February 11, 2020

New awards program supports student innovation in life science testing

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February 11, 2020—AOAC INTERNATIONAL today announced that applications are being accepted for the 2020 AOAC INTERNATIONAL/Eurofins Foundation “Testing for Life” Student Award.

The AOAC Award, supported by contributions from the Eurofins Foundation, is designed to encourage student researchers who are advancing basic or applied science in analytical or molecular testing for food safety, food security, food defense, food authenticity, or health and environmental protection.

“Eurofins is proud to support the new generation of promising scientists exploring novel solutions to analytical science challenges,” said Gilles Martin, CEO of Eurofins Scientific. “Encouraging these young innovators is aligned with the Eurofins Foundation mission: to contribute to a safer and healthier world by advancing testing technologies.”

Up to five winners will receive a cash prize of US $3,000 and funding to attend the 2020 AOAC INTERNATIONAL Annual Meeting September 11-17 in Orlando, Florida, where they will present their work to hundreds of leading analytical scientists from around the world. In addition, awardees receive a 2-day mentorship experience tailored to their area of research and a 1-year membership in AOAC. They will also be featured in AOAC’s highly respected Inside Laboratory Management magazine.

“This is a unique program for mentoring up-and-coming scientists,” said Dave Schmidt, Executive Director of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. “By providing an opportunity for students to showcase their work and network with top scientists in their field, AOAC and Eurofins Foundation are laying the foundation for a promising future in life science testing.”

Submitted abstracts and supporting material will be judged by a panel of analytical science experts from industry, government, academia, and nonprofit sectors. Applications for the 2020 Award must be received by May 1, 2020. Details and a submission form are available on the Awards guidance web page.

For more information, please contact Marida Hines, Communications Manager at [email protected].


AOAC INTERNATIONAL is a globally recognized, 501(c)(3), independent, third party, not-for-profit association and voluntary consensus standards developing organization founded in 1884. When analytical needs arise within a community or industry, AOAC INTERNATIONAL is the forum for finding appropriate science-based solutions through the development of microbiological and chemical standards. The AOAC Official Methods of Analysis database is used by food scientists around the world to facilitate public health and safety and to promote trade. For more information, please visit www.aoac.org.

About the Eurofins Foundation

The Eurofins Foundation is a Public Interest Foundation, which was legally established in Belgium in September 2019 to support long-term philanthropy efforts contributing to global health and safety and protecting the environment. The Eurofins Foundation is also committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its activities. Eurofins Scientific is an international life sciences company which provides a unique range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries. With more than 800 laboratories in 47 countries providing food, environment, pharmaceutical and other testing that impact all aspects of people’s lives, Eurofins is contributing to a safer and healthier world through “Testing for Life.”