Extracurricular Activities

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Students are encouraged to get involved in extracurricular activities. The following organizations and activities allow students to network with other students and food industry professionals:
  • Food Science Club
  • Bonneville Section of IFT
  • IFT Annual Meeting
  • IFTSA College Bowl
  • IMPA
  • Student Product Development Teams
  • Undergraduate Research Paper Competition
      Food Science Club Event



Food Science Club

The club is a student chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). All Food Science or Food Industry Management majors are automatically club members. Get on their email list and stop by the Food Science bulletin board by the Sensory Lab to find out what's happening. Dr. Michelle Lloyd, michelle_lloyd@byu.edu is the food science club adviser. Don't forget to check out the BYU Food Science Club Facebook page.

Bonneville Section of IFT Activity

Bonneville Section of IFT

The Bonneville Section of IFT holds several activities throughout the year, including guest lecture/dinners, and annual events such as Supplier's Night, Chocolate Night, and the Utah Food and Candy Expo. Participating in these activities is a great way to network with local people in the food industry.

IFT Annual Meeting

IFT Annual Meeting

The IFT Annual Meeting is held in June or July each year. It's a great opportunity to network with professionals in food science. The meeting includes technical sessions as well as a Food Expo. In the technical sessions, experts speak on various food science topics. Students also present their research in poster or oral presentations. The Food Expo is made up of hundreds of companies who set up booths to show off their food ingredients, processing equipment, or services. There is a lot of food and free stuff.

IFTSA College Bowl Competition

IFTSA College Bowl

This competition is organized by the IFT Student Association. There are 8 regions throughout the country and each must select a college bowl team to represent their region at the National Competition. The Western Region typically holds their College Bowl Competition in April. Two teams at a time compete against each other in answering food science trivia questions. The winning team goes to the national competition at the IFT Annual Meeting. Dr. Michelle Lloyd, michelle_lloyd@byu.edu is the college bowl team adviser. BYU Recently won the national competition in 2012.

IMPA Product Development competition  IMPA

Each year the Food Science Club forms a team to participate in the Idaho Milk Processors Association (IMPA) Product Development competition. BYU recently took 1st place in the 2013 competition with the popular Frigelato. The team begins working on a new product at the beginning of Winter semester and works through the summer. The team then presents their product to a panel of judges in August. Contact Dr. Mike Dunn, michael_dunn@byu.edu for more information.

Student Product Development Teams

In addition to IMPA, there are other product development contests available. Students who wish to participate in different competitions may form groups for the following contests:


IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition

Disney - IFTSA Product Development Competition

‚ÄčContact Dr. Mike Dunn, michael_dunn@byu.edu for more information.

Undergraduate Research Paper Competition

This competition is organized by IFTSA and open to any undergraduate students who have conducted original research. Students must submit an abstract of their research. The top six finalists will give an oral presentation of their research at the IFT Annual Meeting.