Midnight Snack: May 2011 Official Newsletter of the IFT Student Association


Head Chef: A Letter from our President


Hello everyone,
It's early June which means a couple things. First, congratulations to students who have graduated from their food science programs! Second, the 2011 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® is right around the corner ...

Are you ready for New Orleans? For those of you who have attended this incredible event, you know the fun is just up ahead.

There are several student sessions occurring at the Annual Meeting including competition finals, graduate research presentations, networking receptions, and the IFT Career Fair. A best practice for the Annual Meeting is to start planning your schedule now. Did you know IFT has a new Smartphone application specifically designed for the Annual Meeting? The mobile app is very useful and free!

Don't forget to register for the 11th Annual Fun Run & Walk sponsored by the IFT Student Association and Feeding Tomorrow. Proceeds from the 5K event are designated for food science scholarships. Join your friends and volunteer at the IFT Cares event where we partner with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadinia. This event has almost reached capacity so register today!
I hope to see you in the Big Easy!

Andrea Bouma
IFTSA President 2010-2011

Andrea Bouma

Expiration Dates: Announcements & Deadlines

Take a look at the students who will be representing you during the 2011-2012 year!

Elected Officers (Voting)




Jennifer Willig

U. of Kentucky


Matt Cael

Louisiana State U.

Past President

Andrea Bouma

Oregon State U.

Central Atlantic Representative

Quin Patton

North Carolina State U.

Midwest Area Representative

Jamie Greene

U. of Kentucky

Mountain West Area Representative

Aliyar Fouladkhah

Colorado State U.

North Atlantic Area Representative

Xi Chen

Rutgers University

North Central Area Representative

Gregory Turbes

U. of Wisconsin, Madison

Pacific West Area Representative

Kirk Smith

U. of California, Davis

South Central Area Representative

Lisbeth Rives

Texas A&M U.

Southeast Area Representative

Adriana Soto

Louisiana State U.

Vice Presidents (Non-Voting)



VP of Finance

Allison Atnip

The Ohio State University

VP of Membership Experiences

Emily Del Bel

Oregon State University

VP of Competitions

Leann Barden

University of Massachusetts

VP of IFT Relations (+ Chapter Leaders Workshop Chair)

Jonathan Baugher

North Carolina State University

iVP of Development and Communications (+ IS Chair)

Emily Wolter

Texas Tech University

Advisor (3 year term non-voting)

Lauren Shimek


IFT staff liaison (unlimited term non-voting)

Anna Ylijoki

Institute of Food Technologists





Fun Run Co-chair

Karin Thorsen

Washington State University

Fun Run Co-chair

Jennifer Merle

Rutgers University




Chapter of the Year

Claire Aucella

Cornell University

College Bowl

Helen Melito

North Carolina State University

Product Development

Sanja Cvitkusic

North Carolina State University


Amy DeJong

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Undergraduate Paper

Ariel Buehler

University of Tennessee

Heart Healthy

Tien-Hsin Wu

University of California- Davis

Developing Solutions for Developing Countries

Wenchao Li

Rutgers University

Why should you attend the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo? Attending the Annual Meeting is your chance to shine as the great students and young professionals that you are. The Annual Meeting will provide you with many opportunities to network with students and industry professionals. Those you meet at the Annual Meeting are people that you are likely to see again, whether that be in the workplace or at a future food expo event. Networking and making connections with other students and food industry professionals is the key to success in this industry; therefore, it is essential to put on a professional attitude while on the food expo floor.

Here are some tips for a successful meeting:
1) Maintain a professional appearance – business casual attire is recommended.
2) Bring a few copies of your resume with you – you never know when the perfect job or internship opportunity may present itself!
3) Don't be afraid to network – talk to people and ask questions about their jobs and the companies they work for. This is not only a good opportunity to network, but also a great way to learn more about working in the industry.
4) Plan ahead – take a look at the schedule of events and the scientific program, get an idea of the different events and sessions that you want to attend, and make a schedule for yourself.

Students have been invited to attend an educational and professional development session at the Annual Meeting on Monday, June 13 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Room 396. This session provides students with valuable information on internships. How do internships benefit students? Internships provide students with work experience directly related to major fields of study, training in verbal and written communication, teamwork, leadership, motivation, and an exploration of career possibilities. View additional information about this session in the IFT Scientific Program.

