Awards

Honoring excellence in nutrition science, research and practice, ASN’s awards recognize the accomplishments of members and meeting attendees.

ASN & ASN Foundation Awards

The ASN and ASN Foundation awards program honors scientists, clinicians and scholars for significant achievements in nutrition research and practice. Please visit www.nutrition.org/awards for a full list of awards and prior winners.

The deadline for nominations was November 1, 2018.

ASN Fellows

To be inducted as a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition is the highest honor that the Society bestows. Scientists who have had distinguished careers in the field of nutrition and are at least sixty-five years of age are eligible for nomination. Please visit www.nutrition.org/fellows for a full list of ASN’s Fellows.

The deadline for nominations was November 1, 2018.

Award Competitions and Travel Funding Opportunities for Students and Young Investigators

ASN awards more than $90,000 in awards and travel grants to students and young investigators annually. Applications for these award competitions and travel funding opportunities must be submitted during abstract submission. More information about these opportunities are provided below.

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Award Requirements

  • Applicants must be ASN members.
  • Applicants must be a presenting author of a submitted abstract.
  • Applications for award competitions and travel funding opportunities are accepted during the Nutrition 2019 abstract submission process. The deadline for abstract submission and award applications is February 15, 2019Click here to access the Nutrition 2019 Abstract Submission website.
  • Descriptions and additional requirements are listed below.
  • All undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, medical trainees, and postdoctoral fellows will be considered for the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition.
  • All graduate students and medical students who apply for an award competition in which they are eligible will also be considered for the Student Interest Group (SIG) Travel Award.

Eligibility Based on Academic Level

Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

May apply to one only of the first 3 listed

Medical Student

May apply to one only of the first 3 listed

Medical Trainee
(interns/ residents/fellows)

May apply to one only

Postdoctoral Fellow

May apply to any or all

Young Investigator
(within 5 years of receiving a doctoral or terminal degree)

May apply to any or all

Clinical Emerging Leaders Award Competition
Global Nutrition Early Career Scholar Award
Graduate Student Research Award Competition
Nutrition Translation Award Competition
Postdoctoral Research Award Competition
Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition
Student Interest Group (SIG) Travel Award

Clinical Emerging Leaders Award Competition

Organized by the Medical Nutrition Council

Purpose: Promotes interest in clinical and human nutrition among those in postgraduate programs.

Additional Requirements:

  • Registered graduate student, medical student or medical trainee who has not received a doctoral research degree prior to the abstract deadline.

Process:

  • Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award in the designated section during abstract submission.
  • Five individuals will be chosen to participate in a special oral session at Nutrition 2019.
  • Finalists will provide a brief statement confirming their intention to compete and describing their involvement and responsibilities in their study.
  • Pending external funding, finalists will each receive a modest, monetary travel award and certificate. One overall winner will be determined.

Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition

Organized by ASN’s Research Interest Sections, the Global Nutrition Council and the Medical Nutrition Council

Purpose: Recognizes the highest quality research presented by students and young investigators to ASN’s abstract categories.

Additional Requirements:

  • Open to undergraduate, graduate and medical students; medical trainees; and postdoctoral fellows.

Process:

  • Each of ASN’s Research Interest Sections as well as the Global Nutrition Council and the Medical Nutrition Council identify the highest scoring abstracts submitted by students, medical trainees and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Finalists are invited to participate in this poster competition at Nutrition 2019.
  • Grand prize winners are selected by each ASN group; modest, monetary travel grants will be awarded.

Global Nutrition Early Career Scholar Award

Organized by the Global Nutrition Council

Purpose: Provide travel funding to a researcher from a low or middle income country.

Additional Requirements:

  • Member of ASN’s Global Nutrition Council
  • Junior faculty member within 5 years of receiving a masters or doctoral degree and based at a university or research institution in a low or middle income country.

Process:

  • Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award in the designated section during abstract submission.
  • Finalists will be identified based on abstract ratings.
  • Finalists will provide a brief statement confirming their intention to compete and describing their involvement and responsibilities in their study.
  • Pending funding, one awardee will receive a travel grant. (Target grant: $2,000)

Graduate Student Research Award Competition

Organized by the Nutritional Sciences Council

Purpose: Tasks graduate students to hone their research presentation skills.

