ASPEN Awards

ASPEN recognizes and presents awards to members who have contributed to the field by showcasing exceptional expertise in clinical practice, education, and advocacy. The accomplishments of those selected for an award improved the quality and efficacy of the profession and their actions provide a positive example for healthcare professionals. Each award is given annually and recipients are recognized at the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference.

Nominations for the 2020 Awards cycle will open in August. 

Current members of ASPEN's Board of Directors may not submit letters of support in any award category.


Distinguished Service Awards

These awards recognize ASPEN members who have made exceptional leadership and practice contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of the society over a sustained period of time. Winners will receive a $250 travel stipend to attend the conference.

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Distinguished Nutrition Support Dietitian, Advanced Clinical Practice Award

In addition to the service award, ASPEN pays tribute to a dietitian member annually in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions in leadership, practice, and advancement of dietitians in the field of nutrition support. The winner will receive a $250 travel stipend to attend the conference. Opening Soon.


Excellence in Nutrition Support Education Award

This award recognizes one nutrition support educator’s excellence in the delivery of professional education. The award is open to ASPEN members who have teaching responsibilities in an academic, community, or other supervised training setting. The winner will receive a $250 travel stipend to attend the conference. Opening Soon


ASPEN Fellows

Each year, ASPEN honors exceptional achievement in practice or research and service to the organization through the Fellowship (FASPEN) designation. This award showcases the many contributions of valuable ASPEN members and recognizes their commitments to ASPEN and the field of clinical nutrition. Opening Soon.  


Lyn Howard Nutrition Support Consumer Advocacy Award

ASPEN members work directly with patients, families, and/or caregivers who perform admirable activities and heroically advocate for others like themselves and their families. In order to recognize those individuals, this recognition is given annually to one patient/family member/caregiver. This award is named in honor of ASPEN member and Oley Foundation co-founder, Lyn Howard, MB, FRCP.  

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Barney Sellers Public Policy Award

Barney Sellers, former ASPEN executive director, had a tremendous impact on public policy and advocacy during his 15-year tenure. This award honors his work with many members to advance our advocacy goals and give ASPEN a voice among policy makers in the US.  

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ASPEN Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award

This award recognizes excellence in interdisciplinary clinical nutrition practice in institutions or agencies who meet certain criteria and compliance with ASPEN national standards, guidelines, and values. One of ASPEN’s highest achievements, multiple awards are given annually.  

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New Practitioner Award

This award recognizes emerging professionals who have contributed to the advancement of clinical nutrition. The nomination period will open soon.

Critical Care Section  Ibero Latin America Section   Neonatal Section Pharmacy Practice Section
Dietetics Practice Section  International Clinical Ethics Section Nutrition Support Nurses Section Research Section
Drug Nutrient Interaction  International Clinical Nutrition Section Pediatric Section Student Section
Home and Alternate Site Care Section Medical Practice Section Pediatric Intestinal Failure Section  

Student Sponsorship Award

This award grants students a free year of student membership with ASPEN. Winners are selected annually by ASPEN's membership committee. The application period will open soon.

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Gisela Barnadas Memorial Home Care Award

The Gisela Barnadas Memorial Home Care Award has been created in recognition of Gisela’s commitment to providing quality nutrition support to home care patients. This award will help support the travel expenses of up to $2000.00 (including ASPEN membership along with registration [if non-member], travel, and hotel) for a clinician to attend the ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference in 2018, to further their education in nutrition support. 

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