Awards & Honors: American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Professional Awards

The American Society of Animal Science fosters the discovery, sharing, and application of scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well-being.

Items marked highly prestigious or prestigious have been identified as such by the National Research Council (NRC).


Deadline: March 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM CDT
Link: https://www.asas.org/membership-services/national-awards

List of Awards

Individual award rules and regulations will vary. Please click here to view full details for each award.

Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award (Award given every 3 years)

  • Purpose: To recognize excellence in mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in research in the area of lactation and endocrinology of domestic animals.
  • Eligibility for Nomination: The quality mentoring of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows as evidenced by publication, with students or fellows as senior authors, of basic and/or applied research. The research published will be recognized as contributing to knowledge in lactation biology and endocrinology of domestic animals. The Award will be based on the quality of the nominee’s graduate education and research program. Quality will be judged on evidence of use of statements of hypotheses, use of appropriate experimental design, use of appropriate tests of hypotheses for detection of significant differences, and clear presentation of results. Emphasis will be based on quality rather than quantity of work presented and on its relationship to the philosophy of H.A. Tucker as expressed in his paper in the Journal of Animal Science 66: 66-67, 1988.

American Feed Industry Association Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research (prestigious)

  • Purpose: To stimulate research excellence in the nutrition of ruminant animals.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • Work must be original and concerned with ruminant nutrition. Review articles will not be considered.
    • Research work published in the 10 years immediately preceding the year recognition is given will be eligible for consideration.
    • The research upon which the nomination is based must be different from that submitted for the ADSA American Feed Industry Association Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research when the nominee is a previous winner of or a candidate for the ADSA AFIA Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research.

American Feed Industry Association Award in Non-Ruminant Nutrition Research (prestigious)

  • Purpose: To stimulate research excellence in the nutrition of nonruminant animals.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • Work must be original and concerned with nonruminant nutrition. Review articles will not be considered.
    • Research work published in the 10 years immediately preceding the year recognition is given will be eligible for consideration.
    • The research upon which the nomination is based must be different from that submitted for the PSA American Feed Industry Association Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research when the nominee is a previous winner of or a candidate for the PSA AFIA Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research.

ASAS Retiree Service Award

  • Purpose: Animal scientists, who continue their service to the Society after they retire from their primary professional career position, contribute valuable knowledge and experience to the Society. Exemplary service in this capacity should be encouraged and recognized by a formal award.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • At least three (3) consecutive years of membership in ASAS after retirement from the primary professional career position (or three consecutive years in the “retiree” membership category) must have elapsed immediately prior to the due date of nomination submission for the individual to be eligible for this award.
    • Primary award criteria involve service to ASAS, the affiliated sections, the ASAS Foundation and other ASAS activities by serving as officers, board members, standing or special committee members, meeting or symposia planners, etc. Pre-retirement activities or achievements are not considered for this award. This award is specifically intended to recognize service to ASAS, not the livestock industry.

ASAS Early Career Achievement Award

  • Purpose: To recognize achievement of young scholars working toward the mission of the ASAS: “The American Society of Animal Science fosters the discovery, sharing, and application of scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well-being.”
  • Eligibility for Nomination: To be eligible the candidate must have completed their most recent degree within the past 10 years at the time of nomination. There are no restrictions on country of residence. Candidates do not have to be current members of ASAS, but their programs must serve the mission of ASAS.

Animal Growth and Development Award (prestigious)

  • Purpose: To stimulate research excellence in animal growth and development.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • Conduct of basic or applied research in any phase of growth or development of animals.
    • Original research published within 10 years preceding the year of the award will be eligible for consideration.

Animal Industry Service Award

  • Purpose: To stimulate a high level of service to the animal industry and to recognize those members who have distinguished themselves in service to the animal industry.
  • Eligibility for Nomination: Distinguished service to the animal industry.

Animal Management Award (prestigious)

  • Purpose: To stimulate research excellence in biological or production management and to recognize those who have made significant contributions to production management.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • Nominees shall have conducted basic or applied research in animal behavior, environmental science, economics or other biological or production management. Publications in the 10 years immediately preceding the year of recognition will be eligible for consideration, or
    • Nominees shall have made significant contributions to production management, including contributions to identifying and alleviating world problems in animal production.

Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award (prestigious)

  • Purpose: To stimulate research excellence in physiology and endocrinology.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • Conduct of basic or applied research in physiology and endocrinology with all classes of large and small animals.
    • Research work published in the 10 years immediately preceding the year of recognition will be eligible for consideration.

Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award

  • Purpose: To recognize and stimulate distinguished service to animal agriculture in the developing areas of the world.
  • Eligibility for Nomination: The nominee shall have made a meritorious scientific contribution by way of teaching, research or other service to animal agriculture in one or more of the developing areas of the world over a period of five or more years. Particular attention will be paid to the long-time effects of the contributions.

Corbin Companion Animal Biology Award (prestigious)

  • Purpose: To recognize and stimulate research and/or teaching excellence in companion animal biology.
  • Eligibility for Nomination: The nominee shall have made a meritorious scientific contribution by way of teaching, research or other service to companion animal nutrition or some other aspect of companion animal biology over a period of five or more years. Particular attention will be paid to the long-term effects of the contributions.

Distinguished Teacher Award

  • Purpose: Recognition of distinguished teachers of undergraduate and/or graduate courses in animal science.
  • Eligibility for Nomination: Be currently employed in teaching at the time of nomination, and to have been actively teaching for a period of not less than 8 years. This does not exclude section heads, department heads, or deans, providing they were also personally engaged in undergraduate and/or graduate classroom teaching during the school year. If disability or retirement is involved, nominees must have engaged in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching within 36 months prior to January 1 of the year in which presentation of the award is made.

Equine Science Award

  • Purpose: To recognize outstanding achievement in the areas of extension, research, teaching or agribusiness in the equine industry.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • To be eligible the candidate must be a current member of ESS and ASAS and a member of both associations for the past three years.
    • Candidate’s accomplishments must have served the missions of ESS and ASAS in discover, dissemination, and/or application of knowledge that has benefitted the equine industry.
    • Area of achievement may be in extension, research, teaching and/or agribusiness as it related directly to the equine industry.

Extension Award

  • Purpose: To stimulate outstanding achievements in animal science extension.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • A nominee must have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions in animal science extension. Contributions may be in initiation and development of programs and projects in animal production or utilizable products of the animals. Extension teams are eligible for this award.
    • The nominee must be living and have been actively engaged in extension, for at least ten years immediately prior to nomination, in a State (Provincial) or Federal Extension Service with at least 25% of professional activity devoted to extension programs.

Fellow Awards

  • Purpose: To recognize distinguished service to animal science and the livestock industry over a long period of time.
  • Eligibility for Nomination: Persons who have rendered very distinguished service to the animal industry and/or to the American Society of Animal Science and had continuous membership in the Society for a minimum of twenty-five (25) years, and who are in good standing in the Society, are eligible.
  • Selection: Maximum of ten Fellows awarded each year. Fellows are nominated in one of the five following categories: Teaching, Research, Extension, Administration and Industry. There will be at least one Fellow awarded in each category unless the committee deems that there are no deserving candidates nominated in a specific category.

Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Minerals

  • Purpose: To recognize excellence in research dealing with mineral nutrition of livestock.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • Nominee shall have conducted basic or applied research in the area of mineral nutrition.
    • Original research published during the nominee’s lifetime with emphasis on the 10- year period preceding the year of the award.
    • Previous recipients of the ASAS Gustav Bohstedt Award for Research in Minerals are not eligible for consideration.

E. Casida Award (Award given every 3 years)

  • Purpose: To recognize excellence in the education of graduate and/or post-doctoral students to conduct research in the area of reproductive physiology and endocrinology.
  • Eligibility for Nomination: The quality education of graduate and/or post-doctoral students as evidenced by publication, with students as senior authors, of basic and/or applied research. The research published will be recognized as contributing to knowledge in reproductive physiology and endocrinology. The Award will be based on the quality of the nominee’s graduate education and research program. Quality will be judged on evidence of use of statements of hypotheses, use of appropriate experimental design, use of appropriate tests of hypotheses for detection of significant differences, and clear presentation of results. Emphasis will be based on quality rather than quantity of work presented and on its relationship to the philosophy of L. E. Casida as expressed in his paper in the Journal of Animal Science (25:1236-1239, 1966).

