The Young Scientist Research Award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in basic and applied research to cereal science with the expectation that contributions will continue. This award recognizes research relevant to the broad aims and interests of Cereals & Grains Association. The research can be either basic (such as improved understanding of structure-function relationships) or applied (such as development of new products, processes, techniques, etc.) and nominees may be from government, academia, or industry. Evidence of accomplishments can include awards, publications, and invitations to lecture, patents, and commercialized foods, processes, and/or testing procedures. The research will be evaluated based on impact on advancing cereal science knowledge or improved production or utilization.
Nominees must be no older than 40 years by June 1 of the year the award is sought, but nominations of younger scientists are particularly encouraged. The nominee must also be a Cereals & Grains Association member. Achievements will be considered in relation to the age and experience of the nominee. The recipient will be encouraged to present a lecture at the Cereals & Grains Association meeting of the year in which the award is given. In his or her career, a person can only receive either the Young Scientist Research Award or the Cereals & Grains Association Biotechnology Division Bruce Wasserman Young Investigator Award.
Submit nominations using the online form found on the awards page. The nomination process is open from November-January.
Nomination packets should include the following:
- A cover letter addressed to Cereals & Grains Association headquarters describing why the nominee is worthy of consideration for the stated award
- At least two and not more than five supporting letters
- Curriculum vitae
- List of publications
- Nominations should address the activities most relevant to the award, with a clear statement of the impact the nominee has had in his/her specific area of expertise.