Robert Rabson Award

The Robert Rabson Award, first given by the Society in 2012, recognizes Bob Rabson’s steadfast advocacy of plant biology through creation of funding programs in the Department of Energy for research in basic energy sciences. The award recognizes postdoctoral scholars and faculty-level early career scientists, whether or not members of the Society, in academic, government and corporate research institutions who have made excellent contributions in the area of bioenergy research. The award is made biennially to a researcher who is no more than five years post-PhD on January 1st of the year of presentation, with consideration of breaks in career relative to this time-frame. The award recipient is given a monetary award and a one-year membership in the Society.

2018 Winner: Rebecca Smith

For her important discoveries regarding the cell biology and biochemistry of lignin deposition during plant secondary cell wall formation, Rebecca Smith (University of Wisconsin–Madison) is the winner of the 2018 Robert Rabson Award. The novel insights arising from Rebecca’s research may lead to the capacity for modifying lignin in ways that will improve the digestibility of biomass by animals or the processing of biomass in biorefineries. This award recognizes Bob Rabson’s steadfast advocacy for plant biology through the creation of funding programs in the Department of Energy for research in basic energy sciences.

Committee

Committee

Candace Haigler, Chair (2011-2018)
Xiaobo Li Past Winner (2017-2018)
Diane Okamuro (2017-2022)
Ken Keegstra (2017-2022)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nomination & Deadlines

The Robert Rabson Award will be offered again in 2018. Please check the nominations page in January 2018 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

2016 – Xiaobo Li

2014 – Dominique Loque

2012 – Yuki Tobimatsu