Jay Gilbert is a senior food science major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst currently applying to attend graduate school for his Ph.D. While attending UMass Jay has been involved in a number of leadership activities along with internships. Much of his involvement has been through IFTSA sponsored competitions and activities. Over the past 4 years Jay has worked for both the Goddard and Nugen Research Groups and has had numerous abstracts accepted for competitions. This included the IFT Undergraduate Research Competition, where he was selected as a finalist during his freshmen year. Outside of research Jay has been very involved with the UMass IFT Product Development Team. Jay is currently the IFTSA North Atlantic Area Representative.
Jay has been a member of the UMass College of Natural Science Dean’s Student Leadership Committee for the past three years. The Committee includes a small group of students who work closely with the dean in order to help with open houses, student speaking, and guest speakers. Throughout my summers as an undergraduate I have participated in numerous internships. The summer following his freshmen year Jay continued conducting undergraduate research. During the summer of his sophomore year Jay accepted an intern position at PepsiCo in Valhalla, NY. This past summer he worked for ConAgra Foods in Omaha, NE where he will be returning this coming summer as well.
Jay has been a member of IFT’s Student and Student Association since 2010.