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Trailblazer Award & Lectureship

Eat Right. Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsPurpose:  To honor exceptional leaders who have advanced the science at the nexus of nutrition or dietetics and food science for a least five (5) years.  This award is conferred upon a leader, preferably a joint member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Institute of Food Technologists, who has demonstrated innovative contributions to improved health among underserved populations through at least one aspect of food science and technology, and has exhibited intellectual courage in research, instruction and/or communication at this intersection.

Sponsor:  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Award:  $2,500 and a plaque

The lecture will be delivered each year, with the venue alternating between the IFT (even years) and the Academy (odd years) annual meetings.  The lecture should be 45 minutes in length in order to create continuity with the rest of the scientific program.  Individuals are limited to receiving the award once (either from the Academy or IFT).

The award recipient will receive complimentary registration for the Academy’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, or the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®, complimentary lodging (at the meeting headquarters’ venue)  and meals for three (3) nights and four (4) days during the recipients award meeting.  The recipient will receive one-year complimentary membership to either the Academy or IFT (if the recipient is not already a member) or one year complimentary dues to one of the organizations (if the recipient is a member of both).

Eligibility:  Candidates for the award need to 1. be a member of the Academy or IFT; 2. have at least five years since receiving his/her last academic degree; 3. demonstrate and document impact of contributions at the food science and nutrition nexus;  4. demonstrate and document inspirational leadership among colleagues and collaborators. 

Members of the Boards of Directors of either the Academy or IFT at the time of selection and/or presentation are not eligible to receive this award.  Members of these Boards of Directors are eligible to receive this award three (3) years after completing their terms of service.  Current Academy and IFT staff are not eligible to receive this award.

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)

Rules, Policy & Juries