IAFP welcomes your nominations for our Association awards. You are not required to be an IAFP Member to nominate a deserving professional or colleague for one of our awards. We also encourage Members to apply for the IAFP Travel Award for State or Provincial Health or Agricultural Department Employees (North America only) and for the IAFP Travel Award for Food Safety Professionals in a Country with a Developing Economy to attend the IAFP Annual Meeting. Student Members are invited to submit an application for the Student Travel Scholarship Award to attend the IAFP Annual Meeting. Student Travel Scholarship criteria can be accessed on the Students page and below. Instructions to apply for each award are included in the criteria for the respective award.

Award nominations and applications are now closed for 2021. The deadline to apply for all awards and Student Travel Scholarships was Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

2021 Award Recipients

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  • Black Pearl Award

    Award Showcasing the Black Pearl. Presented in recognition of a company's outstanding achievement in corporate excellence in food safety and quality.

    Sponsored by: F&H Food Equipment Company 2021 Recipient: Mondelēz International

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  • Fellows Award

    Plaque. Presented to Member(s) who have contributed to IAFP and its Affiliates with distinction over an extended period of time.

    2021 Recipient: Jianghong Meng

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  • President's Lifetime Achievement Award

    Given at the discretion of the IAFP President to recognize an individual who has made a lasting impact on "Advancing Food Safety Worldwide" through a lifetime of professional achievement in food protection.

    2021 Recipient: Carl Custer

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  • Honorary Life Membership Award

    Plaque. The Honorary Life Membership Award recognizes IAFP members for their dedication to the high ideals and objectives of the International Association for Food Protection and for dedicated service to the Association. 

    2021 Recipients: Kenneth Anderson, Judy Greig, Mickey Parish, F. Tracy Schonrock, Edward Wellmeyer

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  • Harry Haverland Citation Award

    Plaque and $2,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for years of devotion to the ideals and objectives of IAFP.

    Sponsored by: Eurofins 2021 Recipient: Dale A. Grinstead

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  • Food Safety Innovation Award

    Plaque and $2,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual or organization for creating a new idea, practice, or product that has had a positive impact on food safety, thus, improving public health, and the quality of life.

    Sponsored by: Walmart 2021 Recipient: Hygiena

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  • International Leadership Award

    Plaque, $2,000 Honorarium and reimbursement to attend IAFP 2021. Presented to an individual for dedication to the high ideals and objectives of IAFP and for promotion of the mission of the Association in countries outside of the United States and Canada.

    Sponsored by: Food Safety Net Services (FSNS) 2021 Recipient: Terence L. T. Lau

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  • Food Safety Award

    Plaque and $2,000 Honorarium. This Award alternates between individuals and groups or organizations. In 2021, the award will be presented to a group or organization for highly significant food safety development or in recognition of a long history of outstanding contributions to food safety.

    Sponsored by: Consumer Brands Association (CBA) 2021 Recipient: The Center for Produce Safety

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  • Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award

    Plaque and $2,000 Honorarium. Presented to an individual, group or organization for preeminence and outstanding contributions in research that impacts food safety attributes of freezing.

    Sponsored by: Frozen Food Foundation 2021 Recipient: Shyam Sablani

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  • Institut Merieux Young Investigator Award in Antimicrobial Resistance

    Plaque and payment of €10,000 to support further research work by the laureate. Presented at the IAFP Annual Meeting to an active IAFP Member who has shown outstanding ability and professional promise as a researcher in food microbiology/food safety, focusing on antimicrobial resistance. 

    Sponsored by: Institut Merieux 2021 Recipient: Laura Carroll

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  • Maurice Weber Laboratorian Award

    Plaque and $2,000 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in the laboratory, recognizing a commitment to the development of innovative and practical analytical approaches in support of food safety.

    Sponsored by: The Fred and Elizabeth Weber Trust 2021 Recipient: Panagiotis N. Skandamis

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  • Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award

    Plaque and $2,000 Honorarium. Presented to a young researcher who has shown outstanding ability and professional promise in the early years of their career.

    Sponsored by: bioMérieux, Inc. 2021 Recipient: Laura K. Strawn

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  • James M. Jay Diversity in Food Safety Award

    The James M. Jay Diversity in Food Safety Award recognizes an active IAFP Member who has made significant contributions toward fostering diversity within food safety-related careers, activities, or research. The award consists of a plaque and a $2,500 honorarium.

