Sensory Science division

Sensory & Consumer Sciences Division

Join the Sensory & Consumer Sciences group where we discuss the latest research and insights regarding the measurement, analysis, and interpretation of human beings' reactions to the characteristics of foods and related materials as perceived through the five senses.


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Alden Riak Sensory & Consumer Sciences Division
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Achievement Award

Have you or someone you know made significant contributions in the field of sensory and consumer sciences? Submit a nomination for the Sensory and Consumer Sciences Achievement Award. Presented in partnership with the IFT Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division, the award will honor an individual who has demonstrated distinguished leadership and research within the field and made a lasting impact with their work. Learn more about the criteria and submit a nomination. Review the criteria & eligibility, as well as see a list of our past Achievement Award winners!

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Join our Division to receive exclusive access to Division newsletters and monthly sensory scientific journal updates.

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Follow us on LinkedIn for content on upcoming events, conference and competition updates, trivia and giveaways, and networking opportunities with other sensory professionals and students!

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Division Accomplishments/Recognition

  • The Outstanding Volunteer award honors a current Division member who provided exemplary volunteer work to the Division in the current year. The 2023-2024 recipients are Sam Hoffman and Rachel Potter.
  • The Outstanding Service award honors current Division members who have demonstrated a history of service to the Division or field. The 2023-2024 recipient is Karen Graves.

Division Oral Competition Finalists

  • Jenna Fryer, Oregon State University, Comparing the Recognition Threshold of Thiophenols For ‘Ashy’ Flavor Between Different Wine Styles of Pinot Noir Wine
  • Eniola Ola, University of Arkansas, Comparing Sensory Appeal: Traditional vs. Gluten-Free Cookies in a Consumer Acceptance Test
  • Ella Warner, North Carolina State University, Consumer Perception of Plant-Based Cheese

How to Join a Division

Joining a Division is easy! Signing up for a Division gives you access to the Division’s IFT Connect Community, signs you up for their newsletter, and gives you access to Subject Matter Experts in the field. To sign up for a Division, visit IFT-Divisions. After signing into your account, check the boxes of the Divisions you would like to be involved with and click save.

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