Annual Award Information

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The Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honors individuals who have advanced the nutrition and dietetics profession, have exhibited leadership by standing out among their peers, have shown devotion to serving others in both nutrition and dietetics as well as allied fields, and have demonstrated a true passion to fostering a healthy community, state, nation, and/or world. 

2023 Award Application (google form) - submit your application with resume and at least three letters of recommendation to Celine Reyes, IAND Grants & Awards Chair, at [email protected]. Applicants must be active or student members of both the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 


Outstanding Dietitian of the Year (ODY) Award

The ODY Award recognizes the commitment to excellence made by an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the profession. 
Deadline: January 15, 2023 - no late entries will be accepted

Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information


Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year (RYDY) Award

The purpose of the RYDY program is to recognize the competence and activities of younger dietitians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to encourage their continued participation in association affairs. This group will be an additional resource from which the leadership of the association will develop at the district, state, and national levels.
Deadline: January 15, 2023 - no late entries will be accepted
Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information 

Recognized Young Dietetic Technician of the Year (RDTY) Award

The purpose of the RDTY Award is to recognize the professional contributions of dietetic technicians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to encourage their continued participation in association affairs.
Deadline: January 15, 2023 - no late entries will be accepted
Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information

Emerging Dietetic Leader (EDL) Award

The EDL Award recognizes the competence and activities of dietitians regardless of their age, who have made distinctive contributions early in their dietetics careers to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Deadline: January 15, 2023 - no late entries will be accepted
Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information

Outstanding Dietetics Student Awards

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A student from each type of education program within a state will be selected.
Deadline: December 15, 2022 - no late entries will be accepted
Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information

Award Recognition

  • A certificate of recognition will be sent to the selectees with a congratulatory letter from the Academy President. 
  • The list of recipients will be published in a fall issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • The Illinois Academy will recognize awardees year long on our website and individual recognition at Spring Assembly and in the monthly Newsletter. 
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