    Sponsored by: 3M Food Safety 2021 Recipient: Armitra Jackson-Davis

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  • Ewen C.D. Todd Control of Foodborne Illness Award

    Plaque and $1,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for dedicated and exceptional contributions to the reduction of risks to foodborne illness.

    Sponsored by: Marler Clark Attorneys at Law 2021 Recipient: Craig W. Hedberg

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  • Sanitarian Award

    Plaque and $1,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP and the profession of the Sanitarian.

    Sponsored by: Sponsored by Ecolab Inc. 2021 Recipient: Richard Brouillette

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  • Educator-Industry Award

    In 1982, this award was split into the Educator Award and the Industry Awards.

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  • Elmer Marth Educator Award

    Plaque and $1,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP and the arena of education in food safety and food protection.

    Sponsored by: Nelson-Jameson, Inc. 2021 Recipient: Elizabeth A. Bihn

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  • Harold Barnum Industry Award

    Plaque and $1,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP and the food industry.

    Sponsored by: MERCK Animal Health 2021 Recipient: Melanie J. Neumann

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  • Ivan Parkin Lecturer

    The Ivan Parkin Lecture was established by the International Association for Food Protection in 1986 to honor individuals who have had a significant impact on the field of food safety.  Each year a prominent food safety leader is selected to deliver the Ivan Parkin Lecture at the Opening Session of IAFP’s Annual Meeting.

    The Association established the Lecture to honor Ivan Parkin, a Dairy Extension Specialist at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Parkin was the Association President in 1955 and he remained active in the Association for many years following his Presidency. Dr. Parkin served as an example to others as a loyal Member, a professional, and an educator dedicated to protecting the food supply.

    The Ivan Parkin Lecturer is selected by the President-Elect and approved by the Executive Board.

    2021 Recipient: Robert B. Gravani

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  • John H. Silliker Lecturer

    The John H. Silliker Lecture was established by Silliker Inc. (now Merieux NutriSciences) in 2004 to recognize the achievements of Dr. Silliker through the practical application of scientific principles to improve food protection.  The John H. Silliker Lecture provides an avenue for recognized experts to present important and timely information on topics of significance to food protection at the IAFP Annual Meeting.

    Dr. Silliker established Silliker Laboratories in 1967 and grew the network of laboratories to more than 70 locations in 18 countries.  Dr. Silliker was committed to making meaningful contributions to food safety outside the confines of his laboratory. He was an early proponent of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system; developed the revolutionary concept of using sponges to collect environmental samples in food plants; and testified at congressional hearings that resulted in the passage of landmark food safety legislation.

    The John H. Silliker Lecturer is selected by a committee including a representative from Merieux NutriSciences, the Program Committee Chairperson, and the IAFP President.

    2021 Recipient: Barbara J. Masters

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  • Travel Award for Food Safety Professionals in a Country with a Developing Economy

    Plaque and travel funds to attend the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Presented to food safety professionals working full-time in the field of food safety in a country with a developing economy.

    Click on the Make a Nomination button in the blue box below to complete your application form. Be sure to hit Submit Form when finished.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation 2021 Recipients: Kubir Nath Bhattarai, Titilayo Falade, Amin Olaimat

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  • Travel Award for Health or Agricultural Department Employees in North America

    Plaque and travel funds to attend the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Presented to city, county, state, or provincial health or agricultural department employees (epidemiologists, food and molecular microbiologists, and environmental health specialists) working in North America.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation 2021 Recipient: Jennifer Eberly

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  • Student Travel Scholarship

    Plaque and travel funds to attend the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. IAFP recognizes that students from around the world are the future leaders in the field of food safety. Since 2004, the IAFP Foundation has been dedicated to enhancing the career potential of exceptional students through the annual IAFP Student Travel Scholarship Program.

    Deadline to apply for the Student Travel Scholarship is Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

    Click on the Make a Nomination button in the blue box below to complete your application form. Be sure to hit Submit Form when finished.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation 2021 Recipients: Jessica Brown, Shiyu Cai, Bienvenido Cortes, Devin Daeschel, Adwoa Dankwa, Minh Duong, Marina Girbal, Sarah L. Jones, Karuna Kharel, Minji Kim, Brenda Moraa Kimang'a, Xingchen Liu, Ajay Mittal, Owade Joshua Ombaka, Solomon Rajkumar Racharla, Keshnee Reega, Anna Townsend, Joseph Wambui, Christina Wormald, Jiyoon Yi

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  • Peanut Proud Student Scholarship Award

    The Peanut Proud Student Scholarship Award Provides a $2,000 academic scholarship and travel funding for a U.S. graduate student in the field of food microbiology - and specifically in the area of and peanut butter food safety - to attend the Annual Meeting.  Peanut Proud is a nonprofit industry organization based in Georgia. 

