AACC recognizes and celebrates outstanding contributions through its annual awards program, culminating with formal recognition at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Most awards go to those in the laboratory field, but some, such as the lectureship award, are often given to people from other disciplines.

The nominating process for AACC's major awards begins in October with a deadline of December 31 of each year. The Awards Committee meets after the first of the year and typically announces winners before the beginning of March.