Institute of Food Technologists Announces 2016 IFTSA Competition Winners

July 19, 2016

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, network with students from other schools, practice presentation skills, and show off their food science knowledge. The following winners were announced at IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation in Chicago. 

Undergraduate Research Competition

The 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: Samantha Van Wees
Second Place: Genevieve Sullivan 
Third Place: Meghan Sui

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 Purina. 

First Place: University of California, Davis
First Runner Up: Purdue University

Excellence in Leadership Awards

The Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes two student members of IFT, one undergraduate and one graduate student, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their execution of student activities that furthers the mission of IFT.

Undergraduate Award Recipient: Morgan Von Staden, Mississippi State University
Graduate Award Recipient: John Frelka, Ohio State University

Chapter of the Year Competition

The Chapter of the Year Competition 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 four IFTSA chapters who have showcased the exceptional performance in each of the following areas: public outreach, membership experience, organizational growth, and national engagement.

IFTSA Chapter of the Year:
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Outstanding Chapter for Public Outreach: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Outstanding Chapter for Membership Experiences: McGill University
Outstanding Chapter for Organizational Growth: University of California - Davis
Outstanding Chapter for National Engagement: California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

Camden BRI Thesis Video Competition
This competition, developed by Camden BRI in partnership with IFTSA called for graduate students to submit a fun, creative three-minute video related to original research being conducted related to food science or technology. The winner will attend a 10-day industry visit to Campden BRI in the United Kingdom. 

First Place:
Amadeus “Ando” Ahnan, University of Massachusetts Amherst

About IFT 
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