Applications have opened for the annual Alltech Young Scientist competition, and new for the upcoming year is that the competition is open exclusively to university graduate students (master’s degree and Ph.D.) and that professor nominations are no longer required.
The AYS is one of the world’s most prestigious agriscience competitions for university students, and since its inception in 2005, it has had participation of over 60,000 students from more than 70 countries and has awarded $1 million in prizes.
Entrants compete first within their home regions of North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, or Europe/Africa. From there, regional winners will be invited to attend an all-expenses-paid Alltech Young Scientist Discovery Week in Lexington, Kentucky, where they will compete in the global competition during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19), which will be held May 19 to 21, 2019. The prizes include $10,000 for the global graduate winner.
Registration is currently open for the 2019 competition and will close on Jan. 31, 2019. Students may submit scientific papers on topics such as animal health and nutrition, crop science, agriculture analytical methods, food chain safety and traceability, human health and nutrition, and other agriscience-related sectors. Regional winners will be announced in April 2019.
Although the competition is for graduate students, AYS welcomes other budding scientists, from kindergarten and beyond, to engage with the program on Facebook and Instagram, where Alltech will feature special contests and other content.