CHICAGO – Each year the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) competitions provide student members of IFT the unique opportunity to compete, individually or on teams in several different competition categories. Students have the chance to create a cool new product, an opportunity to network with students from other schools, all while being able to practice presentation skills and show off their food science knowledge. The winners were announced at 2013 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago.
IFTSA & Undergraduate Research Competition
The IFTSA & Undergraduate Research Competition is designed to encourage and stimulate interest in undergraduate research in the area of food science and technology; provide an opportunity for food science undergraduates to organize and present their original work and provide a venue for networking within IFTSA for undergraduate students as well as members of industry and academia.
First Place: Wisiani Wijaya from University of Massachusetts Amherst for research on rapid detection of acetamiprid in apple juice using surface enhanced raman spectroscopy (SERS). To view a video of the winner visit: http://bcove.me/cuwxplmq.
Second Place: Soon Kiat Lau from University of Nebraska, Lincoln for research on development and validation of a finite element heat transfer model for pasteurization of shell eggs with radio frequency heating. To view a video of the winner visit: http://bcove.me/r7j13wjn.
Third Place: Jake Fischer from Washington State University for his research on increased protein concentration in standard cookie recipe increases physical and perceived firmness
IFTSA College Bowl Competition
Since 1985, the IFTSA College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia. The College Bowl is designed to facilitate interaction among students from different universities, stimulate the students' desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and provide a forum for students to engage in friendly competition. This year’s competition was sponsored by Nestle Gerber and Nestle Purina.
First Place: Cornell University
1st Runner Up: University of California, Davis
Chapter of the Year Awards
The Chapter of the Year Awards honors one university student organization for exceptional participation, strong leadership, community outreach and providing opportunities that utilize the talents of all their members. This competition also honors the Most Improved Student Chapter each year.
IFTSA Chapter of the Year Award: North Carolina State University
IFTSA Most Improved Chapter: Rutgers University
For more than 70 years, IFT has existed to advance the science of food. Our nonprofit scientific society—more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professions from academia, government, and industry. For more information, please visit ift.org.