Awards

Award Descriptions

The BEPS awards a Lifetime Achievement Award, The Jim Hammar Memorial Award, Oustanding Young Scientist Award and Student Achievement Awards, annually. The BEPS membership has been invited to nominate individuals for awards (with exception of the Student Achievement Awards). Students are invited to put their names forward upon receiving the abstract acceptance notification by email. Award winners will be announced at the next annual meeting.

BEPS Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is given to those individuals who have:

  • Made outstanding contributions to scientific advancement
  • Have demonstrated outstanding ability
  • Have made phenomenal scholarly accomplishments and specific impact in the fields of: biopolymers, biobased materials, and/or bioplastic/materials related bioenergy systems

BEPS Outstanding Young Scientist Award

This award is given to individuals below 40 years of age who have:

  • Made outstanding contributions to scientific advancement
  • Have demonstrated outstanding ability and scholarly accomplishments in scientific research in the fields of: biopolymers, biobased materials, and/or bioplastic/materials related bioenergy systems

BEPS Student Awards

These awards are presented to students for performance in oral and poster presentation sessions, the individuals will have demonstrated knowledge, understanding and innovation in their subject with an ability to clearly communicate their work in an engaging manner. Judgement is made during the sessions of the Annual Meeting with a dedicated pannel of young scientists.

Jim Hammar Memorial Service Award

The Jim Hammar Memorial Service Award was created in 2000 in honor of W. James Hammar who worked tirelessly for eight years in helping to establish the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (formerly Bio/Environmentally Degradable Polymer Society) before his untimely death in 1999. Jim was a Division Scientist at 3M with a long, distinguished research career and a strong passion for scientific excellence. Jim’s devotion to the Society was inspirational and the standards of service and excellence he set were instrumental to the success of the Society during the early years. The Jim Hammar Memorial Service Award is presented annually to a member of the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society who best exemplifies the qualities of service and dedication inspired by Jim Hammar. The Hammar award is presented to BEPS members who have been involved with the Society for at least three years.

Jim Hammar Awardees

  • 2000    Samuel Huang, University of Connecticut, USA
  • 2002    Yoshiaru Doi, RIKEN Institute, Japan
  • 2004    Gunnar Schornick, BASF, Germany
  • 2006    Ramani Narayan, Michigan State University, USA
  • 2008    Stephen McCarthy, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA
  • 2010    Greg Glenn, USDA, Albany, CA, USA
  • 2011    Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph, Canada