    The criteria and instructions to apply are attached. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, April 30, 2021.

    Sponsored by: Peanut Proud 2021 Recipient: Daniel Vega

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  • J.Mac Goepfert Developing Scientists Awards

    Presented to students (enrolled or recent graduates) in the field of food safety research at accredited universities or colleges. Qualified individuals may enter either the technical or poster competition.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation 2021 Recipients: Karuna Kharel, Blanca Ruiz-Llacsahuanga, Francis Muchaamba, Erika Estrada, Sarah Engstrom, Kavya Gavai

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  • Undergraduate Student Award Competition

    Presented to two undergraduate students at accredited universities or colleges who have entered this poster competition, based on the criteria.

    Sponsored by: Supported by the International Association for Food Protection Foundation 2021 Recipients: Kasey Nelson, Ashley Cavallo

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  • President's Recognition Awards

    Etched glass paperweight-type award. This award is given at the discretion of the IAFP President to recognize an individual(s) for special effort, project, and contribution of time or expertise that resulted in the betterment of IAFP.

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  • C. B. Shogren Memorial Award

    Plaque and $500 Honorarium. Presented to the Affiliate demonstrating exceptional overall achievement in promoting the mission of the International Association for Food Protection ("to provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply").

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  • Samuel J. Crumbine Award

    From 1955 to 1966 two awards were given: the first for general environmental health, the second for food protection. From 1968 to 1973, the award was suspended due to a general lack of innovation in food protection programs during that period.

    Application deadline for this award was March 15, 2021.  Guidelines and information to apply for this award are at:  http://www.crumbineaward.com/samuel-crumbine-award.

    Sponsored by: The award is sponsored by the Conference for Food Protection (CFP), in cooperation with the American Academy of Sanitarians, American Public Health Association, Association of Food and Drug Officials, Food Marketing Institute, Foodservice Packaging Institute, International Association for Food Protection, National Association of County & City Health Officials, National Environmental Health Association, National Restaurant Association, NSF International, and Underwriters Laboratories

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  • John N. Sofos Most-cited JFP Research and Review Publication Awards

    These awards were established to recognize top researchers and high-quality research publications and reviews that contribute to the impact of JFP and the field of food safety. The awards are based upon the number of citations of a work by others for papers published five years prior. They are presented by the JFP Scientific Co-Editors at the Editorial Board Reception held each year at the IAFP Annual Meeting.

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  • JFP Most-downloaded Publication Award

    This award recognizes the most-downloaded Journal of Food Protection publication based on data from the JFP website. The award is presented by the JFP Scientific Co-Editors at the Editorial Board Reception held each year at the IAFP Annual Meeting.

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  • European Symposium Student Travel Scholarship

    The International Association for Food Protection offers this scholarship to support the travel of two qualified students to attend the IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety. Through generous contributions to the IAFP Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to two students residing in Europe and enrolled full-time in a college or university food safety-related degree program in Europe.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety will be held virtually in 2021. Therefore, this student scholarship will not be offered this year.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation

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  • European Symposium Student Award Competition

    Presented to two students at accredited universities or colleges who have entered this competition, based on the criteria.

    Sponsored by: Supported by the IAFP Foundation

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  • FPT Peer-Reviewed Research Most-downloaded Publication Award

    This award has been established to recognize notable research publications and reviews that contribute to the impact of FPT and the field of food protection.  The award is based upon the number of downloads for an FPT publication in the previous two years. The award is presented at the Editorial Board Reception. 

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  • FPT Peer-Reviewed Research Most-viewed Publication Award

    This award has been established to recognize notable research publications and reviews that contribute to the impact of FPT and the field of food protection.  The award is based upon the number of views for an FPT publication in a given year. The award is presented at the Editorial Board Reception. 

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  • FPT Peer-Reviewed Research Most-cited Publication Award

    This award has been established to recognize notable research publications and reviews that contribute to the impact of FPT and the field of food protection. The award is based upon the number of citations for an FPT publication in the previous two years. The award is presented at the Editorial Board Reception.

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  • FPT Most Viewed General Interest Publication Award

    This award has been established to recognize notable research publications and reviews that contribute to the impact of FPT and the field of food protection. The award is based upon the number of views for an FPT publication in the previous two years. The award is presented at the Editorial Board Reception.

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