IFT Fellows Nomination Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the IFT Fellows Program and nomination process. Nominations for the 2017 Class of IFT Fellows are now closed!  Please review the below guidelines and steps to nominate. Nominations were due February 1, 2017.

In accordance with the membership vote that was concluded on March 2nd, 2017, IFT’s membership voted to approve a new membership model. Following the vote, updates will need to be made to IFT’s Fellows Program. IFT will reconvene a Fellows Task Force to review The IFT Fellows Program requirements and recommend updates to IFT’s Board of Directors.

Fellow Nomination Guidelines:

The very first IFT Fellows were awarded in 1970. Since then, this unique professional distinction has been given each year to individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the fields of food science and food technology.

The IFT Fellow designation is an honor bestowed upon an IFT member by their peers, recognizing exemplary achievement in the science of food profession. In a given year, no more than 0.3 percent of the professional membership is eligible, and even fewer than that will earn this honor.

The nomination of a Fellow should include evidence for exemplary accomplishments in the areas of scholarly advancement, service to the food science and technology profession, inspiration of others to excel in the food science and technology field, primary responsibility for the success of a new food product, and improvement of the human condition via food science and technology.

A revised nomination form has been developed to offer more descriptive guidance to nominators to ensure the nominee’s accomplishments are highlighted and articulated through the nomination statement. Please consider the importance of detailing achievements and impact of the nominee’s work, rather than simply bullet pointing work history.  

We look forward to celebrating the new class of Fellows at IFT17 in Las Vegas in June 2017 during our annual Award Celebration and the Fellows Recognition Forum.

The Fellows Task Force has provided an additional FAQ resource for the 2017 nomination process.

In the event of conflicting information, this web page is most up to date and applies to the 2017 Fellows Nomination process.

Qualifications and Criteria

Election as an IFT Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred only on a living person with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for overall contributions in the field of food science and technology. 

The nominee must be a professional member who has been a member of IFT for at least 15 years.

The nominee must be active in the profession for at least 15 years and attained distinction as measured by performance over at least 10 of these years. The Nomination Statement should summarize the outstanding accomplishments that justify election as an IFT Fellow.

As you complete the nomination, please consider the importance of specifying achievements, rather than simply listing work history.  It is critical to be descriptive to share impact of nominee’s work and influence within the profession

How to Nominate

  1. You must be an IFT member who is not a current Fellow jury member. Members of the IFT Student Association may also submit nominations.

  2. Nominee is qualified as outlined under the Qualifications and Criteria as listed above.

  3. Complete the 2017 Fellows Nomination Form (PDF) and save to your computer. 

  4. Write a Nomination Statement, addressing each component outlined on the 2017 Fellows Nomination Form. Limit statements to four pages with 1 inch margins 11 or 12 point font.  All material exceeding four pages will not be reviewed by the jury.

  5. One reference letter completed by an IFT Fellow is required. See the Reference tab below for full requirements. 

Reconsideration of Nominees

If your nominee is not elected a Fellow you may re-nominate in a subsequent year. There is no automatic resubmission. Ineligible nominations will be returned and late nominations may be considered in later years.

The jury will evaluate nominee's submissions based on the following criteria:

Impact to the profession (55%)

Please document and describe three or more of the following achievements (a-k):

a) Exceptional market or consumer impact of projects and products

b) Stellar achievements and management of food industry research and development

c) Recognized innovation in product and process development

d) Outstanding achievements in implementing food safety, quality, and environmental management systems

e) Significant food policies that were implemented, improved, or invented

f) Original research with major impact on the academic, industrial, or regulatory world

g) Innovative food science programs created, improved, or implemented

h) Exemplary communication or educational achievements that improve the understanding of food

i) An outstanding reputation among recognized leaders not in the discipline of food science

j) Creative ideas that are now widely implemented

k) Global impact of above achievements

Exceptional service to IFT (30%)

Please document and describe one or more (a-c) of the following actions by this nominee:

a) How was IFT served (divisions, sections, committees, task forces, etc.)?

b) For nominations outside of the United States, how were partner professional scientific societies or organizations served?

c) How was the mission, strategic plan, and core values of IFT or the profession of food science and technology advanced?

Honors, awards, recognition and leadership (10%)

Please document and describe any of the following:

a) Major awards and significance of each (please do not list presentations or conferences).

b) Appointments to or leadership of major local, federal, or international decision making bodies.

c) Achievements on governing boards, directorships, or advisory groups.


Reference from a current IFT Fellow (5%)

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2017

Use the reference letter template (DOC) to complete a two-page or less letter from a current IFT Fellow which should include duration and details of any relationship with the nominee. [Click here to view the list of IFT Fellows]

This letter is emailed directly to IFT by the reference letter writer and may not be reviewed by the nominee or by the nominator

IFT Fellow reference writers, please provide a critical quality evaluation for the election of IFT Fellows.  Consider carefully the credentials of this nominee, and provide the rationale for your recommendation based on your professional knowledge of the nominee. 

To advance your nomination to the Fellows Jury, IFT must receive ONE reference from a current IFT Fellow. Additional letters will not be reviewed by the jury.

Email reference letters to: upload.2015_Fe.0chaujpqb2@u.box.com 


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