Entry must be submitted by 11:59pm Central Time on March 1
If you have been participating in an independent research project, then the Undergraduate Research Competition is for you. The competition is open to any IFTSA undergraduate member who has participated in original research, and who has not graduated by July 1 of the year prior to the competition.
Entrants are asked to submit a letter of intent to enter, an abstract describing the research (500 words or less), and a verification letter from the Food Science Department Head. Six finalists will be chosen to present their research both orally and via poster at the IFT Annual Meeting in the summer. Each finalist will be given a $500 travel award. In addition, the top three finalists will be awarded prizes of $1000, $750, and $250 and will be sent to them after the Annual Meeting.
Submit your Entry
Any student member of IFT, as of March 1 of the year of the competition, who is an undergraduate student or who has not graduated prior to July 1 of the year preceding the Annual Meeting is eligible to compete. Work must have been done individually by an undergraduate. A signed letter from the Department Head or a professor verifying the originality of the student's work will be required. The letter must be received by the Undergraduate Research Competition Chair no later than March 1. Letters can be emailed and MUST be sent by the Department Head or the professor.
*Review updated competition rules for recent rule changes and improvements
- Diego Casas from Texas Tech University
Research: "Mechanisms of inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes By Lactic Acid Bacteria"
- Skarleth Chinchilla from Texas Tech University
Research: "Salmonella Prevalence on hides, carcasses, and lymph nodes of cattle fed diets derived from Honduran by-Products for sustainability of the beef system"
- Daniel Finkenaur from Louisiana State University
Research: "A development of lyophilized alginate microcapsules coated with egg white protein for enhancing viability of Lactobacillus reuteri"
- Meredith Kuchera from Washington State University
Research: "Consumer Acceptance of a Polyphenol-Enriched Coffee Beverage"
- Katie Smoot from Washington State University
Research: "Sensory and Chemical Analysis of a Grape Pomace Flour-Fortified Coffee Beverage"
- Elvira Sukamtoh from University of Massachusetts Amherst
Research: "Effects and Mechanisms of Curcumin on Lymphangiogenesis in vitro"
1. Paula Feldmar from University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2. Robert Divine from Cornell University
3. Clinton Hervert from Cornell University
1st Place: Wisiani Wijaya of University of Massachusetts Amherst
2nd Place: Soon Kiat Lau of University of Nebraska, Lincoln
3rd Place: Jake R. Fischer of Washington State University
1. Margaret Debrauske, University of Wisconsin
2. Brittany Miller, Cornell University
3. Graysen Ortega, Texas Tech University
1. Abilgal Snyder, Ohio State University
2. Dominique Sinopoli, Cornell University
3. Karen Chang, Rutgers University
1. Rarinthorn Thammakulkrajang, Cornell University
2. (Tie) Ashley Hart, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2. (Tie) Ambrose Chan, University of Georgia
1. Kurt Ellis, Ohio State University
2. Melvany Kasih, Cornell University
3. Kari Michelle Jones, University of Tennessee
2008 Joseph Kreger, University of Illinois
2007 Jon Hutchinson, University of California-Davis
2006 Elaine Fan, Cornell University
2005 Mila Wihodo, Purdue University
2004 Chris Duncan, University of Florida
2003 Devon Cameron, University of Arkansas
2002 Sarah Woodling, Penn State University
2001 Matt Glaser, Oregon State University
2000 Rebecca Montville, Rutgers University
1999 Shonokeep Modak, Mississippi State University
1998 Christina Edwards van Muijen, Oregon State University
1997 Wendy Bennett, Rutgers University
1996 Kirby Hayes, Purdue University
1995 Kathryn Diebler, Clemson University
1994 Shawn Davis, Cornell University
1993 Douglas Christensen, University of Nebraska
1992 Rebecca Guzy, University of Missouri
1991 Gwen Allison, University of Alberta
1990 Robin Hewitt, University of Tennessee
1989 Sonia M. Hartunian, Iowa State University
1988 Mary M. Guyer, University of Arkansas
1987 Jane Prince, University of Tennessee
1986 Lisa Bruggman, Texas A&M University
1985 David R. Baldwin, Pennsylvania State University
1984 Catherine M. Gryniewicz, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
1983 Jody Enrich, Cornell University
1982 Jeffrey A. Stamp, University of Minnesota
1981 Sarah K. Geisert, University of Missouri
1980 Julie L. Komar, University of Illinois
1979 B. Brooks, University of Arizona
1978 Nina Birnbaum, Cornell University
1977 Gail B. McBride, University of British Columbia
1976 Rebecca M. Hamilton, University of Florida
1975 Eunice C.Y. Li, University of British Columbia
1974 Steve Sorenson, University of California-Davis