Student Competitions

Student Competitions

The AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is more than just a conference — it is a prime opportunity to advance your career and grow your network, all in one place. Professionals from all over the world come together online and in-person to share insights and perspectives while building new connections.

Student Competitions

The PCP Graduate Student Oral Competition and the Student ePoster Pitch Competition are now over. Recordings will be available on-demand soon. 

Student ePoster Pitch Competition

The Student ePoster Pitch Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their research achievements, and receive important feedback and recognition from industry leaders. And to win cash prizes!

Support and encourage students by viewing the ePoster Pitches and voting for your favorite presentation.

Four students will be selected to give 5-minute oral presentations in each competition which will be broadcast live as a highlight of the meeting program, and on social media. After the presentations, the audience will be encouraged to vote for their favorite pitch. View the livestream schedule and add these sessions to your calendar.

Competitions

Awards (per Division)

First place winners receive:

US $200 cash prize
Recognition certificate
2023 AOCS student membership
Recognition in the AOCS Newsletter
Recognition in the applicable Division Newsletter

Second place winners receive:

US $100 cash prize
Recognition certificate
Recognition in the applicable Division Newsletter

Questions?

If you have questions about the AOCS Student ePoster Pitch Competition, please contact Lauren Rohde at +1 217-693-4831 or lauren.rohde@aocs.org.

Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation

Supported by the AOCS Divisions

Protein and Co-Products Division Graduate Student Oral Competition

The Protein and Co-Products Division Graduate Student Oral Competition provides full-time students enrolled in a graduate 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 and mentoring from industry leaders.

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 2022 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The second-place winner receives a $100 cash prize, recognition certificate, and a complimentary dinner ticket.

Session moderator: Lamia L'Hocine, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

Judging panel: Milagros P. Hojilla-Evangelista, PhD, Research Chemist, USDA ARS NCAUR Plant Polymer Research Unit, USA; Rotimi Aluko, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada; and Haotian Zheng, PhD, Assistant Professor in Food Chemistry, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, USA

Finalists:

Disaggregation of islet amyloid polypeptide fibrils as a potential anti-fibrillation mechanism of tetrapeptide TNGQ.
Raliat Abioye*, Ogadimma Okagu, Chibuike Udenigwe, Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada

The effect of uniform whey protein microgels on oil-in-water emulsion property improvements and their potential application as fat replacers to prepare fat-reduced food products.
Yifu Chu, Lingyun Chen, University of Alberta, Canada; Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Canada

Spent hen proteins: An untapped bioresource for food packaging applications.
Muhammad Zubair, Jianping Wu, Aman Ullah, Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Canada

Fabrication of strong heat-induced protein gels by combing soluble pea protein aggregates and κ-carrageenan.
Wenhao Cai*, Lingyun Chen, University of Alberta, Canada

*Indicates the presenting competition finalist.

Winners:

1st place: Raliat Abioye
$200 cash prize, recognition certificate, and a complimentary ticket to the Protein and Co-Products Division Dinner during the 2022 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

2nd place: Yifu Chu
$100 cash prize, recognition certificate, and a complimentary dinner ticket.