Seven students from as close as Kentucky and as far as China are destined for GLIMPSE 2020, the 29th Alltech International Symposium, May 19-22, in Lexington, Ky., to compete in the Alltech Young Scientist Competition. Although the four undergraduate finalists and three graduate finalists come from different countries and cultures, they share the common aspiration of advancing the world through scientific discovery.
Ogla Ushkova of Izhevsk State Agricultural Academy in Russia; Sara Tanner of the University of Kentucky in the United States; and Nimesha Fernando of the University of Melbourne in Australia will compete in the final round of graduate competition. Undergraduate competitors are Amanda Pesqueira of the University of Kentucky in the United States; Liangzhan Sun of Shandong Agricultural University in China; Jan D. Mostert of the University of Pretoria in South Africa; and Nelson Pena of the Universidad de Costa Rica in Costa Rica.
The finalists, who were selected from more than 8,000 applicants for the competition, will arrive in Lexington this Friday, when they will join together for a dinner and polish their research presentations with the help of mentors. The students will deliver their presentations before a panel of judges on Saturday.
During the course of Symposium, they will participate in tours of Alltech’s headquarters and Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., as well as the Kentucky Night celebration at the Alltech Arena on Monday. The finalists will attend Symposium sessions addressing the future of agriculture, science, the environment, technology, marketing and more.
The undergraduate and graduate winners, who receive $5,000 and $10,000 scholarships respectively, will be announced on Wednesday, May 22, during the Symposium Closing Plenary Session. In addition to new learning experiences and international friendships, the finalists will take home trophies and iPads.
Good luck to all the Alltech Young Scientist finalists!