The Barton A. Thomas Memorial Award is given for excellence in the file of ash research to the best oral presentation given at the conference. It is sponsored by the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research. It was made possible by Virginia Thomas from 1995 through 2013.
The WOCA Poster Award is given for excellence in the field of ash research to the most outstanding poster presentation given at the conference. It has been sponsored by MCAA (2005) and by EPRI (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015).
The Student Oral Presentation Award and Student Poster Award is given for the most outstanding student presentation given in the oral sessions and during the poster session. The Student Presentation Award was sponsored by the Midwest Coal Ash Association (MCAA) in 2011-2015. The Student Poster Award was sponsored by the American Coal Ash Association Educational Foundation (2011-2015).