Meats Research Award (prestigious)

  • Purpose: To stimulate research excellence in meat science.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • Completion of either basic or applied research in any phases of Meat Science.
    • Research work published in the 10 years immediately preceding the year recognition is to be given will be eligible for consideration.

The Morrison Award (highly prestigious)

  • Purpose: To stimulate research excellence of direct importance to livestock production.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • To be eligible for the Morrison Award a nominee shall have made a meritorious scientific contribution or discovery in research in the field of animal science.
    • Total accomplishment in a certain field as well as research relating to any particular problem may be the basis of the nomination for the award and such work shall be considered in determining recipients.
    • Winners of the Morrison Award shall not subsequently be eligible for other Society awards except the Fellow Award and the Retiree Service Award.

The Rockefeller Prentice Memorial Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics (prestigious)

  • Purpose: To stimulate research excellence in breeding and genetics.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • Research is based on basic or applied research in breeding and genetics with any class of large or small animals.
    • All original research published by the nominee is eligible for consideration in selection of the awardees.
    • The research upon which the nomination is based must be different from that submitted for the ADSA Animal Breeding Award if the nominee is a previous winner or a candidate for the ADSA Animal Breeding Award.

Special Board of Directors Awards

  • Individuals who are not members of ASAS, but who have made particularly significant contributions to animal agriculture, may be recognized by the Board of Directors by presentation of the Distinguished Support of Animal Science Award or the Basic Biological Science Award at the annual meeting of the Society. These awards are not presented annually but will be given at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Distinguished Support of Animal Science Award

  • Purpose: To stimulate contributions to animal science and the livestock industry by persons in industry or government.
  • Eligibility for Nomination:
    • Major contributions to the field of Animal Science and/or livestock industry.
    • Documented accomplishments in service, regulatory or legislative activities.
    • Willingness to present a lecture at the annual meeting of the American Society of Animal Science.
    • Must be nominated by a member of the American Society of Animal Science.
    • The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Animal Science.

General Nomination Guidelines

  1. All award nominations must be made online at the following site: https://app.wizehive.com/apps/login/asasnationalawards
  2. Any member of the American Society of Animal Science except Officers, members of the Board of Directors and members of the Awards Committees may make nominations. Self-nominations are not permitted. Nominees must be living at the time of the nomination.
  3. Eligibility for awards requires Society membership for three consecutive years including the current year. Fellows are eligible to receive subsequent awards without payment of annual dues. Retired members are eligible if they were eligible at the time of retirement and meet the specific requirements of the award for which they are nominated. Serving as an ASAS Officer or Board Member does not preclude eligibility for any award. However, the nominee will be excluded from any role in the selection process. All members meeting eligibility requirements are eligible for all awards except that previous winners cannot be renominated for the same award and winners of the Morrison Award are not eligible for any other award except the Fellow Award and the Retiree Service Award.
  4. Nominations are to be submitted electronically on the web site by the published deadline. Nominations made in one year will not be automatically carried over to the next year.
  5. Where lists of publications are requested, they should be listed in chronological order and grouped according to (a) refereed publications, (b) abstracts, (c) technical publications, etc., using the format specified in the most recent style guide for publication in the Journal of Animal Science.
  6. Copies of publications authored by the nominee should not be submitted unless requested by the awards committee.
  7. Supporting letters should not be solicited or submitted and will not be accepted unless requested in the rules for a specific award.
  8. Two or more persons may be co-nominated to share any of the awards except Teaching, Fellow and Casida awards.
  9. Submitted nominations that do not conform to the required format or contain materials beyond those called for will not be considered.
  10. Solicitation on behalf of any nominee is unacceptable and should be brought to the attention of the President-Elect.
  11. A nominator may nominate a candidate for only one award per year with exception of Fellow Award.
  12. No individual may win more than one award in one year with the exception of the Fellow Award. The Executive Committee shall resolve any conflict resulting from a nominee being selected for more than one award. The President-Elect will inform the appropriate Committee Chairs of the conflict and of action taken.

If you require assistance with assembling an application for this award, please contact Lauren Sisko in the Office of Research at lsisko@uga.edu.