Student Competitions

Student Competitions

2023 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
April 30–May 3, 2023
Colorado Convention Center | Denver, Colorado, USA

Student Competitions

Get recognized for your research

Your passion for science is inspiring new ideas and creative solutions to global problems. At AOCS, we know finding a footing for your research can be hard.

Present at the annual meeting to connect with a global community of thought leaders and industry experts – giving you the tools to move your research forward and launch your career.

This year's student competitions will take place in-person in Montreal. All students who submit an accepted abstract to one of the competitions and attend the annual meeting will be eligible. Presenters must be a student at the time of the abstract’s submission. 

The Call for Papers closed January 12. Have questions about your submission or the student competitions? Contact Steph Adams at

Student Poster Competition

Featuring a NEW format in 2024!

How the competition works 

Any student who submits a poster abstract accepted to the program is eligible to participate in-person in Montreal. 

All 10 AOCS divisions and the co-located Sustainable Protein Forum will sponsor their own poster competition. Judges will be poster session chairs from the respective categories. Judges will choose first and second place winners based on a common rubric. There will not be a separate pitch this year.

All posters are also eligible for an "audience favorite" in each category, which is selected by meeting attendees.

Prizes for each division

First place - $300, an AOCS membership and a certificate

Second place - $200, an AOCS membership and a certificate

Audience favorite - $100, an AOCS membership and a certificate

What's the difference between the Protein and Co-products Division and Sustainable Protein Forum?

The Protein and Co-products Division poster session is tailored for a technical and applied focus, while the Sustainable Protein Forum poster session offers a broader, interdisciplinary perspective on sustainable proteins and their impact on food production systems. If you have any questions or want to know more about the right fit for your poster submission, contact Steph Adams at

Protein and Co-Products Division Graduate Student Oral Competition

Sponsored by Ingredion

The Protein and Co-Products Division Graduate Student Oral Competition provides full-time students enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree program an opportunity to highlight their work relevant to protein and co-products, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback from industry professionals.

The first-place winner receives a $200 cash prize, recognition certificate, and a complimentary ticket to the Protein and Co-Products Division Dinner during the 2024 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Montreal, Canada.

The second-place winner receives a $100 cash prize, recognition certificate, and a complimentary dinner ticket.

Session moderators: Kaustav Majumder and Nandika Bandara
Judging panel: Keshun Liu, Nagul S. Naguleswaran, Yonghui Li


Contact Steph Adams at