Alltech named eight finalists vying for the 2014 Alltech Young Scientist undergraduate and graduate titles.

Out of more than 8,500 registrations for the competition, the eight students received the top prize in the undergraduate or graduate division in their respective regions. They also receive an all expense-paid trip to compete in the finals, to be held held in conjunction with the 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium, May 18-21, in Lexington, Ky.

Undergraduate Finalists:

•     Araceli Antonieta Olivares Salas, Universidad Mayor de Chile, Chile

•     Norhaslinda Syarial, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

•     Gillian Johnson, University of Limerick, Ireland

•     Sarah Childers, University of Tennessee, United States

Graduate Finalists:

•       Reda Saleh Mohamed Ibrahim, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

•       Lei Wang, West Virginia University, United States

•       Cristiano Bortoluzzi, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

•       Humaira Sultana, University of Melbourne, Australia

In addition to a trophy and an iPad, the winning graduate student will receive a $10,000 USD scholarship prize and the winning undergraduate student will receive a $5,000 USD scholarship prize.

Registration and paper submission for the 2014-2015 Alltech Young Scientist Competition is available online now and will close Dec. 31, 2014. Scientific papers submitted for the Alltech Young Scientist  Competition may cover topics including veterinary science, animal nutrition, food and feed technology, sustainability, agricultural management, marketing, environmental science and economics. For more information about the Alltech Young Scientist Awards, visit