College Bowl

Nestle Purina LogoSince 1985, the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the following areas: food science and technology, the 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 and provides a forum for students to engage in friendly competition.
 

Teams for IFT Student Chapters compete in area competitions within the eight geographical areas of IFTSA prior to the IFT annual event. The winning teams from the eight areas then compete in a final competition at the IFT annual event.

2020 College Bowl Competition

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we were unable to hold the 2020 College Bowl competition.

2019 National Champion

National Champion
University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Central Area (pictured below)

Runner-up
The Ohio State University, Midwest Area

College Bowl 2019 winners

Congratulations to the team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, national champion of the 2019 College Bowl.

College Bowl 2019 winners

Congratulations to the team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, national champion of the 2019 College Bowl.

Awards

Each finalist team will receive a reimbursement for team travel to the IFT annual event up to $1,500. In addition to this reimbursement, the following prizes will be awarded.

  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $750

Eligibility

Each IFTSA Chapter may draft one team. Teams should be made up of undergraduate and graduate members of IFT. Complete eligibility requirements will be available in the competition guidelines document that will be available later this year.
 

Competition Deadlines, Guidelines, and Roster Template

Key Updates for 2020–21 College Bowl:

  • The rules have been updated to include alternatives if the College Bowl competition regionals and nationals are not able to occur in person.
  • Teams will not need to submit a preliminary roster on February 1, 2021, but instead will only submit a final roster one week before their regional competition.
  • In the case that a moderator makes a mistake and fails to repeat a question to the opposing team when the answering team answers incorrectly, then the opposing team will be given options on how best to proceed (Guidelines Section VII (B4ci)).

See updated competition guidelines below for full details.

Competition guidelines (PDF)

Team roster template (.xlsx)

How to Prep for the College Bowl

Learn some new tips and tricks for preparing to compete in College Bowl.

Learn some new tips and tricks for preparing to compete in College Bowl.

Competition Chair

Abigail Sommer, The Ohio State University