William V. Cruess Award


Purpose:  To honor an IFT member who has achieved excellence in teaching food science and technology.

Sponsor: Institute of Food Technologists and the Northern California Section of IFT.

Award: $3,000 honorarium from IFT and a bronze medal from the Northern California Section of IFT

Eligibility: Any IFT member who has at least five years experience in university teaching in a department offering a bachelors degree in food science, food technology, or the equivalent is eligible. Courses taught by the nominee must deal directly with some aspect of food science or food technology.

Special Instructions:

Please submit the following documents with your nomination:

Members of the IFT Student Association may nominate nominees for this award. A Nomination Statement is not required, but, if provided, must not be more than one typed page.


 The nomination should be accompanied by no more than five one-page letters signed by students, former students, or groups of students who have taken courses taught by the nominee. These letters should discuss one or more of the following criteria: (1) mastery of subject matter; (2) ability to communicate effectively the principles and practices of food processing and preservation; (3) enthusiasm for the field of food science and technology as a profession; (4) ability to stimulate students to select a professional career in food science and technology; and (5) ability to counsel effectively.


Although not required, two (one-page) letters from professional colleagues and administrators may also be offered but will not be used as primary evidence


2019 Award Nominations

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