Society Awards and Grants

*Call for Nominations*

The AAIC calls on its members to submit nominations each year for any or all of the five different awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting.  Awards are not necessarily given each year. Remember, awards can only be given if the Awards Committee receives nominations. Please take time to nominate those you feel are deserving of special recognition of their work.

The awards are as follows:

1. A.E. Thompson Career Achievement Award

​This award was established to honor Dr. A.E. (Tommy) Thompson for his many achievements and lasting contributions to the AAIC and the development of industrial crops and products. This award is given to a person who throughout his or her career has made significant contributions to the development and/or utilization of industrial crops and/or products.

2. Outstanding Researcher Award

This award is given to a person who has conducted significant research in the field of industrial crops and/or products.

3. Gail H. Dahlquist Special Recognition Award

This award is given to a person who has effectively promoted the study and/or development of industrial crops and/or products.

4. AAIC Student of the Year Award

This award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student who has performed outstanding research in the field of industrial crops and/or products. The recipient will be presented with a special plaque and $100.

5. AAIC Best Paper/Poster Presentation Awards 

Each division will have the option of presenting a “Best Annual Meeting Paper Award” (certificate) for oral and poster presentations.  The awards chairs and committee will determine the winners.  There must be a minimum of three oral papers or posters presented in the division session for an award to be made.

6. AAIC Student Travel Grants

AAIC will award $500 travel grants to students conducting research with industrial crops to assist on expenses when attending the AAIC annual meeting.  Up to two awards will be given to each of the standing divisions in AAIC.  Applications should include; a brief application letter stating the student's current research and career goals, an abstract of the research being presented, and a letter of support from their major professor. The selected students will be required to give a 20 minute oral presentation during a division technical session at the annual conference. NOTE: Travel grants have been suspended for 2021. Applications are not being accepted.


Nominees need not be AAIC members.
The AAIC is an international association. Individuals from any country may be nominated.


The following must be included in the nomination package:

  1. A statement(s) describing the award for which the individual is being nominated and his or her contributions to the field of industrial crops and/or products.
  2. Substantiating evidence of the individual's contributions and qualifications for the award.
  3. A cover letter from the nominator and two additional letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee's achievements.


The completed nomination packet must be received by June 25, 2021.  Packets should be sent to:

Dr. Von Mark V. Cruz
Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
4140 W Harmon Rd.
Eloy, AZ 85122 USA
Phone: (520) 494-3687