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Alltech names semifinalists for Young Scientist Award

Alltech recently announced the semifinalists for the 4th annual Alltech Young Scientist Award. The eight winners were chosen from an applicant pool of more than 1,800 entrants globally, the highest number ever.

2009 marked the first time a graduate level prize was awarded, which allowed those at all levels of university study to compete. Of the eight winners chosen, four were from the undergraduate level and four were from the graduate level. The winners will receive an all expense paid trip to Alltech’s 25th Annual Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium. In addition, the undergraduates receive a $1,000 cash prize, while the graduates receive a $2,000 cash prize. All contestants will move on to the finals where they will compete for the $5,000 and $10,000 grand prize, respectively.

Winners and topics include:

Undergraduate Level:

Fan Liu, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China: HSP70 as a new biomarker in the development and evaluation of anti-stress feed additives.

Carla Alejandra Contreras Schifferli, Universidad San Sebastian, Chile: Hidrólisis enzimática  de la harina de Quinua (Chenopodium quinoa willd) para la obtención de un nuevo substituto proteico en alimento de salmones.

Lindley Reilly, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Could rumen microbes strengthen the sustainability of the poultry, swine, and aquaculture industries worldwide? A review of the literature.

Joanna Thornton, University College Dublin, Ireland: Alternatives to antibiotic growth promotants.

Graduate Level:

Hossan Md. Salim, Chungnam National University, South Korea: Effect of sources and levels of zinc on the carcass quality of broilers.

Guilherme Moura, Universidade Federal de Viçosa Zootecnia, Brazil: Enzimas em dietas para animais: Beneficios e atualidades.

Che Minh Tung, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Effects of mannan oligosaccharide on immune function and disease resistance in pigs.

Annamária Vörös, Szent István University, Gödöllö, Hungary: Diet related changes in the gastrointestinal microbiota of horses.

At Alltech’s Symposium, the winners will present their data to a panel of experts who will evaluate their projects and pose questions. Upon completion, the winners will be announced at a special ceremony where the world’s leaders in the field of animal health and nutrition will be on hand to congratulate them.

Pictured are Joanna Thornton, 3rd year UCD Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Animal Science – Equine student and European Alltech Young Scientist undergraduate winner with Dr. Richard Murphy, Research Laboratory Coordinator, Alltech at the Alltech European Bioscience Research Centre, Dunboyne, Ireland. 

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