The IES recognizes outstanding individuals through a variety of award programs. They are described as follows:

Society Awards for Technical and Service Achievement

MEDAL AWARD (technical)
The IES MEDAL shall be awarded for the purpose of giving recognition to meritorious technical achievement that has conspicuously furthered the profession, art or knowledge of illuminating engineering. Accomplishments shall be in the field of engineering, design, applied illumination, optics, ophthalmology, lighting, research or education.

LOUIS B. MARKS AWARD (service)
Named in honor of the first President of the IES, the Louis B. Marks Award shall be presented to a member of the Society in recognition of exceptional service to the Society of a non-technical nature.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD (service)
The Distinguished Service Award shall be presented in recognition of continuous dedicated service to the Society, principally of a non-technical nature, having significantly furthered the purpose for which the Society was founded, and continued over a number of years in various programs and activities at, typically, regional and international levels. The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1967.

FELLOW DESIGNATION (technical)
The IES Fellow designation shall be awarded to a Member of the Society for valuable contribution to the technical activities of the Society; to the art or science of illumination; or to the related scientific or engineering fields.

Regional Awards for Technical and Service Achievement

Regional Service Award | Regional Technical Award

Section Awards

Meritorious Section Award | Section Service Award

Illumination Awards

Public Recognition of professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design

Outstanding paper published in LD+A or presented at Annual Conference

Taylor Technical Talent Award

Grants and Scholarships

Howard Brandston Student Lighting Design Education Grant
Besal Fund
Richard Kelly Grant
Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarships
Sylvian R. Shemitz Memorial Scholarship [PDF 1.5MB]
Emerging Professionals Sponsorship (students and new professionals)
Young Professionals Scholarship Fund (students)

Member Designation

Emeritus (Long term membership designation) PDF [22KB]