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Industrial Scientist Award

Purpose: To honor an IFT-member industrial scientist or team of industrial scientist(s) who have made a major technical contribution to the advancement of the food industry.

Award: $3,000 honorarium and a plaque from IFT ( if a team wins each member of the team will receive a plaque and an equal share of the $3,000)

Eligibility: All team members must be IFT Members. Team nominations should identify those persons primarily responsible for the achievement. Team size is limited to a maximum of 5 persons. Team nominations should identify the role of each team member in accomplishment. Once a nomination is submitted, no additional team members may be added.

The nominee(s) must have made one or more major technical contributions to the advancement of the food industry while a member of an industrial food organization. The nominees' contribution must have had a significant, measurable impact in areas such as production; development of new products, processes, or packaging systems; improvement of food safety and nutrition, etc.

Food research in industry is generally a team approach, making it difficult to assign credit for an outstanding technical accomplishment to one person or a small group. Nevertheless, the nomination should identify the person(s) most responsible for making the project(s) a success. Part of this success is the direct benefit of the scientists' contribution to consumers and to the profession of food science and technology.

Special Instructions: The Nomination Statement must not be more than four typed pages.

Required Reading

Nomination Statement Requirements:

  • Not to exceed four typed pages
  • Include educational background, professional affiliations, honors, and appointments of nominee
  • List offices held (IFT, section, division) and dates; committees served on (IFT, section, division) and dates; and other IFT activities
  • Explain why this individual should receive this award (refer to the “Eligibility” section in the award description as shown below)

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