IFT and IFTSA are excited to announce Sam Kass is the invited guest speaker for the IFTSA Welcome Assembly on June 13. Kass is the assistant chef for the White House, the Senior Policy Advisor for the Healthy Food Initiative, and has been an influential advisor with the Let's Move Campaign. While in New Orleans, Chef Kass will have the opportunity to tour the expo floor, meet with IFT leaders, as well as speak to student attendees at the Welcome Assembly.

The IFTSA Networking Reception will occur on Tuesday, June 14 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Maison on Frenchmen. This event is open to all IFTSA members. Entry to the reception is free, and includes small appetizers and two drinks. This is a great opportunity to network with student members from around the world. There will be a DJ spinning sweet tunes throughout the evening, so come join us, say hello, and have fun!


Undergraduate Research Competition Finalists Announcement
Congratulations to the finalists in the Undergraduate Research competition!

Karen Chang -- Rutgers University
Jessica Emery -- Michigan State University
Kevin Johnson -- University of Massachusetts
Charmaine Koo -- University of British Columbia
Dominique Sinopoli -- Cornell University
Abigail Snyder -- The Ohio State University

The final competition will occur on Sunday, June 12 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Each finalist will present a brief overview of his or her project in an oral presentation to judges. Immediately following, the finalists will take questions from judges and audience members.

College Bowl Competition
The eight teams representing their regions at the 26th Annual Intercollegiate Food Science and Technology College Bowl Competition on Monday, June 13 are:

Central Atlantic -- North Carolina State University
Midwest -- The Ohio State University
Mountain West -- Chapman University
North Atlantic -- University of Maine
North Central -- University of Minnesota
Pacific West -- Oregon State University
South Central -- University of Arkansas
Southeast -- Clemson University

IFTSA Product Development Competition
In this year's IFTSA Product Development Competition sponsored by Mars, 24 teams from the U.S. and Canada submitted product entries. The following six final teams will compete on Sunday, June 12 and Monday, June 13:

Cornell University -- Vege3
Michigan State University -- Minute Escape
Ohio State University -- Omega Munch
Pennsylvania State University -- Par-fections
University of Massachusetts Amherst -- Joe Nuts
University of Wisconsin-Madison -- Blissful Bites

IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition
This year there were 28 entries submitted from domestic and international teams in the IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition sponsored by General Mills. The following six teams were chosen to compete in the finals on Monday, June 13:

Cornell University -- MandiMais
University of Minnesota -- Nkwa Brodo
Rutgers University -- Galletas Fortaleza

Brawijaya University -- Iron-Rich Instant Noodle
Gadjah Mada University -- Soy Rice Porridge
Institute of Chem Technology, Mumbai -- Ferro-Power

AMFE Competition Schedule
Come watch your peers compete in the finals! All events are open sessions.

Sunday June 12, 2011

IFTSA-Mars Product Development Competition Oral Competition
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Undergraduate Research Competition
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Monday June 13, 2011

IFTSA-Mars Product Development Competition Poster Session
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Oral Competition
9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Disney-IFTSA Product Development Oral Competition
2:00- 5:00 p.m.
Mixer and Chapter of the Year Displays
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Welcome Assembly and College Bowl Competition
6:30-11:00 p.m.

Heart Healthy Competition Winners
This year's inaugural IFTSA Heart Healthy Product Development Competition was sponsored by CanolaInfo. Final teams competed March 23 and 24 at the IFT Wellness Conference in Rosemont, IL. Congratulations to the winning team from Louisiana State University that developed the shelf-stable bubble tea, "Ze-Ti," designed for the grab-and-go lifestyle.
Second Place Winner: Rutgers University "HeartVest"
Third Place Winner: Texas Tech University "FruiTeeze"

D.D. Williamson Beverage Coloring Competition Winner
D.D. Williamson congratulates Pui Yeu (Rei) Phoon, a graduate student in food science at Purdue University, for winning its first annual Beverage Coloring Competition for students. The winning entry is a citrus-flavored beverage fortified with beta-carotene, a bioactive lipid antioxidant that contributes both Vitamin A and coloring. The system used to deliver the beta-carotene is the novelty of the beverage. Ms. Phoon's award is a trip to attend the Annual Meeting. You have the opportunity to meet Rei on Monday, June 13 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Booth 4429.

