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Become a more successful student. Enhance your future as a food science professional. Take advantage of IFT Student Association (IFTSA) opportunities to set yourself apart through competitions, networking, and leadership opportunities.

Find your community

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  • Learn more about science of food during club meetings
  • Engage in any of IFT’s 25 Divisions 
  • Meet up with local members of IFT and learn about science of food opportunities in your area through our sections 
  • Address challenges and opportunities commonly experienced and develop an increasing sense of belonging through our Member Resource Groups

Build your network

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  • Connect with students, mentors, and employers from across the globe
  • Become a division, section, or chapter leader
  • Explore various leadership opportunities within IFTSA 
  • Meet likeminded peers to collaborate with on research and help you grow your skills via IFT Connect

Showcase your skills

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IFT plays a pivotal role in advancing the science of food and driving positive change within the food industry. As a student, IFT is the best platform to broaden my knowledge and contribute positively to my community.

- Chamali Kodikara, University of Manitoba, IFTSA Competition Chair 2023-2024, IFTSA Board of Directors 2024-2025
Chamali Kodikara