This is an award to the author or authors of published research on basic or applied aspects of diseases of perennial fruit plants (tree fruits, tree nuts, small fruits, and grapes, including tropical fruits, but excluding vegetables). A nomination must be based principally or completely on a paper or series of papers published in APS journals within 10 calendar years preceding the annual meeting. Earlier papers in APS journals should be cited in the nomination only if they were the foundation of subsequent work during the 10-year period or if the work during the 10-year period involved a logical extension and application of earlier research. The nominated paper(s) may report research on any aspect of disease diagnosis, epidemiology, etiology, physiology, vector relations, control, or properties of the etiologic agent. The committee would be influenced by the significance of the research reported, how it provides a better understanding of fruit plant diseases, and how it contributes ultimate value to the fruit industry. Nominations for the Lee M. Hutchins Award will stand for only one year. Nominees need not be members of the society. The award consists of a plaque and a cash prize from the Lee M. Hutchins Fund bequeathed to the society by Dr. Hutchins.