This organization within AACCI was formed in 1994 for members who have an interest in cereal proteins.
Mission of the Protein Division:
The Protein Division provides a forum for scientists, engineers and technologists interested in all phases of protein chemistry as it affects the understanding, development and utilization of cereal protein products. Areas of interest include cereal proteins, their chemistry, their nutritive and biological properties and their development for food and industrial uses. The aim of the Division will be implemented through organizing sessions at meetings, networking and encouragement of students by awards.
(revised December 2016) (posted May 2016)
What does the Protein Division Do?
- The division presents a symposium at the AACCI Annual Meeting where invited scientists speak on cereal protein composition, structure and function.
- Various awards are sponsored to recognize scientists and students working in the area of cereal proteins
When does the Protein Division Meet?
Meetings are held at the AACCI Annual Meeting
Who are the Members of the Protein Division?
Any dues-paying member of AACCI who is interested in the area of cereal proteins is eligible for membership in the Division. AACCI professional, student, and life members are all welcome as division members.
How Do I Become a Member?
Division membership is offered when you join AACCI or when you renew your membership. Protein Division dues is $20 per calendar year for professional members and FREE to student members. If you are not a current division member but are interested in joining, please contact the current chair of the division you are interested in or AACCI staff member Denise Kessler.
Walter Bushuk Graduate Research Award Fund
Income generated from this fund will provide money for the recently established Walter Bushuk Research in Cereal Protein Chemistry Award. Instituted by the friends of Walter Bushuk and administered by the AACCI Protein Division, the Walter Bushuk Research in Cereal Protein Chemistry Award is designed to recognize students for their excellence in protein research. The award will be given annually if the committee finds a deserving AACCI student member who is pursuing a Ph.D. in an area of research utilizing cereal proteins.
To donate to the Walter Bushuk fund or for more information, please contact Perry Ng at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Protein Division chair.
The Protein Division proudly sponsors two awards for students working in the area of protein chemistry, in order to recognize their accomplishments, subsidize their trip to the AACCI Annual Meeting and publicize the field of protein chemistry.
Walter Bushuk Graduate Research Award in Cereal Protein Chemistry
Nomination forms are due January 1, in the year in which the award is sought.
The AACC International Walter Bushuk Graduate Research Award in Cereal Protein Chemistry for Ph.D. Students is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in basic and/or applied research in cereal protein chemistry.
This award recognizes research relevant to the broad aims of AACCI The research can be either fundamental/basic (such as improved understanding of structure-function relationships) or applied (such as development of new products, processes, techniques).
The awardee will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and a plaque, and will be required to present a lecture at the AACCI annual meeting of the year in which the award is given. The award will be given only if the Walter Bushuk Graduate Research Award Committee determines that an award should be conferred for that particular year.
Past award recipients:
2008: Ramakanth Jonnala
2011: Ine Rombouts
2012: Mehtap Fevzioglu
2014: Silvia Thanhäuser
2015: Marlies Lambrecht
2016: Maneka Malalgoda
Best Student Paper and Best Student Poster Award
The Division selects the best protein chemistry papers presented by a student at the AACCI Annual Meeting each year. The Protein Division Best Student Paper Awards consists of an engraved plaque, an honorarium, and recognition at the annual meeting. The Best Student Poster Award consists of an engraved plaque, an honorarium, and recognition at the annual meeting.
Past award recipients:
2015 Best Student Paper: Lomme J. Deleu, KU Leuven, Belgium
2015 Best Student Poster: Nina Gisella Heredia-Sandoval, Research Center in Food & Development, Mexico