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Nomination Rules

Rules for All IFT Achievement Awards

  1. A Nominee must be an IFT member in good standing (dues paid) for award year. IFT membership is recommended but not required for the Industrial Achievement Award, Marcel Loncin Research Prize, Gil Leveille Award and the Trailblazer Award.
     
  2. The nominee must not have received another IFT Achievement Award (but may have been elected an IFT Fellow or received the Marcel Loncin Research Prize) within the previous three years.
     
  3. An individual is not allowed to win the same award or prize more than once.
     
  4. Any non-student IFT member can make a nomination with four exceptions.
    (1) Nominations or letters may not come from a juror serving on the same jury.
    (2) A person cannot self-nominate
    (3) A person may nominate their own company for the Industrial Achievement Award.
    (4) Student members can nominate for the Cruess Award.
     
  5. The nomination and any supporting material must be submitted together and be received by IFT no later than December 1.
     
  6. The nomination is handled in confidence. The identity of the awards jury members is confidential.
     
  7. Unsuccessful nominations may be resubmitted with updated nomination form.
     
  8. All material in excess of specified page limits will not be given to the jury. Letters of support from Sections and Divisions are included in these limits.
     
  9. In any year in which none of the nominees meet the criteria, an award may not be presented.
     
  10. When two or more people nominate the same person for the same award, the nominators will be contacted and asked to combine their nominations and submit a single nomination to the jury. If there is not enough time to do this, the first nomination received will be sent to the jury for consideration.
     
  11. For additional eligibility criteria please refer to the specific award details on ift.org

Reference Letter Instructions

Reference Letter Instructions (Except for the Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award and  William V. Cruess Award. Please see those awards for special instructions.)

  1. Select a reference for your nominee who is personally and professionally acquainted with the nominee and have them complete a reference letter on their own professional letterhead.
  2. The letter should state why the nominee deserves to win the award based on the person’s professional knowledge of the nominee.
  3. The reference letter can be submitted at the same time of the nomination or by the person writing the reference letter at a later time.
  4. Once the reference completes the reference letter, they can e-mail it as an attachment to the appropriate e-mail listed on the nomination page for the specific award. References contained in the email body will not be accepted. 
  5. Members of the Jury (whose names are kept confidential) for the Award you are submitting a nomination and IFT staff members are not eligible to serve as references. If we receive a Reference Letter from an ineligible person, we will notify you (if time permits).
  6. It is your responsibility to ensure the reference submits the reference letter by December 1. In order to give the reference adequate time, it is recommended that you contact the reference by mid-September and give them instructions for submitting the reference letter.
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