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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.

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Come Join Us for the 2016 K-State Open House!


Food Science R&D Team Selected as a Finalist in Competition

The Food Science Product Development Team was selected as one of the top six finalists to compete in the 2016 Research Chefs Association (RCA) Student Culinology® Competition held in March 2016 in Denver, CO. This year, 18 domestic and international teams competed to develop a frozen retail, single serving, microwaveable meal based on Rocky Mountain/Southwest regional cuisine, and utilizing a product of the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council in both gold standard and the corresponding manufactured product formulations.

RCA team

The K-State team included three undergraduate and one graduate Food Science majors: Steven Ross (team captain), Audrey Boeken, Joshua Wilson and Yuda Ou (M.S. student in food safety). The team was coached by Drs. Kelly Getty and Jayendra Amamcharla.

K-State Ranks No. 25 in 'Best Value' Food Science Degree Program

Kansas State University has been identified as having one of the best value food science degrees in the United States in a recent ranking by College Values Online.

The ranking considered tuition, financial aid, return on investment and the number of minors, concentrations, or areas of emphases offered. K-State came in at No. 25. Food science is a prominent STEM field in which each of science, technology, engineering and mathematics plays a crucial role.


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 .


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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.