Alltech Young Scientist - FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rules and regulations of this competition?
Rules for the Alltech Young Scientist can be found here.

Who can participate?
Undergraduate, PhD and Masters students of any animal or agricultural science field currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.

How do students participate?
Students must submit a scientific paper based on a topic in the discipline areas of animal science, dairy science, veterinary science, agronomy, the biological sciences, or other related disciplines. In order to qualify, all students must submit a paper by the deadline of December 31.

Undergraduate student papers must not exceed 3500 words in length and graduate student papers must not exceed 5000 words in length. Each submission must be accompanied by a 250 word abstract based on the paper. The papers submitted cannot be previously published in any research journal. After the competition, students are encouraged to submit their research for publication in the journal of their choice.

What are the phases of the program?
The program will include two phases: regional and global. In the global phase, the winning student from each region will compete within his/her continent for a chance to attend the global competition held in Kentucky, USA. Out of 24 regional winners, four will be selected to advance. In this phase, all papers must be in English. We will help the students to have their work translated into English if necessary. Presentations should be based on the original paper submitted to the competition. Students present in English or with the help of a translator provided by Alltech. Sound experimental design and interpretation are essential. Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® is required. Some coaching assistance will be provided to the students on how to prepare their Powerpoint presentations.

Is registration mandatory?
Yes, it is mandatory to submit the registration form by December 31. However, it is advisable to register as soon as possible as it gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding your submission before uploading it to the website.

How will I know if my paper is a winner?
Alltech will communicate the date and location of the awards ceremony through contact information provided on your enrollment form.

Can I submit my paper in my native language?
In the local and regional phases, papers can be submitted in Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. For languages outside of this group please use the Google Translate website and paste that translation into the submission template in addition to your original language. If you use Google Translate, please include a note along with your submission stating this. In the global phase, we will assist the students in having their work translated into English if necessary.

How will winners be chosen?
Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges specially selected for this competition. The panel of judges will be appointed by Alltech, and will consist of a minimum of three (3) members: one (1) representative of Alltech and two (2) researchers / professors / industry experts.

Where can I get answers to additional questions during the competition?
Send an e-mail to: and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

How do I submit my paper?
Follow the instructions under the “Submit” tab. Once you have completed the template, you may upload it as well as your paper in a Microsoft Word (.doc) or text (.txt) format, but not as a pdf file. If you have additional questions at this point, please contact us at

I do not have a registration form. How can I get it?
You will find the registration form under the Register tab.

What are some examples of specific topics?

  • Yeast
  • Organic Trace Minerals
  • Natural Growth Promoters
  • Antibiotic Alternatives
  • Enzymes
  • Silage inoculants
  • Natural extracts and antioxidants
  • Environmental issues
  • Economic impacts
  • Animal nutrition
  • Food
  • Plants and crops
  • Aquaculture
  • Microbiology (animal and food related)
  • Environmental issues
  • Marketing
  • Economic impacts

Click here for more topics.

What are the judges looking for?

  • Does the abstract adequately describe the content of the submission?
  • Was the subject area narrow enough that an in depth submission was possible?
  • Was the subject in the general topic area described on the website?
  • How well is the existing literature reviewed?
  • Is evidence provided in a logical order?
  • Is there a convincing line of argument?
  • Has the author gone beyond presenting facts (data) to explanations and understanding?
  • Are the conclusions concise and accurate?
  • Did the author communicate what he/she set out to communicate?

How are submissions scored?

Written Presentation (60 points)

  • Clarity - clear, well organized (10 points)
  • Validity - correctness (10 points)
  • Originality (10 points)
  • Scientific thought and understanding (10 points)
  • Significance - implications of project/subject (5 points)
  • Thoroughness - effort /variety of resources (5 points)
  • Level of Science - from paper project to experimentation (10 points)

Oral Presentation (40 points)

  • Verbal - complete and accurate information given (10 points)
  • Physical - confidence, preparation (5 points)
  • PowerPoint content (layout) - easily readable slides (5 points)
  • Content and knowledge - translation of concepts from paper to oral presentation, understandable and interesting points (5 points)
  • Timing - practiced, well paced (5 points)
  • Q & A - Ability to explain and defend topic in question / answer session (10 points)

Does the program's definition of "Doctoral" degree in veterinary science mean that the program is intended for PhD students only, or does it include veterinary students pursuing a DVM (but not a PhD)?

Students pursuing a DVM are definitely eligible to compete, as are any other graduate students in a relevant field.

Will Alltech publish my abstract?

Alltech publishes the abstracts of the winning papers to help publicize the program.

Will Alltech publish my whole paper?

No, Alltech does not publish your paper and encourages you to submit it for publication to the Journal of your choice after the competition.