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. 

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

How to enter the competition

Submit a poster abstract and indicate that you are a student. That's it!

If your poster is accepted to the program, AOCS will provide additional information about creating your poster.

If you have any questions about the Student Poster Competition or your submission, contact Steph Adams, steph.adams@aocs.org.

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 steph.adams@aocs.org.

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 moderator: TBD
Judging panel: TBD

How to participate

  • Graduate students (Master’s or PhD) should submit an oral abstract to the AOCS Protein and Co-Products Division and select “Protein and Co-Products Graduate Student Oral Competition” when asked to “Select a session to submit your abstract.”

  • If you have already submitted an abstract to a different session and you would like to submit the same abstract to be considered for the PCP oral competition, please resubmit your abstract and select “Protein and Co-Products Graduate Student Oral Competition” when asked to “Select a session to submit your abstract.”

  • If your oral abstract is approved for the competition, you will receive more information about preparing and delivering your oral presentation in the competition. Decisions will be made by early February 2024.

Questions?

Contact Steph Adams at steph.adams@aocs.org.