Spotlight on: Students

Welcome students! AOCS encourages undergraduate and graduate students' involvement in AOCS activities to enhance their academic experience and prepare them for their future careers. Take part in the Annual Meeting to network with peers, professors and industry leaders, and expand your knowledge of the science involved in oils, fats, surfactants and related materials.    


The Annual Meeting Program Committee encourages you to submit an abstract for review and consideration. The meeting program will feature oral and poster presentations in 10 interest areas. Sessions fill early—do not miss the opportunity to present your research! The abstract collection system closes January 8.

Special Events

Speed Networking
Sunday, May 6
3 p.m.–4 p.m.
Engage with fellow students in a fast-paced and exciting environment, build relationships and learn how to enhance your conference experience.

Meet-and-Greet at President’s Welcome Reception
Sunday, May 6
5:30 p.m.–7 p.m.
During the evening reception on Sunday, the Student Common Interest Group (CIG) will have a dedicated space on the Lawn to gather and make plans for the duration of the meeting. Come meet the Student CIG leaders and learn how you can become more involved in CIG activities. We will see you there!

Business Meeting
Monday, May 7
4:30 p.m.–5 p.m.
This meeting will set priorities for the next year’s activities and may include discussion of technical sessions, as well as other education and meeting opportunities. This is an open meeting and your chance to help lead and direct future programs the group will organize.

5K Fun Run/Walk
Tuesday, May 8
6 a.m.–7 a.m.
Start off day three of the Annual Meeting with a leisurely stroll or quick run around scenic Loring Park, a fixture on the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.

Wednesday, May 9
Noon–1:55 p.m.
Members of the Student, Young Professional and Professional Educator Common Interest Groups (CIG) are invited to partake in Wednesday’s complimentary lunch in a private area of the Expo Hall. During the lunch you will learn how to get involved and create valuable connections with members of the other CIGs.

Attendees will collect their lunch from the exhibit hall and meet in the designated area within Hall B.  You will have the opportunity to hear what the Common Interest Groups are planning for the upcoming year and network with your peers, as well as members of the other CIGS.

New this year, Mentor Speed Networking will be available for those interested in participating.  You will have the opportunity to quickly meet with industry professionals and members of the PE and YP CIGs to create an informal mentor/mentee relationship.   Please let us know you are interested in attending this FREE event. RSVP online now.

Want to spend more time networking with professionals in your interest area or from your region of the world? Most Divisions and Sections offer students reduced-rate ticket prices for their networking events. 

View the full meeting schedule for more must-attend events.

Student savings

AOCS offers special, reduced registration rates for students to attend the Annual Meeting. Register by March 30 for just US $150. In addition, a student rate of US $255 is available for the Fundamentals of Edible Oil Processing Short Course on Saturday, May 5. That’s a combined savings of up to US $1,330! Register today!

Looking to share hotel costs? Find other meeting attendees to room with by emailing AOCS Meetings Manager Ellen Snipes at Sharing a room can also be a great way to make new friends! 

Career services

Take advantage of the expanded career network of AOCS to search for the perfect career opportunity. At the meeting you can post printed copies of your résumé in the Career Center located in the Expo Hall.

After the meeting, post your résumé to the AOCS Career Services website, free of charge. You can also browse job openings from around the world.

Explore Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA is a sprawling epicenter of the Midwest—with both modern cityscape views and historic value and charm. Do you want to take a Trolley Tour, Segway Tour or Mississippi River Kayak Tour? What about rooftop lawn bowling? Meet Minneapolis has all the details!

More benefits

Join AOCS and the Student Common Interest Group for access to year-round benefits, including INFORM magazine (digital edition), INFORM SmartBrief, AOCS Membership Directory and more! Learn more...