Thesis Video Competition sponsored by Campden BRI

The purpose of the Thesis Video Competition sponsored by Campden BRI is to:
  • Provide opportunities for graduate students to share their research in a concise manner
  • Encourage students to gain experience in the area of "scientific salesmanship"
  • Give students the opportunity to be creative in presentation style and use of technology.
  • To facilitate a visit to the UK by the winning student, to experience aspects of the European food and drink industry.

Interested students will submit a fun, creative three minute video related to original research being conducted by the student during their graduate studies on any subject related to food science or technology. Additionally, students will submit a personal statement explaining why they should be chosen to visit Campden BRI and the different ways they plan to capture their experience through various social media channels.

Applicants must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in a collegiate level food science graduate level degree program (MS or PhD).
  2. Be a current member of IFT/IFTSA who has not graduated prior to May 2017.

About Campden BRI
Campden BRI ( is the world’s largest membership-based food research organization, with an extensive range of laboratories, pilot plant and consumer study facilities spread across four sites. Activities span the entire food production chain – including analysis and testing, process technologies, regulatory and compliance, and knowledge support – with the emphasis on practical application for industry.

2016 Winner: Amadeus Driano Ahnan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Maridel Reyes, Pennsylvania State University

Abbey Thiel, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Three finalists will be announced in May 2017 and the winner will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony at IFT17, June 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. All finalists will receive a plaque and can choose up to 5 free copies of Campden BRI guideline documents from the Campden BRI publications store (see to help with their continuing professional development.

The winner of the competition will be selected to attend a 10-day (approximate) industry visit to Campden BRI in the United Kingdom. The trip will occur between September and December 2017 during which the winner will have the opportunity to experience each of the major divisions within Campden BRI (science, technology, brewing, and knowledge management) focusing on the most relevant areas of their area of study and visit industry members to gain an insight into the UK/EU perspective. Final details will be determined by the sponsoring company in discussion with the winner.

A sample itinerary could include the following:

Day 0-1: Travel day to the UK

Day 2-5: Spend time in each major area of activity. Each area to develop a programme to last for 0.5 / 1.0 day
Areas could include: science, technology, brewing, and knowledge management

Day 6: Travel to London for a social activity

Day 7-8: Meet with members of Campden BRI in areas of retail, manufacturing, and/or ingredients

Day 9: Exit presentation to Campden BRI on impressions / learning / feedback

Day 10/11: Return travel from the UK

Final details will be determined by the sponsoring company.

Important Dates

  • April 1: Student must be a student member of IFT
  • April 1: Submit Application via portal on Application includes: link to video, video release form, application with personal statement, CV/resume, and verification letter from Department Head/Chair
  • May: Announce competition finalists & confirm attendance at IFT17
  • June 27: Announce winner at IFTSA Closing Ceremony at IFT17
  • September – December 2017: Winner to travel to Campden BRI. Dates to be determined by Campden BRI and the winning student
Campden BRI


April 1
Deadline to submit application and supporting documentation


Announce competition finalists & confirm attendance at IFT17

June 27
Announce winner at IFTSA Closing Ceremony at IFT17

September – December 2017
Winner to travel to Campden BRI

Abbey Thiel
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Competition Guidelines & Rules (PDF)
Video Release Form (PDF)
Application (DOCX)

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