Student Common Interest Group

The Student CIG provides educational resources, extracurricular learning opportunities, and networking events, all designed to enhance a student’s academic experience. Become a student member today and learn what AOCS can do for you.

Get Involved

Being a part of the Student Common Interest Group (SCIG) leadership team brings you closer to the inner workings of the AOCS community. It is a platform to build your committee and leadership skills. Leadership roles in professional societies, such as AOCS, also prepare students for award opportunities, including these AOCS student awards - an important part of a student's academic career and of scientific societies. 

FREE  Benefits Include:

  • access to INFORM-digital edition
  • subscription to INFORM Smartbrief - weekly update of the industry's top news stories
  • membership in any of AOCS' 10 Divisions, each one covering a unique technical interest area
  • AOCS membership the first year after graduation

Latest Midweek Mixer

Student CIG: Where should you go? Government, academia, or industry? A panel discussion with experts

Where do you see yourself in your future career? As a student what should you do to achieve your future career goals? Lets learn from experts who already went through this path. Have your questions ready for this interactive panel discussion with leading experts from multiple backgrounds an career paths. 

This event will be hosted by Daniel Dodoo, University of Melbourne, Australia and Gözde Gülseren, University of Florida, USA, from the AOCS Student Common Interest Group.


Dr. Nandika Bandara (academia), Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba
Dr. Dilek Uzunalioglu (industry), Senior Director, Motif FoodWorks, US
Dr. Subhadeep Chakrabarti (government), Biomedical and regulatory scientist, Health Canada
Dr. Ece Gulkirpik (industry), recently graduated student, R&D Scientist at Cereal Partners Worldwide (Nestlé & General Mills), US

View the recording

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Ways to Get Involved

Membership in the Student CIG provides numerous opportunities for you to get further involved in AOCS.

The SCIG's direction and activities are completely student led, so we need your help!

Have an idea or activity you feel the group should offer? Please let us know!

Student Resources

Student Awards - AOCS hosts many awards which are specifically designed to honor the achievements of our students, and provide them with resources to complete their education. Please review each specific award webpage for application procedures and deadlines. 

University Research Programs (.pdf) - Listing of universities with information on their department areas of research and specialization.

Read the March 2022 SCIG newsletter.

Read the September 2021 SCIG newsletter.

Read the March 2021 SCIG Newsletter.

Student CIG Annual Meeting Activities

Each year the Student CIG plans several activities of interest for students during the AOCS Annual Meeting. These often consist of a speed networking event, a networking reception, a mentoring luncheon, and a session covering a topic of unique interest to student members.

Leadership Team