Food Science in Action

Journal of Food Science Education

The Journal of Food Science Education (JFSE) aims to develop a rich video library of foundational food science resources for K-12 STEM educators. Studies show that children who learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields early in school tend to pursue these fields as their profession. Video can be a great teaching tool in today’s classroom, enhancing an educator’s repertoire by engaging students visually to show them how food science and technology work.

Food Science In Action

2016 Contest Winners

1st Place: "Beating the Heat: The Science Behind Relieving Spiciness" by Kyle Okada, Nuria Castanada, Lia Guardiola, Yiming Feng, and Dr. Dawn Bohn; Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2nd Place: "A Legend-Dairy Bout" by Michael Freund; Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

3rd Place: "Preserve and Protect: the Role of Nitrite" by Ben Averill, Elizabeth Morrow, Samantha McKenna; Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

View all of the accepted submissions below!

  • The 2016 contest is now closed. The 2017 contest theme will be announced in September 2016.

    About the Competition

    2016 Theme: Busting Food Myths with Facts
    Have you heard friends say things like, "I don't want any of these chemicals in my food," "processing takes all of the nutrients and important enzymes out of food—I'm going on a raw food diet," or "meat causes cancer"?
    Consumers have a lot of misconceptions about food science, and educators have limited time to teach students how to decipher scientifically-based facts from hype. In a 1 to 5 minute video, deconstruct a common misconception or myth about food using facts to show students real examples of Food Science in Action. Videos may be live action, animation, or a combination.

    Aim your video to the education level of one of these 3 audience categories:

    • Elementary School (K–5)
    • Middle School (6–8)
    • High School & Beyond (9–12, Higher Education)

    Submit Your Video
    Check out our submission guidelines, criteria, and tips for creating a video below. If you need additional assistance, contact Amanda Ferguson at

    Submissions must be received by Monday, May 2nd, 2016.
    Download a submission form, complete, and upload with your video.

    Upload My Submission Form & Video

    Criteria for Submissions

    Videos should be 1–5 minutes in length and demonstrate a fact-based deconstruction of a common misconception about food or food science.

    Creativity: Video submissions should use creative and original approaches to convey the message.

    Tone: Video submissions should be creative, fun, entertaining, and portray food science in a positive manner.

    Production Quality: 1) Audio quality – dialogue should be easy to understand. 2) Visual quality – visual effects should enhance the message. 3) Editing should be smooth and coherent.

    Accuracy: Video content must be scientifically accurate.

    Other criteria:

    • Both individual member and team submissions are permitted. Team videos should be submitted only once, and by one member of the team. There is no limit on the number of submissions per team or individual.
    • For students creating and submitting videos, faculty input is encouraged.
    • Complete and upload a submission form with background information about you and your video.
    • Entries may not include unsuitable content; obscenity; disparagement; defamation; pornography; harassment; racial, ethnic, or sexual slurs; other offensive conduct or material, or otherwise include inappropriate or unlawful content, at IFT's discretion.
    • Any content sourced from existing materials (i.e., not created by the submitter) must follow copyright laws.
    • By participating in the competition, you fully and unconditionally agree to and accept these rules and the decisions of IFT, which are final and binding in all matters related to the competition. Whether or not you receive a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these rules. The competition is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and is void where prohibited by law. Videos will not be judged if any of the above eligibility criteria are not met.

    Judging and Prizes

    Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of JFSE Editors for scientific accuracy and basic quality standards. Accepted videos will be posted to IFT's YouTube channel.

    A panel of judges, comprised of JFSE Editorial Board members and communications professionals will review and choose the top three (3) videos based on the criteria above. (Prizes will not be awarded by category as they were in 2015, but as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall.) The winners will be announced on Monday, May 9th, 2016. *Due to a technical problem, winners will be announced by Friday, May 13th.*

    First Prize: $1,000 and recognition at IFT16
    Second Prize: $500 and mention at IFT16
    Third Prize: $250 and mention at IFT16


    You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless IFT and its employees, directors, and agents as to any claims relating to the submission or use of the submission of the videos submitted.

    IFT and its employees, officers, directors, agents, contractors, representatives, affiliates, divisions, sections, and/or advertising/promotion agencies (the "Released Parties") shall not assume any responsibility whatsoever for any of the following: delayed, failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions; technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to, lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, internet, or other connections; the availability, accessibility, technical failure or miscommunication of computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions; the incorrect or inaccurate capture or failure to capture information whether caused by YouTube or YouTube users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the competition; errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, network or otherwise arising out of or relating to the competition; theft, loss, destruction or damage to an Entry in whole or in part; and other factors beyond their reasonable control. The Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to your or to any other person&rsquos computer related to or resulting from participating in the competition.

    Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these rules, or the rights and obligations of the participant and IFT in connection with the competition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Illinois, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Illinois. The venue for any dispute arising under these Rules shall be the state or federal courts located in Chicago, Illinois.

    All videos submitted shall remain your property, but by entering the contest, you grant the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) irrevocable and perpetual royalty-free consent to reproduce, distribute, adapt, modify, or use your submission for promotional purposes. By submitting a video, you consent to allow IFT to use all or part of your submission in any form and media, including, but not limited to, the IFT website, YouTube, electronic media, audio and/or video, and waive any right to approve such distribution. By entering this contest, you and any other people featured in the video agree to all terms listed above and that your video may be used at the discretion of IFT.