The deadline for the 2016 competition has passed.
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.
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
Adam Castillo from Texas Tech University
Research: "Novel Lactic Acid Bacteria (L28, L14) as a biocontrol agent for inhibition of Salmonella in a raw chicken fat dog food ingredient"
Jorge Franco from Texas Tech University
Research: "Comparison of Commercially Available and Novel Lactic Acid Bacteria (L28, FS56) as Bio-sanitizers to Inhibit Listeria monocytogenes on Stainless Steel Surfaces"
Sara Scinto from Ohio Wesleyan University
Research: "Converting End of Shelf-Life, Surplus Vegetables into Value-Added, Fermented Vegetable Products"
Menghan Shi from Ohio State University
Research: "Assessment of Semi-moist Pet Treat Storage Stability at Different Temperatures by Combination of Physical Properties and NMR Analyses"
Genevieve Sullivan from Cornell University
Research: "Physicochemical factors affect bacterial attachment on food packaging surfaces: a theoretical and experimental study"
Samantha Van Wees from Cornell University
Research: "Inactivation of Bacillus licheniformis vegetative cells and spores in milk using pulsed light treatment"