Monday, May 18, 2015

18/05/2015: Abdelrahman wins US Aquaculture Society/Alltech Young Scientist Award

The United States Aquaculture Society (USAS) joined the Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program in an inaugural partnership program, rewarding scientific intellect in the field of agri-science.

Hisham Abdelrahman, a student member of the USAS pursuing a doctoral degree at Auburn University, was selected as the best presentation winner during the USAS annual conference in New Orleans in February.

Per the USAS-AYS partnership, Abdelrahman was offered the opportunity to advance directly to the AYS North America regional competition. He took third place with his research paper, 'Effects of Mechanical Aeration on Water Temperature and Evaporation Rate in Aquaculture Ponds.'
Dr Kathleen Hartman, the former president of the United States
Aquaculture Society (USAS), accepts the Alltech Young Scientist
affiliation partnership certificate from Dr Jorge Arias, Alltech.
This year’s 10th annual Alltech Young Scientist program
partnered with the USAS to award scientific intellect and
investigation in the field of aquaculture
Abdelrahman won a US$600 cash prize and was invited to attend the Alltech REBELation, an international conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas currently taking place in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 17-20, together with his mentor Dr Claude E Boyd.

The Alltech Young Scientist program features the largest global university contest of its kind in the agri-science field. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, the program offers research organizations and university departments the opportunity to become Alltech Young Scientist affiliate partners, just like the USAS. As an affiliate partner, the local competition winners are fast-tracked to the Alltech Young Scientist regional competitions and receive a range of academic and career-orientated benefits.

“Working with Alltech aquaculture and AYS teams this year; we have created such a unique and outstanding opportunity for the USAS students. The students have been able to achieve even more with their science work,” said Dr Kathleen Hartman, former president of the United States Aquaculture Society.

“On behalf of all of us at USAS, I would like to thank Alltech for the great support.”

A total of 67 regional and local winners were awarded in the 2015 Alltech Young Scientist program, covering research topics ranging from aquaculture and crop science to animal health and environmental sustainability.

Representing six continents across the globe, eight finalists have moved on to the next level in the Alltech Young Scientist program and will present their research during the Alltech REBELation.

The winning graduate student will receive a US$10,000 cash prize and the winning undergraduate student will receive a US$5000 cash prize. For more information about the Alltech Young Scientist program, visit

Visit the Alltech site HERE.

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