As part of its commitment to furthering scientific education, animal nutrition company Alltech has presented the 2010 Alltech Young Scientist Award to Lee-Anne Huber, an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph, Canada and Michael Steele, a graduate student at the University of Guelph, Canada.
The winners who, who were chosen from 5,000 entries from around the world, were announced during Alltech's
26th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
The undergraduate winner was Lee Ann Huber, also from the University of Guelph. She carried out very important
new research examining amino acid use in swine diets, specifically the previously ignored area of optimal ratio of isoleucine to lysine in pig starter diets. “This competition was an amazing learning experience and every university student should take advantage of this opportunity,” said Huber.
The graduate level winner was Michael Steele from the University of Guelph in Canada, with a groundbreaking research paper that examined the molecular mechanisms underlying rumen epithelial adaption to high grain diets in dairy cattle. He utilized transcriptomic data to reveal the potential metabolic mechanisms involved in how the cells adapt during ruminal acidosis. “Discussing my research with the world's best agricultural scientists present at this meeting has made this one of the most exciting weeks of my life and the best part of the competition,” said Steele.
“These students are outstanding examples of young scientists with an ability to communicate their research both to other scientists and to the public, with a strong dedication to our industry, a passion for research, and an unflagging determination to increase animal health using state of the art laboratory technologies combined with field experimentation,” said Young Scientist Program Director Dr. Inge Russell.
Ten regional winners, five graduate students, and five undergraduates representing North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Africa and Middle-Eastern region were invited to Alltech's Symposium for the final stage of the competition. Here, they presented their papers to a judging panel of academics and industry experts, for the graduate grand prize of $10,000 and the undergraduate grand prize $5,000.
“Our desire to have the Alltech Young Scientist Award continually grow will encourage students interested in the field of agricultural science, as well as continue our dedication to young people and research,” said Alltech president and founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons. “From the first year, our rate of applicants has grown from 75 registrants to over 5,000 registrants. We hope to eventually have 50,000 potential 'young scientists' take part in our annual program.”