Top researchers, clinicians and educators will be recognized for their outstanding contributions virtually this year during NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and the ASN Foundation are proud to announce the 2021 recipients of its scientific achievement awards.

“The 2021 ASN award recipients are an esteemed group of scientists whose contributions and dedication to advancing nutrition research, education and practice are inspiring,” stated ASN President, Lindsay Allen, PhD. “We are thrilled to shine the light on our members’ remarkable achievements.”

As previously announced, due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and uncertainty around travel restrictions, the ASN Board of Directors made the decision to host Nutrition 2021 as an interactive, engaging, and safe virtual event: NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE, June 7–10.  

In lieu of in-person recognition, ASN will celebrate both 2020 and 2021 award winners virtually leading up to and during NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE.  Connect with ASN across all social media platforms to stay up to date on all festivities surrounding the world’s largest online gathering of nutrition professionals #NutritionLiveOnline.

We are thrilled to shine the light on our members’ remarkable achievements.

ASN President, Lindsay Allen, PhD
Senior Investigator Lectureships

George Bray Outstanding Scientific Achievements Award in Obesity Research
Endowed by Dr. George W. Bray and his wife Marilyn Bray
Eric Ravussin, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Gilbert A. Leveille Lectureship and Award|
Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD, Nutrition Research Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mid-Career Awards

Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award in Global Nutrition
Supported by the Sight and Life Foundation
Alison Gernand, PhD, MPH, RD, The Pennsylvania State University

Young Investigator Awards

Bio-Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition
Supported by Bio-Serv Inc.
Andrew Steelman, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

E.L.R. Stokstad Award
Endowed by the Stokstad Family
Aditi Das, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mead Johnson Award
Endowed by Mead Johnson Pediatric Nutrition Institute
Hannah D. Holscher, PhD, RD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award
Supported by the Council for Responsible Nutrition
Nancy E. Moran, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine

Norman Kretchmer Award in Nutrition and Development
Taren Swindle, PhD University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Vernon Young International Award for Amino Acid Research
Endowed by Ajinomoto Co., Inc
Marlou Dirks, PhD, University of Exeter

Scholarships and Fellowships

ASN Predoctoral Fellowship: Mars, Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship
Supported by Mars, Inc.
Cynthia Klobodu, MBChB, MPH, Drexel University

ASN Predoctoral Fellowship: The Gerber Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Endowed by the Gerber Foundation
Akriti Shrestha, MS, RN, Syracuse University

Herbalife Nutrition Scholarship
Supported by Herbalife Nutrition
M. Alan Dawson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, Florida State University

Science Policy Fellowships
Heather E. Schier, MS, The Ohio State University
Jessica Garay (formerly Redmond), PhD, RDN, CSCS, FAND, Syracuse University 

Other Awards

ASN Industry Recognition Award
Andrea W. Wong, PhD, Council for Responsible Nutrition

ASN’s Understanding Nutritional Science Video Competition
To be announced, learn more at:

ASN Volunteer of the Year Award
Presented to the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee (MDAC)
Sonia Vega-López, PhD, Arizona State University, MDAC Chair
Stavros Kavouras, PhD, Arizona State University
Deshanie Rai, PhD, FACN, OmniActive Health Technologies
Nadine R. Sahyoun, PhD, RDN, University of Maryland, College Park
April Stull, PhD, RDN, FAND, Baylor University
Margarita Teran-Garcia, MD, PhD, FTOS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lisa M. Troy, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Korean Nutrition Society (KNS) Award
Christos S. Mantzoros, MD, DSc, Harvard Medical School

Milton L. Sunde Award
Endowed by the Sunde Family
Simone Passarelli, MS, PhD, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health