• Awards and Honors

    Recognizing member achievements

    Honors Manual

Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award

Established in 1928, this is the highest honor that we can bestow upon an individual. The Gold Medal is granted to those who have made preeminent scientific and engineering achievements of proven applied benefit to the world’s pulp, paper, board, and forest product industries. The forest product industries include forestry, derived products, their process technology, and their applications.

The award is accompanied by a cash honorarium, which has been approximately $60,000 - $80,000 in recent years.

Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award

Established in 1983, this honor is presented to an individual for exemplary leadership who has significantly contributed to the advancement of TAPPI.

The award is accompanied by a cash honorarium, which has been approximately $50,000 - $70,000 in recent years.

Paul W. Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Member Award

This award was established to recognize an individual whose outstanding leadership and exceptional service to one or more Local Sections has resulted in significant and demonstrable benefits to members. 

The award is accompanied by a $2,500 cash honorarium. 

TAPPI PIMA Executive of the Year Award

This award presented to senior-level executives in the pulp, paper, or converting industries for excellence in management and outstanding contributions to the industry as a whole.

TAPPI Fellows

TAPPI Fellows are selected members chosen in recognition of meritorious service to TAPPI and the industry. The title Fellow is also conferred upon TAPPI Board chairs, vice chairs, and directors at the end of their terms of office, as well as Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Awardees and Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Recipients.

Division Honors

Our Divisions grant awards to individuals in recognition of outstanding accomplishments or contributions to the industry’s technology or TAPPI. Each Technical Division may grant no more than one award for technical achievement and one for leadership and service per year. Some awards also are accompanied by a cash prize.

Nominations are due by August 1 each year.  Complete nomination and selection procedures are fully outlined in our Honors Manual. For additional information, contact us at awards@tappi.org.

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