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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.


Nathan Smit Food Science Alumni Recipient of the Learner Achievement Award

Nathan 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 will be presented Thursday, October 12 during the awards brunch at the NUTN Network 2017 conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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.

Congratulations to the Food Science Undergraduate Mate Au Lait Protein Plus Team!

Conrad Kabus, Junior in Food Science, Mayla Kritski, Senior in Food Science and Karthik Sajith Babu, M.S. Graduate Student were selected as one of the top three teams in the 2017 National Dairy Council New Product Competition with their Mate Au Lait Protein Plus! We are extremely proud of our students and their hard work has paid off! Many thanks to Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla for his great job in advising this group!

The first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced on Tuesday June 27th, 2017 at the American Dairy Science Association Joint Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, UT. Congratulations!

K-State Outstanding Food Science Senior Award

Macy Sherwin is the recipient of the inaugural K-State Outstanding Food Science Senior Award sponsored by National Beef Packing Company. This award has been established to recognize a graduating (or recently graduated within the same academic year) senior in the Food Science & Industry Bachelor of Science degree program at Kansas State University who has excelled academically while making notable contributions to the sustained excellence of the Food Science program, the Food Science Institute (FSI), the College of Agriculture (COA), and the greater University community during their entire undergraduate academic program. A winner will be chosen each Spring semester and will receive a plaque along with a $1000 award from National Beef.

The Purple Passion Team were awarded the silver medal and 4th place overall at the Research Chef's Association Pastry Culinology Student Product Development Competition. Kyle Phalen, graduate student, Austin Weber, Erin Manville and Kyle Johnson, undergraduate students are part of the Purple Passion Team, we are so proud of them and for their amazing creation Puerto Rican Style Mango Rum Cake with Spice Mango Coulis.

RCA team 

The students are: Kyle Phalen - Graduate Student; Kyle Johnson, Erin Manville and Austin Weber - Undergraduate Students. The student advisor is Dr. Kelly Getty.

Rum cake