Final round in Alltech Young Scientist competition

Alltech has named the eight finalists to vie for the 2014 Alltech Young Scientist undergraduate and graduate titles, awards bestowed on the two champions of the global competition that rewards scientific innovation through research.

Registrants for the annual competition were asked to join Alltech in the pursuit of natural solutions to animal health, plant technology, environmental sciences and biotechnology-related challenges. Out of more than 8,500 registrations for the competition, these eight students received the top prize in the undergraduate or graduate division in their region and an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the finals:

Undergraduate Finalists:

  • Araceli Antonieta Olivares Salas, Universidad Mayor de Chile, Chile
  • Norhaslinda Syarial, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Gillian Johnson, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Sarah Childers, University of Tennessee, United States

Graduate Finalists:

  • Reda Saleh Mohamed Ibrahim, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Lei Wang, West Virginia University, United States
  • Cristiano Bortoluzzi, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Humaira Sultana, University of Melbourne, Australia

The eight recipients will travel to Lexington, Ky., to the Alltech Young Scientist Competition finals during the "What If?" 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 18-21. In addition to a trophy and an iPad, the winning graduate student will receive a $10,000 USD scholarship prize and the winning undergraduate student will receive a $5,000 USD scholarship prize.

"Each year we are astonished by the outstanding scientific intellect that is submitted through the Alltech Young Scientist Competition and this year is no exception," said Dr. Inge Russell, director of the Alltech Young Scientist Program. "From every corner of the globe, we received quality research from students who are avid about further investigating the field of science. We congratulate these winners for rising to the challenge and demonstrating their potential as future scientific industry leaders."

"At Alltech, we encourage students to push the traditional boundaries and to contemplate 'What If?' as they tackle today's greatest challenges," said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. "Through the Alltech Young Scientists Competition, we have discovered some of the best and brightest minds from colleges and universities around the world and have given them the chance to further explore scientific theories and hypotheses for finding solutions that will ultimately benefit the health and performance of plants, animals and people."
For more information about the Alltech Young Scientist Awards, visit www.alltech.com/education/alltech-young-scientist/about.


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