 presentations, one book, and one patent.

Jill Winkler-Moser

Dr. Jill K. Winkler-Moser is a research chemist and lead scientist at the USDA, ARS, in the Functional Foods Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois. She received a B.S. and an M.S. in food science from the University of Idaho and a Ph.D. in food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She is an authority on lipid oxidation and the chemical and phytochemical characterization of plant and seed oils. Her research has facilitated the development of oils with altered tocopherol compositions for increased oxidative stability.

She has served in several leadership roles with AOCS. She was on the AOCS Governing Board from 2019 to 2021. She also served as chair, vice-chair, and secretary-treasurer for the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division. As part of Division leadership, she coordinated well-attended events that connected members across the Society. She has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, where she has served as associate editor and is currently a senior associate editor. She also served as chair of the Division Council from 2018 to 2020.

Her research has supported the development of new CODEX standards for oils, such as rice bran oil. She also developed a novel and simple method using tocopherol fingerprinting to detect adulteration of coffee by less valuable cereals. Dr. Winkler-Moser has published more than sixty peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2018, Dr. Winkler-Moser and co-authors won the AOCS Edwin N. Frankel Best Paper in Lipid Oxidation and Quality for their article “Application of Differential Pulse Voltammetry to Determine the Efficiency of Stripping Tocopherols from Commercial Fish Oil.”

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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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Jiajia Rao

Dr. Jiajia Rao is an assistant professor in the Cereal and Food Science Program in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University (NDSU). She received her B.S. from Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, China (2002), M.S. from Chongqing University, China (2005), and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2013.

Dr. Rao has worked with the AOCS Protein and Co-Products Division to develop and chair technical sessions on plant proteins. She and her students have presented their latest research at AOCS meetings, helping to amplify this topic within and outside the Society. Her efforts help ensure that AOCS attracts new members as the “go-to” society for new plant protein technologies. She won the AOCS Honored Student Award in 2012.

Dr. Rao worked for PepsiCo Inc. for 3 years, where she was involved in emulsion technology and protein fortified beverage development. At NDSU, her research focuses on the structure and function relationships of plant-based ingredients for improved quality and safety in food. Dr. Rao has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles. Her research has been supported by grants from the United States Department of Agriculture, food industry and local commodity groups, and she has secured funding worth over $1 million as a principal investigator while working at NDSU since 2015. This funding has enabled Dr. Rao to build up an active and competitive laboratory. She has trained 10 graduate students, 6 post-doctoral appointees, and 4 visiting scientists.

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The Biotechnology Division Achievement 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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Lu-Kwang JuLu-Kwang Ju, The University of Akron, USA

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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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

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?
  • Independent researchers or scientists who are:
    • younger than 36 years old, or have received their highest degree within the previous seven years, as of June 1st of the year of presentation
    • 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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Sugasini DhavamaniSugasini Dhavamani, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

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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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Michal HolčapekMichal Holčapek, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic

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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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Rotimi AlukoRotimi E. Aluko, University of Manitoba, Canada

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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
  • 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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Martha Ann Belury

Martha Ann Belury, Ohio State University, USA

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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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Padma Prabodh VaranasiPadma Prabodh Varanasi, BASF, USA

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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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

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?

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  • 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

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2022 Recipient

F. Xavier Malcata

Dr. F. Xavier Malcata is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering of University of Porto and senior researcher at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy. He received his Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

His research on lipases in immobilized form has supported a number of industrial advances. Dr. Malcata’s various reviews on the subject have become classical references for anyone interested in enzymes for catalytic reactions of hydrolysis, ester synthesis, acidolysis, alcoholysis, or transesterification. He pioneered immobilization of lipases for modifying oils and fats via hydrolysis and transesterification and developed nonconventional configurations of photobioreactors for producing polyunsaturated fats and high-added value metabolites by lipidogenic microalgae.

He has authored 470+ refereed papers that have received more than 17,500 cites by peers, with an h-index of 65. He currently appears in the 0.5%-top tier of Stanford University ranking of the most influential researchers worldwide.

He has also edited 5 books and published 17 books, including the 11-volume treatise titled “Enzyme Reactor Engineering” published by Wiley, and the 3-volume collection titled “Food Process Engineering” published by CRC. In addition, he has supervised 30 Ph.D. dissertations, coordinated 37 research and development projects, and written 55 book chapters.

Dr. Malcata is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Ralph H. Potts Memorial Award (1991) and Young Scientist Research Award (2001) from AOCS; Foundation Scholar Award (1998), Danisco International Dairy Science Award (2007), Distinguished Service Award (2012) and Teaching Award in Dairy Manufacturing (2019) from the American Dairy Science Association; Samuel Cate Prescott Award (2008) and William V. Cruess Award (2014) from IFT; and International Leadership Award (2008) and Elmer Marth Educator Award (2011) by International Association for Food Protection. He was named an AOCS Fellow in 2014.

