Become a Food Scientist IFT and its foundation provide resources that empower you to understand and pursue the field of food science and technology.

Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Proteins, Oh My

Use food to help teach chemistry.

Food chemistry is just one area covered in IFT’s Food Science Activity Guide for middle and high school science classes.

You’ll find teacher and student procedures, hand-outs, sample data tables, all sorts of good stuff.


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Meet a Few Scientists
& Learn About Their Jobs

IFT members make great careers in industry, academia, and government. You could, too.

IFT Student Association

The IFT Student Association (IFTSA) is the student-governed community within IFT. Membership in IFTSA can:

  • Make you eligible for scholarships right now
  • Lend support to help you be a more successful student, and
  • Kick-start your future as a food industry professional

Day in the Life of a

Food Scientist
Day in the Life of Michelle PerchonokMICHELE PERCHONOK
Advanced Food Technology Manager
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Follow IFT member Michele Perchonok, Advanced Food Technology Manager at NASA, and members of the food science team in Houston, Texas, as they guide us through their work in the Space Food Systems Laboratory, and describe their role in conceptualizing and preparing food for successful missions in space.