The ASEV Extension Distinction Award recognizes a current extension educator based on his or her outstanding contribution of:
information in enology or viticulture through his or her extension program
the translation of novel research findings into commercially applicable tools for enologists or viticulturists
The award recognizes distinguished contributions in extension with expertise in enology or viticulture. The recipients receive a plaque and monetary award and are expected to make a presentation on their programs at the upcoming ASEV National Conference.
The award may or may not be given annually depending upon nominations. An individual may only win this award once.
Note: This award was not developed as an early career or a lifetime achievement award, but is one that evaluates current work. Most eligible nominees have been developing Extension type programs for 7+ years. Late career or retired Extension faculty may be considered for the Merit Award that honors individuals at those respected stages.
Nominee must be a current ASEV member.
Nominee must be a current (active) extension educator (viticulture or enology) at the time of the award.
Previous recipients of this award are not eligible.
Nominations of individuals actively engaged in extension and the translation of new or existing technical knowledge in the fields encompassed by enology and viticulture are encouraged.
Nominations are accepted all year; however, to be considered for the current award cycle, nominations must be received by November 1 each year.
Nominators and nominees must be current ASEV members at the time of nomination (awardees must have maintained their membership at the time of award).
Self-nominations are allowed.
Eligible nominees not selected for the award in the year of the initial nomination shall be kept on file for automatic consideration for up to 3 additional years. Approximately 1 month before the closing of nominations in the next nomination cycle, the original nominators will be asked if they would like to update their nomination letter. Additional nominations by different nominators does not count for the 3-year roll-forward limit.
A nomination letter is required as a part of the nomination process - this is critical in the review process (see nomination submission form for letter content specifics).
A brief (not to exceed 750 words) letter indicating the
reason why the individual (or self, for self nominations) is
deserving of the award. 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
A noteworthy career in viticulture or enology extension
education leading to an effective program of significant
impact in the grape and wine industry.
Outstanding and innovative activities, projects, and/or
methods that brought substantial and desirable changes in the
grape and wine industry in the nominee’s state or district.
Other major contributions, activities, and services to
the wine or grape industry in the area of extension of
Demonstrated leadership in enology or viticulture
Letters of support may be requested by the Extension
Distinction Award Committee if deemed necessary for
evaluation of a candidate.
Eligible nominees not selected for the award in the year of
the initial nomination shall be kept on file for automatic
consideration for up to 3 additional years, without requiring
re-nomination. Approximately 1 month before the closing of
nominations in the next nomination cycle, the original nominators
will be asked if they would like to update their nomination
letter. Additional nominations by different nominators does not
count for the 3-year roll-forward limit.
Approved by the ASEV Board of Directors on January 19, 2021.
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