College Bowl

Since 1985, the IFTSA College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia.

The College Bowl is designed to facilitate interaction among students from different universities, stimulate the students' desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and provide a forum for students to engage in friendly competition. Teams for IFT Student Chapters in eight geographical areas of the Student Association compete in area competitions prior to the IFT Annual Meeting. The winning teams from the eight areas then compete in a final competition at the Annual Meeting.


Each IFTSA Chapter may draft one team. Teams should be made up of undergraduate and graduate members of the Institute of Food Technologists. For complete eligibility and competition rules, please review the competition rules linked to this page.


Each finalist team will receive a reimbursement for travel to IFT20 up to $1500. The national champion earns a $1000 award, and the runner-up a $750 award.


Questions & Rosters submitted: February 1
Regional competitions: dates vary
Final team roster: 1 week prior to regional competition

Abigail Sommer
The Ohio State University

Competition Rules (PDF)
Team Roster Template (XLSX)
Training Video