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


Head Chef: A Letter from our President


Andrea BoumaWelcome Back Food Geeks!

I would like to briefly thank all of you for making our 2010-2011 year such a success. I had a really fun time meeting many of you and working towards our IFTSA goals together. For those of you who were able to attend the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in New Orleans, we sure had a blast! I think this coming year will be even better. Please join me in welcoming our new 2011-2012 IFTSA President, Jennifer Willig. She is an amazing leader who will be valiantly moving us forward. Welcome Jennifer! Thanks again everyone for such a great year!

Take care,
Andrea Bouma
IFTSA Immediate Past President 2011-2012

Jennifer WilligHello Foodies!

First, I would like to say thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent you and the IFT Student Association. I had the opportunity to meet several of you at our IFT Annual Meeting. I was excited to experience such enthusiasm and passion for IFT and the food science profession. I look forward to working with you this year to achieve our IFTSA annual goals which include increasing our student membership benefits and developing a humanitarian outreach program.

These goals cannot be properly accomplished without your insight! With that, I ask that you become an active member of IFTSA, so that your ideas and suggestions can be heard. Join an IFT section or IFT division and connect with like-minded peers and colleagues today. You can also participate in your university's food science club.

I am very excited about this year! Thanks again for the opportunity to represent you and the IFT Student Association.

Jennifer Willig
IFTSA President 2011-2012

Expiration Dates: Announcements & Deadlines

Were you one of the many IFTSA members who explored the Crescent City while attending the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® from June 11-14? Between marveling at street performers in the French Quarter to indulging in powdered sugar beignets at Café du Monde, student members also explored all of the sights and sounds of Ernest Morial Convention Center.

Sam KassStudent research flooded the expo floor with more than 1,200 scientific posters. Sam Kass was the guest speaker at the IFTSA Welcome Assembly and 26th Annual College Bowl Competition. 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.

Students braved the early morning humidity and traveled on buses to Audubon Park for the 11th Annual Fun Run & Walk. The Fun Run raised a record high $77,000 through the support of generous sponsors and race participants. Proceeds from the Fun Run & Walk are designated for food science undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

Fun Run
Check out the August issue of Food Technology here for a more detailed recap of the IFT Annual Meeting. You can also view articles and photos of our student members highlighted for their hard work and innovation in New Orleans.

The immense level of talent that exists within the IFT Student Association was very apparent in New Orleans. Congratulations to all students who delivered a winning entry to one of the many IFTSA competitions, as seen below.

Chapter of the Year Competition

Chapter of the Year: Oregon State University
Most Improved Chapter of the Year: University of Minnesota

College Bowl

Winner: The Ohio State University
Runner-up: Chapman University

Developing Solutions for Developing Countries

1st Place: Cornell University with "MandiMais"
2nd Place: University of Minnesota with "Nkwa Brodo"
3rd Place: Rutgers University with "Galletas Fortaleza"

1st Place: Brawijaya University with "Iron-Rich Instant Noodle" (Indonesia)
2nd Place: Gadjah Mada University with "Soy Rice Porridge" (Indonesia)
3rd Place: Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai with "Ferro-Power" (India)

Disney Product Development Competition

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Grand prize: University of Wisconsin-Madison with "Pixie Dust Fruit Beverage Mix"

1st Place: University of Arkansas with "Phenomenal Funchies"

Honorary mention: University of Nebraska -Lincoln with "CarsZone"

Honorary mention: University of Wisconsin-Madison with "Tangerine Dream"

Honorary mention: Rutgers University with "Gitchi Gitchi Goo"

Honorary mention: Washington State University/University of Idaho University with "Mater's Craters"

Excellence in Leadership Award

Undergraduate: Emily Del Bel, Oregon State University
Graduate: Helen Melito, North Carolina State University

Product Development Competition

1st Place: Michigan State University with "Minute Escape"
2nd Place: Cornell University with "Vege3"
3rd Place: University of Wisconsin-Madison with "Blissful Bites"

Undergraduate Research Competition

1st Place: Abigail Snyder, The Ohio State University
2nd Place: Dominique Sinopoli, Cornell University
3rd Place: Karen Chang, Rutgers University

You could very well have an innovative idea worthy of recognition at next year's student competitions. It's not too early to start thinking about the 2012 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas. You won't want to miss it!

While the 2011-2012 academic year is at the forefront of your mind, grab your calendars and make a note of these important 2012 IFTSA competition dates for preliminary proposals.

