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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 distance 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?

Spring Commencement 2015

Spring semester is almost done! Graduation ceremonies on the Manhattan campus are May 15-16, 2015. Come celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of students!

Barbecue 101

BBQ 101Kansas State University will be hosting a series of Barbecue 101 workshops this May and June. These one day workshops will focus on teaching the basics of grilling and smoking for consumers of all ages and experience levels. The topic areas will cover the basics of grill selection and use, the fundamentals of meat selection and preparation, discussion of new and innovative cuts for barbecue, and the science of smoking. Additionally, these workshops will include several hands-on demonstrations, tastings of different sauces, meat cooked with different woods, spices, and rubs. The day will conclude with a question and answer session with several barbecue experts.

Food Science Quiz Bowl Results

Congratulations Elizabeth Clark (MS Graduate), Neha Maheshwari (MS Graduate), Amanda Wilder (MS graduate), Alex Thompson (Undergraduate in Food Science), Janae Zimmerman (Undergraduate in Food Science) and Megan Crawshaw (Undergraduate in Food Science – no in picture), members of the Food Science Quiz Bowl Team for their outstanding performance at the Institute of Food Technologist Regional Competition. The K-State Food Science Quiz Bowl Team placed 2nd overall. A special thank you to K-State alumni that showed their support while at the Quiz Bowl Regional Competition.

IFT15 - Where Science Meets Innovation

The IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo is July 11-14, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Come visit us! We will be at booth #2039.

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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.