Smaro KokkinidouDr. Richard L. Hall Scholarship in Flavor Science Recipient
Smaro Kokkinidou has earned the Dr. Richard L. Hall Scholarship in Flavor Science for the 2011-2012 academic year. A graduate student attending the University of Minnesota, Smaro's research analyzes how phenolic chemistry affects the flavor development of non-refrigerator milk. Established in 2009 with generous contributions from the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA), this scholarship recognizes Dr. Hall's achievements in flavor science. Through fifty years of dedicated service, Dr. Hall has exemplified excellence in the flavor industry.

Local Flare: Chapter & Club News

What has your food science club been up to this year? IFTSA wants to know! Whether you are a club officer at your school's chapter or an active member, please send your event photos! We are looking for photos of our student members in action to post on the IFTSA website and share in a slide show at this year's Welcome Assembly. Please send your photos to Mary McCulloch at mccul102@mail.chapman.edu by June 3, 2011.


Central Atlantic Area
The Central Atlantic Area meeting was hosted by the University of Delaware during the weekend of April 2. Students from four out of the five chapters attended this event in Newark, NJ. North Carolina State University came away with the regional win for the College Bowl Competition. Many thanks to the team of sponsors and volunteers that helped make this weekend a huge success! The weekend festivities also included awesome food, tours of the food science facilities at the University of Delaware, inspiring and educational speakers, and mingling downtown at great local venues.

Central Atlantic

Midwest Area
The Midwest Area Meeting started with a pizza party sponsored by Tyson Foods. The Purdue University food science club made pizzas for the event and hosted the dinner at the Philip Hall of Food Science. During dinner, there was a quick-fire product development competition in which each group was given an ingredient, a processing step, and a demographic to create a food using all three criteria. Students attended a private moonlight brewery tour on Friday night at the "People's Brewery" in Lafayette, IN. The brew master and owner hosted the tour and answered questions about the brewery. On Saturday morning, a full cereal bar was hosted by General Mills while groups attended a tour of the food science facilities at Purdue. After the tours, there was a panel discussion with industry professionals in which students could ask questions about the transition from academic life to industry. Kroger sponsored a local smokehouse for lunch before the College Bowl Competition. The Ohio State University faced a tough competition against the University of Tennessee, but ended up winning the Midwest Area Competition.

Mountain West Area
The Mountain West area meeting kicked off at Agriscapes Cal Poly Pomona with a delicious buffet dinner. Club presidents shared the types of events, fundraisers, and activities their clubs had participated in over the past year. Dinner concluded with a candy buffet in which all attendees were invited to fill a jar with their favorite sweet treats! The next morning, there was a breakfast for the competing teams and their advisors, followed by the College Bowl Competition. The competition was fierce, and all teams brought their best, but Chapman University came out on top. The competition was followed by a delicious and fun dinner at Don Jose's Restaurant.

Mountain West

North Atlantic Area
The North Atlantic area meeting was held at Rutgers' Food Science department on April 8 and April 9. Five universities attended this event: Rutgers University, Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, University of Maine, and the University of Massachusetts, with a total of 150 attendees. On April 8, there was a welcome dinner and ice breaker at Guru Place Restaurant. On April 9, students participated in a department tour and the college bowl competition. The winner of the College Bowl Competition was the University of Maine.

North Atlantic

North Central Area
The North Central area meeting was hosted by the University of Minnesota. Dr. Steven McKay, a horticulture researcher specializing in apple breeding, led a lecture on the process of apple breeding and how it applies to consumers and food science. Dinner that night was graciously provided by Cargill Kitchen Solutions. The next day students had a tour of the food science department and divided into teams where students were able to meet and work on a short product development game. After the event and lunch, the following universities participated in the College Bowl Competition: Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin- Madison, University of Wisconsin- River Falls, and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. University of Nebraska -Lincoln brought over 20 students to support their team. Minnesota won the College Bowl Competition. The chapter area presidents met after the competition.

North Central

Pacific West Area
A highlight event of the Pacific West Area meeting (besides the College Bowl Competition) was the fiesta that occurred at the home of IFTSA President, Andrea Bouma. There was a burrito bar, music, salsa dancing, and a piñata! The other popular event was a photo scavenger hunt which was a great success. At least one student from each different school was on a team. Students had to visit different landmarks at Oregon State University campus including taking a photo of squirrels. It was a great bonding experience and gave visiting students an opportunity to tour the school in an informal manner. Tom Shellhammer, professor of brewing science at Oregon State University, Karl Ockert, Director of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, and Dave Takush and Aaron Sarnoff-Wood of 2 Towns Ciderhouse, discussed the evolving microbrew industry in the Pacific Northwest, IFT involvement, and activities and experiences from school and work that helped to shape their careers.

