Alltech has narrowed its global search for the next pioneers of science to eight finalists who will compete for the Alltech Young Scientist Awards during GLIMPSE 2020, the 29th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 19-22.
A panel of agriculture industry leaders selected four undergraduate students and four graduate students from more than 8,000 registrants. Registrants were challenged to submit research studies that demonstrated a keen awareness of science and its applications for improving the future of the world.
Representing six continents across the globe, the finalists will engage in the ultimate test of scientific innovation when they present their research during the Alltech Annual International Symposium. The winning graduate student will receive a $10,000 USD scholarship and the winning undergraduate student will receive a $5,000 USD scholarship. The eight finalists ranking at the top of their global regions are:
- Liangzhan Sun - Shandong Agricultural University, China
- J.D. Mostert - University of Pretoria, South Africa
- Amanda Pesqueira - University of Kentucky, USA/University of Maringa, Brazil
- Nelson Peña - Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
- Nimesha Fernando - University of Melbourne, Australia
- Olga Ushakova - Izhevsk State Agricultural Academy, Russia
- Ahmed Mohamed Fouad Yousif - University of Cairo, Egypt
- Sara Tanner - University of Kentucky, United States
Alltech has also named 46 regional and local award winners who have embraced scientific discovery through research. Global regional winners and local winners of the Alltech Young Scientist Competition receive cash prizes ranging from $300 to $2,000.
“The level of scientific genius demonstrated through this year’s Alltech Young Scientist Competition was astounding,” said Dr. Inge Russell, director of the Alltech Young Scientist Program. “All across the globe, we received research from students who are passionate about going deeper in their knowledge of science. We congratulate the winners all over the world for taking on this challenge and showing great promise for our future.”
“At Alltech, we believe that curiosity ultimately leads to discovery,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Through the Alltech Young Scientists Competition, we know that thousands of young people all over the world are asking questions about the world around them and seeking out the answers through science. We admire this sense of wonder, and we congratulate the young scientists who will lead us into the future.”