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Alltech Young Scientist

Welcome to the largest agri-science competition in the world!

The Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) competition began in 2005 as an expression of Dr. Pearse Lyons’ passion for curiosity and innovation in education. As a scientist, he understood the challenges of research and the excitement that comes with breakthroughs that could solve real problems. Through the Alltech Young Scientist program, he hoped to create a closer connection between agri-science students and the real challenges of the agri-food industry. Most importantly, he wanted to inspire and showcase the talents of university students who represent tomorrow’s leaders for our planet’s shared future.

Today, the Alltech Young Scientist program continues to honor Dr. Lyons’ legacy by engaging and empowering students to create innovative solutions that will make a difference in the world and encouraging them to pursue careers in agriculture. We are furthering this mission through partnerships and research alliances with more than 1,200 universities around the world.

The Experience

Finalists are invited to travel to Kentucky for the final phase of the competition. During this all-expenses-paid experience, finalists gain access to mentoring and presentation coaching from experienced scientists, as well as networking opportunities with global industry professionals and countless occasions to foster lifelong friendships.