Get recognized for your research

Passionate students like you are bringing creative solutions to global problems. At AOCS, we know finding a footing for your research can be hard.

Present at the Sustainable Protein Forum, co-located with the AOCS annual meeting, to connect with a global community of thought leaders and industry experts – giving you the tools to move your research forward and launch your career.

This year's student poster competition will take place in-person in Montreal. All students who submit an accepted poster abstract and attend the Sustainable Protein Forum will be eligible for the competition. Presenters must be a student at the time of the abstract’s submission.

How the competition works

Any student who submits a poster abstract accepted to the program is eligible to participate in-person in Montreal. AOCS will assign timeslots for each author to meet with judges and answer any questions about their poster.

The Sustainable Protein Forum, along with all 10 AOCS Divisions, will sponsor competitions. Judges will be poster session chairs from the respective categories. Judges will choose first and second place winners based on a common rubric.

All posters are also eligible for an "audience favorite" in each category, which is selected by meeting attendees.

Prizes for Sustainable Protein Forum student posters

First place - $300, an AOCS membership and a certificate

Second place - $200, an AOCS membership and a certificate

Audience favorite - $100, an AOCS membership and a certificate

How to submit a poster abstract and enter the competition

The Sustainable Protein Forum is co-located with the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, and both share the same abstract submission system. To submit to the Sustainable Protein Forum:

  1. Visit the AOCS Abstract Management Submission System and log in using your AOCS account credentials, or create a new account if you do not have one.
  2. Begin a new abstract submission and choose ‘Poster Abstract’ as the submission type.
  3. During the ‘Add Your Poster Abstract’ step, choose the ‘Sustainable Protein Forum’ as your Interest Area and indicate it's a student submission.
  4. Submit your abstract...that's it!

If your poster is accepted to the program, AOCS will provide additional information about creating your poster.

If you have any questions about the Student Poster Competition or your submission, contact Steph Adams,

What's the difference between the Sustainable Protein Forum and AOCS Protein and Co-products Division?

The Protein and Co-products Division poster session is tailored for a technical and applied focus, while the Sustainable Protein Forum poster session offers a broader, interdisciplinary perspective on sustainable proteins and their impact on food production systems. If you have any questions or want to know more about the right fit for your poster submission, contact Steph Adams at