Last chance to enter Alltech Young Scientist competition

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As university students around the globe begin cramming for their final exams and put the finishing touches on their theses before a long semester break, one deadline students will not want to miss is the Alltech Young Scientist competition. Registration and paper submission closes December 31, 2014.

Featuring the largest global agri-science university competition of its kind, the Alltech Young Scientist program reflects Alltech’s commitment to reward science and innovation.

“Last year there was unprecedented interest in the competition, with more than 8,500 registrants, representing the future generation of animal, human and plant health scientists,” said Alltech’s Fergal McAdam.

“The Alltech Young Scientist competition, now in its 10th year, attracts the brightest scientific thinkers from colleges and universities around the world, awarding students for their scientific discoveries.”

Regional winners will receive cash prizes, and eight finalists will be invited to compete for top honors during Alltech’s annual conference May 16-22, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

The graduate grand prize is US$10,000 and the undergraduate grand prize is US$5,000.

Gillian Johnson, from the University of Limerick, Ireland, was the winner of the undergraduate category for 2013-2014.

Johnson’s research work focused on comparative genomic identification and characterisation of a novel defensin gene cluster in the equine genome.

She is now pursuing her PhD and the money that she won is helping to further her research aspirations.