Awards

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

ASN FOUNDATION AWARDS

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and the ASN Foundation are proud to announce the 2021 recipients of its scientific achievement awards.

“The 2021 ASN award recipients are an esteemed group of scientists whose contributions and dedication to advancing nutrition research, education and practice are inspiring,” stated ASN President, Lindsay Allen, PhD. “We are thrilled to shine the light on our members’ remarkable achievements.”

As previously announced, due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and uncertainty around travel restrictions, the ASN Board of Directors made the decision to host Nutrition 2021 as an interactive, engaging, and safe virtual event: NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE, June 7–10.

In lieu of in-person recognition, ASN will celebrate both 2020 and 2021 award winners virtually leading up to and during NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE.  Connect with ASN across all social media platforms to stay up to date on all festivities surrounding the world’s largest online gathering of nutrition professionals #NutritionLiveOnline.

Senior Investigator Lectureships

George Bray Outstanding Scientific Achievements Award in Obesity Research
Endowed by Dr. George W. Bray and his wife Marilyn Bray
This award lecture will be given on Wednesday, June 9 at 10 AM EDT (UTC -4)
Eric Ravussin, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Gilbert A. Leveille Lectureship and Award
This award lecture will be given on Wednesday, June 9 at 10 AM EDT (UTC -4)
Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD, Nutrition Research Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mid-Career Awards

Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award in Global Nutrition
Supported by the Sight and Life Foundation
Alison Gernand, PhD, MPH, RD, The Pennsylvania State University

Young Investigator Awards

Bio-Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition
Supported by Bio-Serv Inc.
Andrew Steelman, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

E.L.R. Stokstad Award
Endowed by the Stokstad Family
Aditi Das, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mead Johnson Award
Endowed by Mead Johnson Pediatric Nutrition Institute
Hannah D. Holscher, PhD, RD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award
Supported by the Council for Responsible Nutrition
Nancy E. Moran, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine

Norman Kretchmer Award in Nutrition and Development
Taren Swindle, PhD University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Vernon Young International Award for Amino Acid Research
Endowed by Ajinomoto Co., Inc
Marlou Dirks, PhD, University of Exeter

Scholarships and Fellowships

ASN Predoctoral Fellowship: Mars, Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship
Supported by Mars, Inc.
Cynthia Klobodu, MBChB, MPH, Drexel University

ASN Predoctoral Fellowship: The Gerber Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Endowed by the Gerber Foundation
Akriti Shrestha, MS, RN, Syracuse University

Herbalife Nutrition Scholarship
Supported by Herbalife Nutrition
M. Alan Dawson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, Florida State University

Science Policy Fellowships
Heather E. Schier, MS, The Ohio State University
Jessica Garay (formerly Redmond), PhD, RDN, CSCS, FAND, Syracuse University

Other Awards

ASN Industry Recognition Award
Andrea W. Wong, PhD, Council for Responsible Nutrition

ASN’s Understanding Nutritional Science Video Competition
To be announced, learn more at: nutrition.org/contest

ASN Volunteer of the Year Award
Presented to the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee (MDAC)
Sonia Vega-López, PhD, Arizona State University, MDAC Chair
Stavros Kavouras, PhD, Arizona State University
Deshanie Rai, PhD, FACN, OmniActive Health Technologies
Nadine R. Sahyoun, PhD, RDN, University of Maryland, College Park
April Stull, PhD, RDN, FAND, Baylor University
Margarita Teran-Garcia, MD, PhD, FTOS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lisa M. Troy, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Korean Nutrition Society (KNS) Award
Christos S. Mantzoros, MD, DSc, Harvard Medical School

Milton L. Sunde Award
Endowed by the Sunde Family
Simone Passarelli, MS, PhD, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

ASN CLASS OF 2021 FELLOWS

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) recently announced the 15 individuals who will be inducted into its Class of 2021 Fellows. To be inducted as a Fellow of the Society is the highest honor ASN bestows, recognizing individuals for significant discoveries and distinguished careers in the field of nutrition.

“It is a distinct honor to announce the individuals selected as Fellows of the American Society for Nutrition,” said ASN President, Lindsay Allen, PhD.  “As trailblazers in the field, these nutrition leaders are recognized for their lasting contributions, enabling us to further the mission of pursuing a healthier world through evidence-based nutrition. We celebrate them for their legacy and thank them for inspiring the next generation of global nutrition leaders.”

The ASN Class of 2021 Fellows

Susan Carlson, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center

Michael Clandinin, PhD, University of Alberta

Rebecca Costello, PhD, NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

Teresa Davis, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine

Ralph Green, MD, PhD, University of California Davis

Rachel Johnson, PhD, RD, University of Vermont

Samuel Klein, MD, Washington University School of Medicine

Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mary R. L’Abbé, CM, PhD, University of Toronto

Michael McBurney, PhD, University of Guelph

David McCarron, MD, The Oregon Health and Sciences University (1977-2001) and
University of California Davis (2001-2018)

Neil Shay, PhD, Oregon State University

Helmut Sies, MD, PhD, MD, FRCP, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Maret Traber, PhD, Linus Pauling Institute / Oregon State University

Katherine Tucker, PhD, University of Massachusetts Lowell

The ASN Class of 2021 Fellows will be honored leading up to and during ASN’s virtual meeting, NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE, June 7–10.  They will also be recognized at the Fellows, 50-Year Members and Past Presidents Luncheon during the American Society for Nutrition’s flagship meeting, Nutrition 2022. Members of this year’s class join more than 400 other ASN Fellows who have been recognized since the program began in 1952.

HONORING THE ASN CLASS OF 2020 FELLOWS AND 2020 AWARD WINNERS

Please note, due to the cancellation of ASN’s flagship meeting as an in-person event due to COVID-19, we will not be accepting nominations for other ASN senior investigator awards at this time. The individuals selected as recipients of the 2020 ASN awards will be honored and recognized during NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE.

