Opportunities for students and early career professionals within AOAC INTERNATIONAL include mentorships, networking with AOAC leadership, networking locally, scholarships, and internship experiences.

Student Awards and Scholarships

AOAC INTERNATIONAL/Eurofins Foundation “Testing for Life” Student Award

This student award, supported by contributions from the Eurofins Foundation, encourages 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. Learn more >

AOAC INTERNATIONAL/Herbalife Nutrition Scholarship

This student scholarship, supported by contributions from Herbalife Nutrition, encourages student researchers who are advancing analytical or molecular (DNA) testing. Learn more >

AOAC INTERNATIONAL/SCIEX Rising Star Award

This student award, supported by contributions from SCIEX, encourages the integration of graduate students into AOAC INTERNATIONAL, with a focus on candidates with demonstrable potential to become thought leaders and scientific influencers in their respective fields. Learn more >

Get Involved in Regional Sections

18 AOAC Sections connect analytical communities in the U.S. and worldwide, representing four continents and more than 100 countries.

Sections provide opportunities for participants to share information, build professional contacts, expand leadership skills, and gain practical management experience. Each AOAC Section hosts at least one networking event each year, featuring technical presentations and discussions by leading local and national experts.

Getting involved in your Regional Section provides opportunities for local networking and mentorship experiences. Learn more >

New Member and First-Time Attendee Orientation

Hosted each year at the AOAC Annual Meeting & Exposition, this face-to-face orientation with AOAC leadership allows you to learn more about AOAC and the Annual Meeting. Topics include:

  • Volunteerism in AOAC and the AOAC Regional Sections
  • The value of AOAC membership
  • An overview of the Annual Meeting & Exposition, including networking opportunities, poster presentations, exhibit hall, symposia, Wiley Address, receptions, Opening Session and Awards Ceremony, and more
  • AOAC new member and leadership mixer

Join an AOAC Community

AOAC’s volunteer communities allow stakeholders to share ideas and stay abreast of the latest developments in their area of interest. Communities include Food Allergens, Agricultural Materials, Microbiology, Pesticides, and more. Learn more >

Contest for First-Time AOAC Poster Presenters

This contest encourages first-time AOAC Annual Meeting attendees to showcase their analytical work. The AOAC Technical Programming Council appoints a panel of judges to evaluate posters on content, oral delivery, discussion with presenters, and overall formatting.

The top five posters among first-time attendees are awarded plaques, recognized at the Annual Meeting, and published in an issue of Inside Laboratory Management (ILM).