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
- IFT College Bowl
- Product Development Team
- Undergraduate Research Paper Competition
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, firstname.lastname@example.org the food science club advisor.
The Bonneville Section of IFT holds several activities throughout the year, including guest lecture/dinners and an annual Supplier's Night. Participating in these activities is a great way to network with local people in the food industry.
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.
This competition is organized by the IFT Student Association. There are 6 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, email@example.com is the college bowl team advisor.
Product Development TeamThis team works to develop new food products to submit to various competitions. Contact Dr. Mike Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Possible competitions include:
- Danisco Knowledge Award (Entry form due Jan 15th)
- California Almonds Are In Almond Innovations Contest (Proposals due Nov 5th)
- IFTSA Product Development Competition (Preliminary proposals due Feb 15th)
Undergraduate Research Paper CompetitionThis 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.