For more information about these award recipients and awards, please visit https://nutrition.org/asn-foundation/awards/.

FAMILY SUPPORT GRANTS

ASN is committed to continuing its tradition of being a family friendly meeting and providing an open and inclusive learning environment. We understand how family care responsibilities can make it difficult to fully participate in meetings, whether in person or virtual. Therefore, we are proud to offer grants to support your participation.

This year, Family Support Grants will be offered to scientists attending or presenting at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE to off-set caregiving expenses for dependent children or family members.

A NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE Family Support Grant is a reimbursable allowance up to a maximum of $100 which can be applied towards expenses incurred by an attendee for the caregiving of dependent children or family members by another individual. Please note that if a grant is given, documentation of the caregiving expenses must be provided to ASN.

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.

ELIGIBILITY

  • ASN members may apply if the member:
    • Is attending NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE
    • Is presenting an accepted abstract at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE
    • Is an invited speaker for NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE; and/or
    • Currently serves in an ASN leadership role (e.g., member of ASN committee or GEM governing body).
  • 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.

KEY DATES

Application deadlineMay 3, 2021
Notifications sent to applicantsMay 17, 2021
Documentation due to ASN from grant recipientsJune 24, 2021

AWARD COMPETITIONS AND ABSTRACT RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR STUDENTS AND YOUNG INVESTIGATORS

Earn honors to boost your CV and compete for cash prizes by submitting your research to NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE!

Applications for NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE award competitions and abstract recognition programs must be submitted during abstract submission. Based on academic level and ASN membership status, presenting authors can apply for the following:

  • Clinical Emerging Leaders Award Competition
  • Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Abstract Recognition Program
  • George Bray Obesity Research Student Awards
  • Global Nutrition Early Career Scholar Award
  • Graduate Student Research Award Competition
  • Nutrition Translation Award Competition
  • Postdoctoral Research Award Competition
  • Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition Student Awards
  • Student Interest Group (SIG) Student Awards
  • Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition

Click here to download a PDF with complete details including eligibility, requirements and processes.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be ASN members.
  • Applicants must be a presenting author of a submitted abstract.
  • All undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, medical trainees, and postdoctoral fellows will be considered for the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Abstract Recognition Program.
  • Descriptions and additional requirements are listed below.

Applications for award competitions and abstract recognition programs are accepted during the NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE abstract submission process.

Eligibility by Academic Level

Undergraduate Student

Graduate Student

May apply to one only amongst CELA, GSRA and YMIOC

Medical Student

May apply to one only amongst CELA, GSRA and YMIOC

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 (CELA)✔✔✔
George Bray Obesity Research Student Awards✔✔✔
Global Nutrition Early Career Scholar Award✔✔
Graduate Student Research Award Competition (GSRA)✔✔
Nutrition Translation Award Competition✔✔✔
Postdoctoral Research Award Competition✔✔✔
Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition Student Awards✔✔✔
Student Interest Group (SIG) Student Awards✔✔✔
Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition (YMIOC)

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Clinical Emerging Leaders Award Competition

Organized by the Medical Nutrition Council

Supported by Lonza

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 session at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE.
  • 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 award and certificate. One overall winner will be determined.

Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Abstract Recognition Awards

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 topical areas.

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 identified in the abstract topical areas and will be highlighted and honored in NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE materials.
  • Finalists will receive a certificate.

George Bray Obesity Research Student Awards

Endowed by Dr. George A. Bray and Marilyn M. Bray

Purpose: Recognizes the two students with the highest-scoring abstracts in a topical area related to the causes, treatment or prevention of obesity.

Additional Requirements:

  • Open to undergraduate, graduate and medical students.

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, and identify two winners deemed to be outstanding.
  • Two winners will each receive a $500 award and certificate.

Global Nutrition Early Career Scholar Award

Organized by the Global Nutrition Council

Supported by Mondelēz

Purpose: Provide a registration waiver to an early career 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, registration waivers will be provided to selected finalists.

Graduate Student Research Award Competition

Supported by The Sugar Association

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.
  • 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 applicant’s career objectives in nutrition science or practice.
  • 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.
  • Nine finalists will be chosen to participate in a special oral session at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE.
  • 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 award and certificate. Up to three overall winners will be identified.

Nutrition Translation Award Competition

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

Supported by National Dairy Council

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 2021 LIVE ONLINE.
  • 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 award and certificate. One overall winner will be determined.

Postdoctoral Research Award Competition

Organized by the Early Career Nutrition Interest Group

Endowed by IFF

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 applicant’s career objectives in nutrition science or practice.
  • Six finalists will be selected to participate in a special oral session at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE.
  • Finalists will each receive a $200 award and certificate. One overall winner will receive an additional $200 award.

Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Student Awards

Endowed by Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind

Purpose: Recognizes students for outstanding research related to pediatric nutrition.

Additional Requirements:

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

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, and identify two winners deemed to be outstanding.
  • Two winners will each receive a $500 monetary award and certificate.

Student Interest Group (SIG) Student Awards

Organized by the Student Interest Group (SIG)

Supported by National Dairy Council

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:

  • Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award in the designated section during abstract submission.
  • Individuals who have submitted an abstract to be presented at an oral session at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE are also eligible to compete for this award but must put together a 3-minute oral presentation.
  • 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 applicant’s career objectives in nutrition science or practice.
  • 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 selected to participate in a special oral session at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE.
  • 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.

Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition

Organized by the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee (MDAC)

Supported by DSM

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 2021 LIVE ONLINE.
  • 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Michelle Crispino, Director of Knowledge Initiatives

awards@nutrition.org