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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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials and answer two questions about the nominee by August 15.

  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Penny M. Kris-Etherton

Dr. Penny M. Kris-Etherton is the Evan Pugh University Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where she has served on the faculty since 1979. She earned her B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, M.S. from Case Western Reserve University, and Ph.D. from University of Minnesota.

Her clinical nutrition research focuses on understanding the effect of diet on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. Dr. Kris-Etherton has served on committees that have issued dietary guidelines (the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee and the 2002 National Academies Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Macronutrients and Cholesterol). She served on the 2nd Adult Treatment Panel of the National Cholesterol Education Program.

Dr. Kris-Etherton has co-authored numerous AHA Scientific Statements and Advisories that have made lifestyle recommendations for the prevention and treatment of CVD. She also co-authored the National Lipid Association’s recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia. In addition, she served on the American College of Cardiology Expert Consensus Decision Panel that published a paper on the management of ASCVD risk reduction in patients with persistent hypertriglyceridemia.

Dr. Kris-Etherton is a former chair of both the American Heart Association Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health and the AHA Nutrition Committee. She is a Fellow of the AHA, the National Lipid Association (where she was president), and the American Society for Nutrition. She has published over 420 papers and has received numerous awards from the American Society for Nutrition, AOCS, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Nut & Dried Fruit Council, and National Lipid Association for her scientific contributions.

In 2014, she received the AOCS Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award.

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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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials and answer two questions about the nominee by August 15.

  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials and answer two questions about the nominee by August 15.

  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Maria Lidia HerreraMaria Lidia Herrera, University of Buenos Aires and National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET), Argentina

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The Analytical Division Student Excellence 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
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting Registration
  • Up to 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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the analytical interest area

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2022 Recipient

Hilary GreenHilary Green, University of California, Davis, USA

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The Biotechnology Division Student Excellence 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
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting Registration
  • Up to US $500 travel allowance
  • 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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the biotechnology interest area

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2022 Recipients

Jiazi ChenFirst place:
Jiazi Chen, Jinan University, China

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Xin GuoSecond place:
Xin Guo, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

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The Edible Applications Technology Division Student Excellence 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
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting Registration
  • Up to US $500 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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the edible applications technology interest area

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2022 Recipient

Sten ten KloosterSten ten Klooster, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

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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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting

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2022 Recipient

Morgan KandracMorgan Kandrac, Rutgers University, USA

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The Health and Nutrition Division Student Excellence 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
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting Registration
  • Up to US $500 travel allowance
  • 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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the health and nutrition interest area

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2022 Recipient

Waqas BabaWaqas Baba, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates

The Honored Student Award encourages and recognizes graduate students doing research in one of the areas represented by AOCS Divisions. 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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting

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2022 Recipients
Snigdha GuhaSnigdha Guha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Lingyi LiuLingyi Liu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Han PengHan Peng, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Get to know the three Honored Student Award winners in this spotlight.

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

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the industrial oil products interest area

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2022 Recipient

Tsutomu ChidaTsutomu Chida, Tohoku University, Japan

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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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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 analytical, health and nutrition, or lipid oxidation and quality
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the analytical, health and nutrition, or lipid oxidation and quality interest area

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2022 Recipient

Ruchira NandasiriH. M. A. Ruchira Nandasiri, University of Manitoba, Canada

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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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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 biotechnology, phospholipids, or processing
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the biotechnology, phospholipid, or processing interest area

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

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 by October 3 to be considered for this award.

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2022 Recipient

Lingyi LiuLingyi Liu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

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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 by October 3 to be considered for this award.

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2022 Recipient

Snigdha Guha

Snigdha Guha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

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

What does the recipient receive?
  • Certificate
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting Registration
  • Up to US $500 travel allowance
  • 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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the phospholipid interest area

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

The Processing Division Student Excellence 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
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting Registration
  • Up to US $500 travel allowance
  • 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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the processing interest area

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2022 Recipient

Greta CanelliGreta Canelli, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

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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.

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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

The Surfactants and Detergents Division Student Excellence 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
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting Registration
  • Up to 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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by October 3.

  • Complete application questions using the Awards Portal
  • 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
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae which includes education, work and training experiences, awards, and a full list of publications and scientific/technical meeting presentations
  • Abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the surfactants and detergents interest area

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2022 Recipient

Not awarded in 2022.

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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following nomination materials by October 3.

  • 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

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2022 Recipient

Melissa Marsh

Melissa A. Marsh, Utah State University, USA

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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 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 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.

2022 Recipients

1st Place:

Eda Kaya, Kansas State University, USA

2nd Place:

Steven Mascrez, University of Liege, Belgium

Watch the 2022 Analytical Division Student ePoster Pitch Competition on the AOCS YouTube channel.

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 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 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.

2022 Recipients

1st Place:

Madison Oehler, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

2nd Place:

Yu Jin Lee, Korea University, Korea

Watch the 2022 Biotechnology Division Student ePoster Pitch Competition on the AOCS YouTube channel.

