• AWARDS

AChemS Annual Awards


AChemS offers a number of awards that recognize the accomplishments of our members at several stages of their careers and that support the participation of students and postdocs. AChemS relies on its membership to identify those who are particularly deserving of recognition. Please nominate a deserving candidate for one of the awards listed below. Click on each award title to learn more about eligibility requirements, deadlines, and further required documentation. Please contact the Executive Office at 847-503-0665 or info@achems.org with any questions.

To see past award winners, click here.


Michael Meredith, PhD
2017 Max Mozell Awardee

Awards for Senior Investigators

The MAX MOZELL AWARD for Outstanding Achievement in the Chemical Senses is intended to recognize the accomplishments of a senior scientist working in the chemical senses. The research record should provide evidence of excellence and contributions that have a major impact on research in the chemical senses.

Awards for Mid-Career Investigators

The following awards are granted to members of AChemS who received their doctoral degree 15 or fewer years prior to the year of the award. Click on the name of each award for additional details on eligibility requirements and how to nominate candidates for these prestigious awards.


Kathrin Ohla, PhD
2017 Ajinomoto Awardee

The BARRY JACOBS MEMORIAL AWARD for Research in the Psychophysics of Human Taste and Smell is awarded to an outstanding junior scientist whose research record provides evidence of excellence and the promise to emerge as a leader in the field.

The AJINOMOTO AWARD for Young Investigators in Gustation or Oral Chemosensation is awarded to an outstanding junior scientist whose research record provides evidence of excellence and contributions that have had or are likely to have a major impact on research in the field of gustation.

The ACHEMS YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARDfor Research in Olfaction or Nasal Chemosensation is awarded to an outstanding junior scientist whose research record should provide evidence of excellence and contributions that have had or are likely to have a major impact on research in the field of olfaction. 

Click here for Re-Nomination Guidelines for the above awards.

Awards for Postdoctoral/Young Investigators


2017 Polak Young Investigator Awardees
The following awards are granted to AChemS members who have received their doctoral degree 10 or fewer years prior to the year of the award. These awards are self-nominated. Click on the name of each award for additional details on eligibility requirements.

The POLAK YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD recognizes 5-6 young investigators within 10 years of their doctoral degree based upon the scientific merit of their abstract submission to the AChemS Annual Meeting. 

The POLAK POSTDOCTORAL TRAVEL AWARDS are given to up to 5 postdoctoral researchers to encourage innovative science at the AChemS Annual Meeting. 

Awards for Students

The following awards are granted to AChemS members who are graduate or undergraduate students. These awards are self-nominated. Click on the name of each award for additional details on eligibility requirements.


Meredith Blankenship
2016 Don Tucker Memorial Awardee

The DON TUCKER MEMORIAL AWARD for Graduate Student Research recognizes an outstanding presentation made by a graduate student at the AChemS Annual Meeting.

The ACHEMS AWARD FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHrecognizes an outstanding presentation made by an undergraduate student at the AChemS Annual Meeting.

The ACHEMS TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS FOR DIVERSITY cover the cost of travel, meals, lodging, and registration for under-represented individuals interested in the chemical senses.

The ACHEMS STUDENT TRAVEL/HOUSING AWARDS provide funding to support graduate and undergraduate student attendance at the AChemS Annual Meeting.

Annual AChemS Logo Contest

The ANNUAL ACHEMS LOGO CONTEST is open to all AChemS members. The creator of the winning logo design receives $500 at the Annual Meeting.