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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?

Welcome back Students!

The Fall 2015 semester begins on August 24, 2015! We'd like to welcome all returning students and all new students to the Food Science program. We wish you all the best! Some activities you can participate in to kick off your semester include:

  • Week of Welcome
  • Animal Science and Food Science Student Welcome Tailgate - August 25, Weber Lawn

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.

Food Safety Professor Appointed to National Advisory Committee

Randall Phebus, professor of food science in the animal sciences and industry department and the Food Science Institute, has been appointed to the national Committee on Agricultural and Food Microbiology, a component of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board of the American Society for Microbiology.


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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About the Institute

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 .


World Without Food Science

Learn about the role food science plays in ensuring a nutritious, safe and abundant food supply with these new videos from the Institute of Food Technologists.