Alltech Young Scientist Competition

The Alltech Young Scientist competition challenges the world’s brightest graduate students to apply their scientific expertise to challenges within the business of agriculture and food. They compete at the regional and global level by submitting scientific papers on topics within the area of agricultural science.

Students first compete within their home region: North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe/Africa. The top students from each region are awarded with cash prizes and certificates.

The 1st place winner from each region advances to the Global Competition and is referred to as an ‘AYS finalist’. Regional winner and runner-up will receive USD 2000 and USD 1000 respectively.

The AYS finalists from all four regions are invited to attend an all-expense-paid Discovery Week in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. This trip includes mentoring sessions with Alltech scientists, the global competition and the opportunity to attend ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference. Each finalist will present his/her paper in front of a panel of judges and the global winner will be announced on stage during the conference. Global Graduate Winner will receive USD 10,000 in cash.

Main criteria:
The competition is now open exclusively to university graduate students (Master and Ph.D. level). 

Please view the Alltech Young Scientist Paper and Presentation Requirements before writing your research paper for the Regional Competition and preparing your presentation for the Global Competition.

Eligible research paper topics are listed below, and a detailed explanation is noted in the Alltech Young Scientist Areas of Interest for Research Papers.

  • Animal Feeding Strategies and Modeling
  • Crop Science
  • Agriculture Analytical Methods
  • Food Chain Safety and Traceability
  • Human Health and Nutrition
  • Other

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