Additional Requirements:

  • Registered graduate student or medical student who has not received a doctoral research degree prior to the abstract deadline.

Process:

  • Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award in the designated section during abstract submission.
  • A review committee will review and rate abstracts based on the following criteria: study objectives/aim/hypothesis; experimental design/methods; selection of critical data and elimination of nonessential data; organization/clarity of figures and tables; explanation of results; and interpretation of data and quality of conclusions drawn.
  • Twelve finalists will be chosen to participate in a special oral session at Nutrition 2019.
  • Finalists will provide a brief statement confirming their intention to compete and describing their involvement and responsibilities in their study.
  • Pending external funding, finalists will each receive a modest, monetary travel award and certificate. Up to three overall winners will be identified.

Nutrition Translation Award Competition for Early Career Investigators

Organized by the Nutrition Translation RIS in partnership with the Public Information Committee

Purpose: Provides an opportunity for early-career scientists and clinicians to demonstrate how their research can be translated to a defined audience to improve public health and/or health outcomes.

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows; medical interns, residents or fellows or other young professionals pursuing a career in nutrition science or practice (e.g., junior faculty, staff, assistant scientists).
  • Fellows and other young professionals must have obtained their doctoral degree within the past 5 years.

Process:

  • Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award in the designated section during abstract submission.
  • During abstract submission, a brief statement must be provided statement (no more than 300 words) that presents a clear connection between the preclinical or clinical research and clinical practice, consumer or community applications; describes practical applications for policy, health and/or wellness and long-term potential impact; and explains how findings could be communicated to an audience beyond nutrition scientists.
  • Four finalists will be selected to participate in a special oral session at Nutrition 2019.
  • Finalists will provide a fifteen-minute presentation, consisting of a 12-minute talk followed by 3 minutes of questions and answers. Judges will rate each scientist’s ability to communicate the following:
    • A brief review (limited to 3 minutes) of the foundational research that was the subject of the abstract submitted.
    • Example(s) of how the research findings could be translated to a particular audience. Communication tools or representations of such tools such as handouts, brochures, podcasts, or videos should be highlighted.
    • Translation messages that are suitable for the target audience, creatively applied, aligned with the study results, and provide practical, evidence-based recommendations.
  • Pending external funding, finalists will each receive a modest, monetary travel award and certificate. One overall winner will be determined.

Postdoctoral Research Award Competition

Organized by the Early Career Nutrition Interest Group and endowed by DuPont Nutrition & Health

Purpose: Challenges early-career scientists and clinicians in nutrition by providing a juried abstract review and special oral session in which they compete in presenting their research findings.

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows; medical interns, residents or fellows and other young professionals holding a doctoral degree pursuing a career in nutrition science or practices (e.g., junior faculty, staff, assistant scientists).
  • Fellows and other young professionals must have obtained their doctoral degree within the past 5 years.

Process:

  • Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award in the designated section during abstract submission.
  • During abstract submission, a brief statement must be provided that addresses the applicant’s role in the research contained in the abstract; how the research has potential implications for policy, public health or future research directions; and a brief summary of the application’s career objectives in nutrition science or practice.
  • Six finalists will be selected to participate in a special oral session at Nutrition 2019.
  • Finalists will each receive a $250 travel award and certificate. One overall winner will receive an additional $250 award.

Student Interest Group (SIG) Travel Award

Organized by the Student Interest Group (SIG)

Purpose: Recognizes students for outstanding abstracts and presentation skills.

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a student member of ASN and presenting author of the submitted abstract.
  • One entry per person.

Process:

  • Undergraduate students indicate desire to be considered for this award in the designated section during abstract submission. Graduate students and medical students applying for the Clinical Emerging Leader Award Competition, Graduate Student Research Award Competition, or Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition will automatically be considered for this competition upon submitting an abstract.
  • Individuals who have submitted an abstract to be presented at an oral session at Nutrition 2019 are also eligible to compete for this award but must put together a 3 minute oral presentation.
  • Six finalists will be chosen based on abstract quality. Top abstracts will be of high scientific merit and clearly articulate the research objective(s), experimental design and methodology, results, and conclusions (i.e. significance and/or implication of research findings).
  • Six finalists will be asked to present a 3 minute oral presentation during the Graduate Student Breakfast to be held at Nutrition 2019.
  • Oral presentations will be judged on organization and clarity, ability of finalists to communicate the research to the judges in an accurate but succinct manner, and ability of finalists to field questions from the judges.
  • Three $150 monetary awards will be given to the top three finalists, selected by the judges based on the oral presentation.

Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition

Organized by the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee and supported by DSM Nutritional Products

Purpose: This competition provides an opportunity for young investigators from underrepresented communities within the biomedical and life sciences to participate in the annual meeting by discussing their research findings. Finalists will strengthen presentation and professional skills associated with a career in the sciences.

Additional Requirements:

  • Registered graduate student, medical student or medical trainee who has not received a doctoral research degree prior to the abstract deadline.
  • From a group that is underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Native Americans who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, and Natives of the USA Pacific Islands (Guam, Hawai’i and American Samoa only.)

Process:

  • Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award in the designated section during abstract submission.
  • During abstract submission, a brief statement must be provided that addresses the applicant’s role in the research contained in the abstract and how the research connects to applicant’s career objectives in nutrition science or practice.
  • Six finalists will be selected to participate in a special oral session at Nutrition 2019.
  • First, second and third Prize winners will be identified from finalists following the oral session. Prize winners will receive a modest monetary award, pending external funding.

Nutrition 2019/FASEB DREAM Mentored (formerly called MARC) Travel Award

KEY DATES

  • February 15, 2019: Last Call abstract submission deadline
  • April 15, 2019: Nutrition 2019/FASEB DREAM Mentored Travel Award application deadline

ELIGIBILITY

Through FASEB, the Nutrition 2019/FASEB “Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access & Mentoring” (DREAM) Mentored (formerly called MARC) Travel Award is available for first-time attendees/presenters and presenters who want a mentored meeting experience at the Nutrition 2019 meeting.  Undergraduates, graduate/PhD students, medical students/clinical fellows and postdoctoral fellows are eligible. Funding is restricted to USA citizens and Permanent Residents of the USA only. Travel awards are open to all groups including, but not limited to, underrepresented groups. Trainees funded by NIH F, K and T awards are eligible to receive travel support from FASEB.

Awardees cannot accept funding from any other sponsoring organization. Therefore, while awardees may still apply for and compete in any ASN award competition, they cannot receive additional funding from ASN. Though, if an ASN award competition is won, individuals will still have the honor to post these accomplishments on their CV.

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Submit an abstract by February 15, 2019.
  • Complete the Mentored Poster/Platform Presenter Travel Award application by April 15, 2019. Click here to complete the application.

Nutrition 2019 Family Support Grants

Nutrition 2019 aims to be a family friendly environment and ASN is offering small grants to help off-set caregiving expenses to enable scientists with dependent children or family members to present their research in Baltimore. The Nutrition 2019 Family Support Grant is a reimbursable allowance up to a maximum of $750 towards eligible funding scenarios. Provision of these grants is part of a study to assess and evaluate conference attendance feasibility; through this effort we will gather feedback about preferences and barriers to conference attendance.

KEY DATES

  • April 1, 2019: Application deadline
  • April 8, 2019: Grant notifications sent

ELIGIBILITY

  • ASN members may apply for Nutrition 2019 Family Support Grants if the member:
    • Is presenting an accepted abstract at Nutrition 2019; and/or
    • Currently serves in an ASN leadership role (e.g., member of ASN committee or Council/RIS governing body); and/or
    • Is an invited speaker for Nutrition 2019.
  • Only one parent or caregiver from each family may apply for a grant and only one grant per family may be awarded.
  • Priority will be given to ASN members who are students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists.
    International applicants welcome.

The following scenarios are permitted:

  • On-site care provided in the Baltimore area
  • Caregiver travels to attendee’s home to care for dependent
  • Dependent travels to caregiver outside home community
  • Caregiver travels to meeting location to care for dependent

To take the survey and apply, click here.

Special thanks to the National Dairy Council and The Sugar Association, our supporters of the Family Support Grants.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Michelle Crispino, Manager, Education and Development

awards@nutrition.org