Recognizing outstanding contributions to the nutrition community

The ASN and ASN Foundation awards program honors scientists, clinicians and scholars for significant achievements in nutrition research and practice.

Each year, the ASN Foundation’s awards program recognizes outstanding scientists, clinicians and scholars for significant contributions to nutrition research, education and practice.

Congratulations to the 2021 honorees who were honored at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE, ASN’s flagship meeting which was held virtually from June 7-10, 2021!

The Call for Nominations/Applications for 2022 Awards will be announced in late 2021.
Click here for a historical list of honorees.

CRN and ASNF Scholars Program (CASP)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 17, 2021

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and ASN Foundation are pleased to provide study enrichment for up and coming nutrition professionals.

The CRN and ASNF Scholars Program (CASP) will provide five ASN student members with educational awards to virtually attend this year’s Council for Responsible Nutrition “Science in Session” annual event which will be held on October 19, 2021.

For the “Science in Session” agenda, please visit


  • Application Deadline: September 17, 2021
  • Notifications Sent By: September 30, 2021

The following information will be required during the application process:

  • Confirmation of ASN membership
  • Degree in progress and expected year of completion
  • Area of study
  • Personal statement of applicant’s educational and career objectives and how participation in this opportunity would benefit personal goals (no more than 3,500 characters not including spaces)
  • Prior involvement with ASN (e.g., volunteer leadership position(s), abstracts presented, manuscripts submitted)
  • Current cumulative GPA
  • Required upload: Current resume or CV (PDF)

Please contact with any questions.

2021 ASN Foundation Honorees

Our awards span numerous areas of nutrition, targeting young, mid-career and senior investigators. Congratulations to the 2021 award recipients who were honored during NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE, ASN’s flagship meeting, which was held virtually from June 7-10, 2021.

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

Other Awards

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

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

ASN Class of 2021 Fellows

To be inducted as a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition is the highest honor that the Society bestows. Scientists who have had distinguished careers in the field of nutrition and are at least sixty-five years of age are eligible for consideration.

The ASN Class of 2021 Fellows were recognized during NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE which was held virtually from June 7-10, 2021. Members of this year’s class join more than 400 other ASN Fellows who have been recognized since the program began in 1952.

  • Susan Carlson, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Michael Clandinin, PhD, University of Alberta
  • Rebecca Costello, PhD, NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
  • Teresa Davis, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Ralph Green, MD, PhD, University of California Davis
  • Rachel Johnson, PhD, RD, University of Vermont
  • Samuel Klein, MD, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Mary R. L’Abbé, CM, PhD, University of Toronto
  • Michael McBurney, PhD, University of Guelph
  • David McCarron, MD, The Oregon Health and Sciences University (1977-2001) and University of California Davis (2001-2018)
  • Neil Shay, PhD, Oregon State University
  • Helmut Sies, MD, PhD, MD, FRCP, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  • Maret Traber, PhD, Linus Pauling Institute / Oregon State University
  • Katherine Tucker, PhD, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Funding Opportunities

Congratulations to the recipients of the ASN Foundation’s 2021 fellowships, scholarships and funding opportunities:

Herbalife Nutrition Scholarship Recipient

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

Mars, Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship

Supported by Mars, Inc.
Cynthia Klobodu, MBChB, MPH, Drexel University

The Gerber Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Endowed by The Gerber Foundation
Akriti Shrestha, MS, RN, Syracuse University

Science Policy Fellowships

Organized by the ASN Committee on Advocacy and Science Policy
Heather E. Schier, MS, The Ohio State University
Jessica Garay (formerly Redmond), PhD, RDN, CSCS, FAND, Syracuse University

Award Competitions and Travel Funding Opportunities for Students and Young Investigators

Earn honors to boost your CV and compete for cash prizes by submitting your research to NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE!

Opportunities include the following:

  • Clinical Emerging Leader Award Oral Competition
  • Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition
  • George Bray Obesity Research Student Awards
  • Global Nutrition Early Career Scholar Award
  • Graduate Student Research Award Competition
  • Nutrition Translation Award Competition for Early Career Investigators
  • Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition
    Student Awards
  • Student Interest Group (SIG) Travel Award
  • Postdoctoral Research Award Competition
  • Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition

Applications are submitted during abstract submission for ASN’s annual meeting. The application deadline has passed.

More Information

ASN Class of 2020 Fellows

For more information about the ASN Class of 2020 Fellows, please click here.

2020 ASN Foundation Honorees

The ASN and ASN Foundation awards program honors scientists, clinicians and scholars for significant achievements in nutrition research and practice.

Congratulations to the award recipients in the following categories for their outstanding achievement:

2020 Senior Investigator Awards

2020 Mid-Career and Young Investigator Awards

2020 Additional Awards