January 7: Heart Healthy Product Development Competition
January 15: Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition
February 1: Product Development Competition
February 15: Disney-IFTSA Product Development Competition
February 25: Heart Healthy Final Proposals
March 1: Undergraduate Research Competition Abstracts
March 1: Excellence in Leadership Nominations
May 1: Chapter of the Year Applications


March 28-29: IFT Wellness Conference (Heart Healthy Competition)
June 25-28: IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas

Local Flare: Chapter & Club News

Take a peek here at the student officers who will be representing you during the 2011-2012 academic year. View a listing here of your IFTSA area representatives and chapter club presidents.

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! Email your photos to Emily Wolter, Vice President of Development & Communications, at emily.wolter@ttu.edu.

SouthEast section

Did you spark up a conversation and meet someone new at this year's IFT Annual Meeting? When you take advantage of IFT's online community, you can make the most of your meet-and-greet interactions by making connections with the food science professional community. If you have not yet explored our online community, wait no longer. You can get started by building valuable connections, engaging in thought-provoking discussions, and putting names to faces. By choosing specific groups and focus areas that are tailored to your interests, you will stay updated on the information that is important to you!

As a member of our online community, you can:

  • Build a professional profile
  • Create a food science blog
  • Join a key issue group
  • Update your volunteer preferences
  • Search for colleagues and new contacts in the Member Directory

Click here to access the community site and connect with IFT members today! Email us here if you can't locate your IFT username or password.

Blueplate Specials: Opportunities for IFTSA Members


In an effort to better the future of our IFTSA members, industry professionals have joined with IFT to create webcasts focused on helping students to smoothly obtain their dream job in the industry upon graduation. Click on the free webcasts below to ensure that you are ready for what the future holds.

Current Food Industry Hiring Trends for Students and Professionals
Present Yourself Professionally
Job Search 101: Launching Your Career in Food Science

Speaking of transitioning from student to new professional, do not let your FREE One Year of Transition Membership pass you by. When the time comes to renew your IFT membership, you will see a statement under the "My Account" tab of ift.org that states "No Longer a Student? Click Here." Your first year of IFT membership as a new professional will be FREE!
Your FREE transition membership includes:

  • Attending the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo at the student rate
  • Continuing education programs at complimentary or discounted prices
  • Networking opportunities with food professionals
  • Volunteer engagement opportunities
  • Employment services
  • Accessing information on new products and consumer trends
  • Ability to build your own peer network through the New Professionals online community

What is your expected graduation date? This helps ensure that we get the most current and useful information to you throughout your college career. Simply email us your tentative graduation date at info@ift.org, and we will update our membership database. NOTE: This information will be kept confidential and will not be published.

Update your IFT online community profile today with your graduation date as well! Click here to access the community site.

Kraft Foods is one of the leading food companies in the world. Kraft Foods is sponsoring one paid 2012 summer internship and a scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Are you an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in one of the following concentrations?

  • Chemistry
  • Dairy science
  • Agricultural/Food engineering
  • Food packaging
  • Non-thermal processing

Contact Anna K. Kakos at akakos@ift.org if you are interested in applying for the Kraft Foods Scholarship and 2012 Summer Internship.


Snapshot of my life now:Yifat Rogers
I graduated 2 years ago with my Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and started working for General Mills soon after. I loved the move from North Carolina to Minnesota. Believe it or not, I really enjoy the winter months (most people think I am crazy). Being a new homeowner, one of my new hobbies is DIY home projects. I also like to travel, read, and cook.

Where did I attend college?
I received my Bachelor's degree in food engineering and biotechnology at Technion, Israel's Institute for Technology. After spending a year abroad at North Carolina State University, I decided to return to North Carolina State University for my Master's degree in food science, and later stayed for my doctorate work in food science.

How did I get interested in food science?
I have always liked math and science. So when it was time to pick a major I wanted a degree that combined my interests. I selected food and biotechnology (for the science) and engineering (for the math). I later discovered that food science was a lot more fun than biotechnology, so I stuck with it.

How did IFTSA help me in my transition from student to new professional?
There are many "real world" skills that you don't learn in school. I was fortunate to get involved with IFT and IFTSA early on and acquired communication, networking, and project management skills. The network that I established while being a student was valuable thanks to my friends, colleagues, and mentors.

What are my tips of success for students who might be entering the workforce for the first time?
As you enter the workforce, you should keep in mind that even though you are leaving the university world, you are always a student. You need to keep learning and step up your game. You should start working on your "soft skills" as soon as you can. Your business communication, presentation, project and time management skills are just as important as your technical skills. My boss told me often, "You are not a scientist that does business, but a business person that does science."

The College Bowl is an annual food science quiz hosted by the IFT Student Association. Teams from universities around the country compete regionally for the chance to contend in the finals at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

Let's see how well you will do ...
Q1: What plant does linseed oil come from?
Q2: In what country did Marsala wine originate?
Q3: Which element forms part of the vitamin B12?
A1: Flax
A2: Italy
A3: Cobalt

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