Keep trying again and again and again…. Learning more each time…. and you will succeed at reaching your goal!
It was more than six years ago that I looked at an Alltech poster about organic minerals at the Agrena exhibition in Cairo, Egypt. The poster interested me so I asked the person who was standing by it about the subject. I asked him to send me the research papers that had been published about the product, as minerals and vitamins were my interest area for my masters research . From that day on I knew Alltech.
In 2010, I heard about the Alltech Young Scientist competition from Mr. Roland who had come to my college in China, where I was then studying, to promote the Alltech Young Scientist competition. He talked not only about the Alltech Young Scientist competition and nutrigenomics research (my area of interest), but he also talked about Alltech as a company, and how Alltech was helping the students and people all over the world in many different ways.
That day I decided I wanted to participate in Alltech Young Scientist competition, with the goal of competing in the global phase, so that I could also visit the Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition Centre at Alltech’s headquarters in Lexington Kentucky.
In 2010, I submitted the first paper to the competition (a review article). It was the first time I had written a review article, I did not win that year, but judges gave me very useful comments on what was needed for a winning paper. In 2011, I submitted the second paper (a review article again ) but on a different topic. I did not win again but received useful feedback from the judges.
I put all the judges’ comments in the front of my eyes and used what I had learned in the two competitions when I wrote my first review article for submission to a scientific journal. That article was published last year and I had a second review article that was been submitted for publication this year.
Now I wanted to compete in the 2012 Alltech competition. It was my last chance to achieve my goal to win, as I would graduate in 2013. I submitted a research article based on my current research in 2012. Then in March of 2013, while I was very busy with my Ph.D. dissertation, I received an e-mail from the Young Scientist competition. It was the one that for three years I had been wishing for. The e-mail told me that my paper has been selected by the judges as the Europe/Africa/Middle East Region 1st Place Graduate winner for the AYS competition.
Now I will not only achieve my goal of competing globally this month in the USA, and visiting the Alltech Nutrigenomics centre, but I will be attending a world class symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. Just as important though, is that through this process, I have learned how to write good scientific papers.
Wish me success now in competing for the top prize of AYS competition, and even if I don’t win the top global prize next month, this competition has already induced changes in my life and I am so excited about the upcoming trip and the world of opportunities it will open to me .