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.

2022 Recipients

1st Place:

Fien De Witte, Ghent University, Belgium

2nd Place:

Rycal Blount, North Carolina A&T State University, USA

Watch the 2022 Edible Applications Technology Division Student ePoster Pitch Competition on the AOCS YouTube channel.

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.

2022 Recipient

1st Place:

Snigdha Guha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

2nd Place:

Emerson Nolasco, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Watch the 2022 Health and Nutrition Division Student ePoster Pitch Competition on the AOCS YouTube channel.

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 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 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.

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 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 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.

2022 Recipients

1st Place:

Ipek Bayram, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

2nd Place:

Lingyi Liu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Watch the 2022 Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Student ePoster Pitch Competition on the AOCS YouTube channel.

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.

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.

2022 Recipients

1st Place:

Eda Kaya, Kansas State University, USA

2nd Place:

Umesh Rajapakse, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

Watch the 2022 Processing Division Student ePoster Pitch Competition on the AOCS YouTube channel.

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.

2022 Recipients

1st Place:

Snigdha Guha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

2nd Place:

Jasmin S. Yang, University of California, Davis

Watch the 2022 Protein and Co-Products Division Student ePoster Pitch Competition on the AOCS YouTube channel.

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 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 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. 

The Canadian Section Student Support Grant assists graduate students in presenting their work at the AOCS Annual Meeting, as well as encourages them to become active in the Canadian Section and the Society. The maximum number of individual grants given per year is limited to six.

What does the recipient(s) receive?
  • Certificate
  • Complimentary AOCS Annual Meeting student registration
  • Complimentary Canadian Section meal ticket
  • Opportunity to present in the technical program during the AOCS Annual Meeting
Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students at a Canadian University who have:
    • not already received their graduate degree, or begun their career employment prior to May of the presentation year
    • never received the Canadian Section Student Support Grant
How to apply?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by December 19.

  • 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 Section
  • Copy of the abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
  • Graduate program name and year within the program
2022 Recipients

Thilini Dissanayake, University of Manitoba, Canada

Brasathe Jeganathan, University of Alberta, Canada

Muhammad Zubair, University of Alberta, Canada

The European Section Early Career 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 European 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?
  • Early career professionals (less than seven years of employment) at a European institution of higher learning or research laboratory who have not previously received the European Section Early Career Travel Grant
  • Preference given to early career professionals who demonstrate an interest in becoming active in the European Section
  • Full professors are not eligible
How to apply?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by December 19.

  • 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 Section
  • Two-page Curriculum Vitae which includes grant procurement, students supervised and published papers
  • Copy of the abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
2022 Recipients

Not awarded in 2022.

The European Section Student 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?
  • Graduate students at a European University who have:
    • not already received their graduate degree, or begun their career employment prior to May of the presentation year
    • never received the European Section Student Travel Grant
How to apply?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by December 19.

  • 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 Section
  • Copy of the abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
  • Graduate program name and year within the program
2022 Recipients

Mathilde Cancalon, CIRAD, France

Ben Kew, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

The Industrial Oil Products Division Early Career 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?
  • Early career professionals (less than seven years of employment) at any institution of higher learning or research laboratory who have not previously received the Industrial Oil Products Division Early Career Travel Grant
  • Preference given to early career who demonstrate an interest in becoming active in the Industrial Oil Products Division
  • Full professors are not eligible
How to apply?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by December 19.

  • 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
  • Copy of the abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
2022 Recipients

Daniel Dodoo, University of Pablo de Olavide, Spain

Adeeb Hayyan, University of Malaya, Malaysia

The Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Early Career 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?
  • Early career professionals (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 Early Career Travel Grant
  • Preference given to early career professionals who demonstrate an interest in becoming active in the Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division
  • Full professors are not eligible
How to apply?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by December 19.

  • 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
  • Copy of the abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
2022 Recipient

Haizhou Wu, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Get to know Haizhou Wu in this award winner spotlight.

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
    • 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?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by December 19.

  • 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
  • Copy of the abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting
  • Graduate program name and year within the program
2022 Recipient

Ipek Bayram, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Get to know Ipek Bayram in this spotlight.

The Protein and Co-Products Division Student Travel Grant assists graduate student 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
  • US $200 honorarium
  • Complimentary Protein and Co-Products Division meal ticket
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
    • never received the Protein and Co-Products Division Student Travel Grant
How to apply?

Login to the Awards Portal to submit the following application materials by December 19.

  • 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 Protein and Co-Products Division
  • Copy of abstract submitted for the current year’s AOCS Annual Meeting in the protein and co-products interest area
  • Graduate program name and year within the program
2022 Recipients

Thilini Dissanayake, University of Manitoba, Canada

Yifu Chu, University of Alberta, Canada

Jingnan Zhang, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Muhammad Zubair, University of Alberta, Canada