Competitions & Awards

Challenge your knowledge, make new friendships, and have fun with IFT Student Association (IFTSA) product development and research competitions. Get experience developing new products, present your research, and show off your food science knowledge. Don’t miss out!

2020–2021 Competition Guidelines

Looking for information on this year’s competitions? Updated guidelines for all competitions are now available each competition’s detail page.

Curious about what a winning presentation looks like?

We’ve shared presentations of the winning submissions from 2019–2020 for the the competitions listed below. Check them out as you are working on your submission for this year.


Chapter of the Year

Excellence in Leadership Award

College Bowl

Submissions for the 2020–2021 College Bowl competition are now open and close February 1, 2021.

College Bowl
Sponsored by Nestle Purina

Product Development Competitions

Submissions for 2020–2021 product development competitions are now open and close February 1, 2021.

IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition
Sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition
Sponsored by Feeding Tomorrow

Smart Snacks for Kids

Which Product Development Competition is Right for You?

We’re here to help! Answer a few questions and get a recommendation on which competition is the best fit.

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Research Competitions

Graduate Research Video Competition
Sponsored by Campden BRI

Undergraduate Research Competition

JFSE Food Science in Action Contest

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