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Welcome to the Food Science Institute

Dr. Curtis Kastner

From the Director, Dr. Curtis Kastner

Welcome to the Food Science Institute Website. The Food Science Institute (FSI) was established in 2001 to integrate the expertise in food science across K-State. FSI facilitates the undergraduate, graduate, and online education programs and provides both research and technical assistance for the food industries. Approximately, 57 nationally and internationally recognized faculty from five colleges and 13 departments serve as teachers, mentors, researchers, and extension specialists in the following areas: food chemistry, food microbiology, food safety, veterinary medicine, cereal science, dairy science, meat science, food service, sensory analysis, food engineering, human nutrition, and product development. We look forward to assisting you in the area of food science.

What's New?

Food Marketing Institute Foundation Scholarship Winner

Amanda Wilder, graduate student in Food Science, is the recipient of a 2015-2016 national Food Marketing Institute Foundation (FMIF) scholarship awarded to food and agricultural science students who exhibit high academic ability, leadership potential, motivation and initiative, and a passion for the food industry and auditing profession. These awards are highly competitive and include registration and travel to the Safe Quality Food International Conference held in November in Indianapolis, IN, along with a $3,000 scholarship.

Amanda is pursuing her M.S. degree in food safety (Dr. Randall Phebus, advisor) and hails from Meridian, Idaho.

Dr. Larry Erickson cited for distinguished service

Larry Erickson, chemical engineering professor and director of the Center for Hazardous Substance Research in the College of Engineering, has received a Distinguished Service Award from the International Phytotechnology Society for his efforts in planning and organizing the 12th International Phytotechnologies Conference Sept. 27-30 in Manhattan.

Chinese Food and Drug Administration Visits K-State

Three food science and agricultural biosecurity faculty recently hosted a 15-member delegation of Food and Drug Administration officials from China on campus to highlight K-State programs in food safety and agricultural biosecurity. Dr. Fadi Aramouni, food science professor and Extension specialist, discussed new food safety regulations defined in the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act, while Dr. Steve Higgs (Director for the Biosecurity Research Institute and Peine Professor of Biosecurity) and Dr. Randall Phebus (professor of food safety) provided the group an overview of K-State's university-wide food safety programs, agricultural biosecurity efforts, capabilities of the BRI research facility, and current national food safety issues. The delegation interacted locally with the Kansas Farm Bureau and AIB International regarding agricultural and food industry topics. Mr. Yuda Ou, undergraduate student in food science at K-State, did a wonderful job of interpreting for the group at all of the venues.

Chinese FDA

Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture

October 12, 2015
Greg Page, Executive Chairman, Cargill
Kansas State University, McCain Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Food Science Graduate Program

The Food Science Institute at Kansas State University would like to invite you to the 50th Year Celebration of the creation of the Food Science Graduate Program. The celebration will be held on Friday, October 16th at 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the KSU Alumni Center Banquet Room – Manhattan, KS

Please RSVP to Elsa Toburen at etoburen@ksu.edu or 785-532-4057 if you plan to attend.

Join us for a networking reception that will begin at 3:30 pm with Hors D'Oeuvres available.

2016 Urban Food System Symposium

The 2016 Urban Food System Symposium will be held June 23-26, 2016 at the Kansas State University Olathe campus in the metropolitan region of Kansas City. Our goal is to bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. This symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty.

The 2016 Symposium is a partnership between the Kansas State University Global Food Systems Initiative and Cultivate Kansas City, a non-for-profit dedicated organization that grows food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local food system in greater Kansas City.

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The Food Science Institute facilitates training of traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate students; supports basic and applied research initiatives; and provides technical and scientific information to consumers, the food industry, and governmental agencies .


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