Pacific West

South Central Area
The South Central area meeting began with dinner at Dave and Buster's with the Longhorn Section IFT, where students met with food professionals from the industry during dinner, and learned from their 'mentor' about the food industry, their career futures, networking, and more. Afterwards students played the arcade games at Dave and Buster's Restaurant. On Friday morning at Frito-Lay's headquarters in Plano, TX, students participated in the College Bowl Competition. After a good competition, the University of Arkansas was victorious. Afterwards the students went on a tour of Frito-Lay's research and development facilities and returned to the location of the College Bowl for lunch, conversation, and a special appearance from Chester the Cheetah. Students received free Frito-Lay chips and a goody bag filled with products from various local companies.

SouthCentral College Bowl OSU

Southeast Area
At the Southeast Area meeting, the department chair of Clemson University treated the attendees to an ice cream social at the '55 Exchange, a student run retail Micro Creamery. Saturday morning started off with the regional business meeting where each chapter discussed their recent events (field trips, fundraisers, community outreach, and volunteer efforts) and Adriana Soto of Louisiana State University was introduced as the 2011-2012 IFTSA Southeast Area Representative. After the meeting, Dr. Thomas R. Scott, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, gave a warm welcome and a brief introduction to the degrees offered in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences. Next, the students participated on a tour of Clemson's Food Science and Packaging Sciences facilities, and the morning concluded with lunch. By the end of the afternoon (and the end of a fierce competition), the Clemson University Tigers came out on top as the Southeast Area College Bowl Champions.

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Snapshot of my life:
A former IFTSA President (2006-07), I currently serve as the Senior Director, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition. The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973 and based in Washington DC, is the leading trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. CRN companies produce a large portion of the dietary supplements marketed in the United States and globally (www.crnusa.org). My passion for the field, dedication to producing and disseminating sound-science, and actively impacting the lives of consumers attracted me to CRN and Washington, DC. Prior to joining CRN, I served as the Scientific Communications Program Manager at the North American Branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (www.ilsina.org).

Outside of work, my hobbies include intra-mural sports and the outdoors. I currently play intra-mural kickball and flag football here in Washington, DC and I am currently training to run the Maryland Warrior Dash at the end of May. I am also treasurer of Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of IFT… Remember to sign up for the IFTSA Fun Run in New Orleans and catch me if you can!

Where did I attend college?
I completed my undergraduate degree in food science at the University of Kentucky while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Kentucky outdoors, world renowned bourbon, and horse racing.

For my master's and doctorate degrees, I moved to Columbus, OH to work with Dr. Monica Giusti in the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University. While at OSU, I published nutrition-related studies on "tissue distribution of black raspberry anthocyanins in rat models" and chemistry-related studies on "the analysis of anthocyanins and flavanols in cocoa and cranberry extracts."

How did I become interested in food science?
As a high school senior, my best friend Jennifer Willig and I attended orientation week at the University of Kentucky. We were randomly drawn to food science in a freshman recruitment effort and were hooked from day one. Originally, I was interested in the food microbiology field; however, after working as an undergraduate researcher studying the effects of low-voltage UV-light on Listeria monocytogenes in deli meat, I realized that I was better suited for nutrition and food chemistry. I immediately became interested in functional ingredients and dietary supplements.

How did IFT/IFTSA help me transition from a student to professional?
IFT has been the most significant contributor to my growth as a young professional. I have been a member of IFT since 2002, and have served many roles at the national, section, division, and student levels. IFT continues to give me the distinct opportunity to learn from, interact with, and be mentored by some of the most distinguished scientists and leaders in the food industry as I transition through my career. I have so many wonderful friends and colleagues across the globe because of my involvement with IFT and IFTSA.

What are my success tips for students who might be entering the workforce for the first time?
Remember to always continuously illustrate a positive personal brand! Use your days as a student to develop your brand as an emerging scientist and leader. Get involved in IFT and develop personal relationships with those around you, especially those more seasoned professionals who have experience and intelligence you can extract and mimic. I recommend the book What Color is Your Parachute. The exercises in the final chapter helped me to focus on what my career aspirations and goals really were. After completing the exercises I discussed my findings with a close IFT mentor of mine that I have known for over 8 years. Know your strengths and weaknesses and learn how to constantly reinvent your personal brand. Show your passion and energy for advancing your field and personal professional development…others around you will notice. Every stumble comes with a chance to learn and show others your improvement.

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