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The ASHS Outstanding Industry Scientist Award recognizes a horticultural crops scientist working in the private sector who has made outstanding and valuable contributions to horticultural science, the horticultural industry, and the horticultural profession for a period of 10 or more years.

Established in 1990.


ASHS encourages excellence in teaching and research. The award recognizes distinguished contributions in horticultural science for 10 or more years.

Nominees must be Members of ASHS, actively working, and not previous recipients of the award or former equivalent awards. Nominees are considered actively engaged in research, extension, or teaching if a substantial portion of nominees' current effort is involved in the activity, regardless of the their employment.

Nominators must be active Members of ASHS.

Selection committees recommend recipients for each award. The final selection is made by the ASHS Awards Committee. Recipients receive plaques during the annual Awards Ceremony; there is no monetary stipend.


The nomination process includes the following:

1) Nominee's curriculum vitae.

2) A brief (not to exceed 500 words) letter indicating the reason for nominating this individual. This letter should identify the major contributions on which the nomination is based and explain why the nominee is especially qualified to receive this award. Each of the following criteria should be addressed in the statement:
A. Outstanding application of horticultural science during a commercial career.
B. Significance and originality of contributions that have let to the development or improvement of horticultural crops, cropping practices, programs, and/or products.
C. Leadership on scientific matters in a horticultural industry as well as in horticultural science and the profession.
D. Additional activities, contributions, and services to horticultural science, the horticulture industry, and the profession, including interaction with public and international research, extension, and education programs; improvement in national and regional ASHS activities; and participation in other professional and industry organizations.

3) Three to five letters of support, including at least one from another institution.

4) Nominees not selected for the award in the year of the initial nomination shall be kept on file for automatic consideration again the next year, without requiring renomination.

The deadline for nominations is 4 February.

Please complete the following form to nominate someone for this award. Please have all requirements ready to submit before filling out form. Partial applications cannot be submitted.