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Finalists named for National Dairy Council competition

Congratulations to the following Food Science Graduate Students: Yuda Ou, Karthik Sajith Babu and Priyamvada Thorakkattu for being selected as a top 6 finalist for the National Dairy Council (NDC) New Product Development Competition! Their innovative idea was recognized as a potential cutting-edge idea - snack area. The team's advisor is Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla.

The team is working on getting the final preparations to submit their full project report to be reviewed by a panel of judges. NDC will announce the top three winners on April 25, 2018.

Nathan Smit Food Science Alumni Recipient of the Learner Achievement Award

Nate SmitNathan Smit, food science and industry alumni (Fall 2008) was selected as the recipient of the Learner Achievement Award from the National University Technology Network (NUTN). This award recognizes individuals whose substantial use of the opportunities that technology offers for education enabled them to advance academically, professionally or personally in an impactful way.

The award was presented Thursday, October 12 during the awards brunch at the NUTN Network 2017 conference in San Antonio, Texas.


PepsiCo Sponsored Summer Internship

The KSU students, from various majors including Bakery Science, Grain Science, Nutrition and Food Science, are flanked by faculty and scientists from PepsiCo. The student interns were selected from the spring 2017 class 'Professional and Product Development in Industry Settings' jointly taught by Dr. Edgar Chanbers IV in Nutrition and Dr. Sajid Alavi in Grain Science. The class will be next offered in Spring 2018 and a new group of interns will be selected for next summer from participating students.


From left to right - John Mathew (PepsiCo and KSU Grain Science alumnus), Sarah Nolting (KSU Institute of Commercialization), Jason Hwang (PepsiCo), Bethany Herl (junior, Food Science), Emily Schmitz (senior, Food Science), Nicole Fiorentino (graduate student, Nutrition), Chris Reusz (senior, Bakery Science), Rajesh Kumar (graduate student, Grain Science), Mauricio Castro (graduate student, nutrition), Edgar Chambers IV (KSU faculty in Nutrition/ Sensory), Sajid Alavi (KSU faculty in Grain Science), Dianne Ripberger (PepsiCo), Tom Trezza (PepsiCo), Justin French (PepsiCo and KSU Grain Science alumnus), Yi Zhu (PepsiCo) and Alejandra Kamel (PepsiCo).

Watkins wins School Nutrition Association research award

Tracee Watkins, doctoral candidate in hospitality management and graduate research assistant advised by Kevin Roberts in the Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs, was recognized as the 2017 School Nutrition Showcase Award Winner for Research at the School Nutrition Association's annual national conference July 9-12 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The research poster, "Are Meals Served During School Field Trips Safe from Listeria and Salmonella? A Simulation Study to Evaluate the Safety of Lunches Stored in Coolers in Extreme School Bus Temperatures," was the product of collaborative research conducted by the Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs, Food Science Institute and Biosecurity Research Institute with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Co-authors of the research poster include Nicholas Sevart, Amanda Wilder, Paola Paez, Sara Gragg and Randall Phebus.

Nicholas Sevart Receives Award

Nicholas Sevart, Ph.D. candidate in food science, was recognized at the International Association for Food Protection's opening session as one of fifteen students from around the world to receive a $2,000 Travel Scholarship award to attend the organization's annual conference this week in Tampa, FL. He will be presenting research related to validation of the pre-conditioner step of the extrusion process to control Salmonella in kibble-style pet food, which was overseen jointly by Drs. Sajid Alavi and Randy Phebus. Over 3,500 attendees have gathered to share science, knowledge and ideas about food safety, food defense and food authenticity and to professionally network with food safety professionals from around the world. Many K-State faculty, alumni and students are proudly representing our university food safety program.

ADSA Highlights

Food Science students were present at ADSA 2017, we want to congratulate the following students:

  • Congratulations to food science students Karthik Sajith Babu, Malya Kritski Baez, and Conrad Kabus for placing 2nd at the National Dairy Council 2017 New Product Competition. Their advisor is Dr. Amamcharla.
  • Congratulations to Karthik Pandalaneni, Ph.D. student in food science for placing 2nd at the ADSA Dairy Foods Graduate Poster Competition "Preliminary studies on the effect of cooling rate on lactose crystallization characteristics in deproteinized whey (DPW) ", Karthik's major professor is Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla.

Alumni Spotlight: Matt Krug

When he first arrived to K-State, Matt Krug wasn't sure where his studies would take him, until taking Intro to Food Science as an elective pointed him in the right direction. "I was interested in going to professional school to become a medical doctor, dentist, or optometrist," said Krug. "I decided to make food science my major because a food science degree is a good prerequisite to those professional schools, but also gives you a useful degree towards obtaining a good job upon completion of a bachelor's degree."


Mortar Board Selects New Members

Mortar Board Senior Honor Society at Kansas State University has selected its new members for the 2017-2018 school year. The 29 students are charged with upholding the organization's ideals of leadership, scholarship and service on the university campus and in the Manhattan community.

Congratulations to Megan Steward, food science, from Garden City, KS!

Food Science Students Initiated into Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and most prestigious all-discipline honor society, recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. The new initiates are second semester juniors in the upper 7.5 percent of their class, seniors in the upper 10 percent of their class or outstanding graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class. Our congratulations goes out to:

  • Elizabeth Weesner - senior food science and industry and pre-medicine - Leawood, KS
  • Leanna Lester - master's student in food science - Marion, OH

New Silver Key Members

The 2017-2018 class of new members for Kansas State University's Silver Key honor society has been announced. Congratulations to Maci Rockers from Garnett, KS as being selected as a new member!

To be eligible for Silver Key, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, be a 2016 high school graduate and in their freshman year at the university.

Silver Key provides service to the campus and the surrounding Manhattan community. Members organize and participate in a variety of community service projects each semester. Past projects have included hosting children from the Boys and Girls Club at a K-State men's basketball game, Sleep Out for the Homeless fundraiser benefiting the Manhattan Emergency Shelter, highway and neighborhood cleanup efforts, and Sunday afternoon visits to Stoneybrook, a senior living community in Manhattan.