Award for Excellence

The Adhesion Society’s Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science, sponsored by 3M, is the Society’s premier award for outstanding achievements in scientific research relating to adhesion. The criteria for winning this award include:

  1. A scientific contribution that has significantly improved our understanding of the phenomenon of adhesion, or a contribution to the technology of adhesion or adhesives that has had significant impact on the adhesion/adhesives industry;
  2. World-wide recognition of that achievement.

The Award includes:

  1. A monetary award provided by the 3M Company;
  2. An award plaque inscribed with a description of the achievement;
  3. An award symposium organized in honor of the recipient and, if appropriate;
  4. A professional journal may also recognize the award winner in some way. Details of this arrangement, including the specific journal used for this purpose, will be determined on a yearly basis by the Executive Committee.

Nominations for this Award are always welcome. The nominator should prepare the following documents:

  1. A Letter of Nomination describing the reasons why the nominee should be considered for the Award;
  2. A proposed 15-word description of the nominee’s contribution, for the Award plaque;
  3. A vitae or resume of the awardee’s contributions;
  4. A list of publications, patents, etc.;
  5. A supporting letter from inside the United States;
  6. A supporting letter from outside of the United States;
  7. Any other supporting letters or information that would help the Selection Committee make its decision.

Nomination information can be sent via e-mail or regular mail.  If submitted by e-mail, it is preferred that the attached documents be in PDF format.  The nomination should be submitted by January 1 of the year in which the nomination is to be considered.  Awardees are normally chosen during the Annual meeting preceding the year of the presentation of the Award.

Send nominations to:

Dr. David Yarusso, Corporate Scientist
Corporate Research Materials Laboratory
3M Center, 201-2W-17
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
Phone: (651) 736-1878
Email: djyarusso1@mmm.com


Ken Shull, Northwestern University, receives the 2016
Award for Excellence for his fundamental insight into the
balance between surface functionality, polymer physics,
and mechanics in adhesion