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Food Science Institute

216 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5861 fax

Welcome to the Kansas State University Food Science Institute!

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, 47 nationally and internationally recognized faculty from five colleges and 11 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

New Director of Food Science Institute named

Interim Dean Ernie Minton is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeanette Thurston was offered and has accepted the position of Director for the Food Science Institute effective June 17, 2019. There were three outstanding candidates for the position and it was a difficult decision. Thank you to Dr. Randy Phebus for his willingness to be considered for the position and also for his leadership of the Institute during the interim period and continuing until Dr. Thurston's arrival. Please join us in welcoming Jeanette to this position!

Professor and Head - Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University

Kansas State University seeks nominations and applications for the position of Head, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. This is a 12-month position with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate must have credentials for appointment as a tenured, full professor. Position available June 1, 2019, or later as negotiated.

Review of applications begins February 15, 2019, and continues until position is filled.

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Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award-Christine Rock

National Beef Packing Company (Kansas City, MO) sponsors the Outstanding Senior in Food Science Award each year, providing both a recognition plaque and a monetary award. Christine Rock is this year's recipient of this prestigious award. Miss Rock recently completed her Food Science and Industry degree and has been a tremendous contributor to our program while at K-State. In addition to her regular course load, she also worked as an undergraduate student researcher in various labs and presented her findings at scientific meetings.

Christine was an excellent student and was always a willing leader and team-player. She was involved in various leadership and outreach activities. She significantly contributed to the success of the food science club as its president, as well as the food product development club. She was involved in various student outreach and
recruitment events, and worked selflessly for the campus community as the student representative of the K-State food pantry. She served the food science program as student representative on various search committees.

Christine has been rewarded multiple times for her contributions and leadership by professional, social and academic entities. Some of her accomplishments include: Miss K-State (2018), Student Volunteer of the Year (2016-2017), and College of Agriculture commencement speaker (2018). She was also the student face of K-State Food Science in a USA Today special edition.

Overall, we would like to congratulate Miss Rock for her success as a student and outstanding contribution to the Food Science and Industry degree program. She has now moved to Washington, DC to pursue her interests in the area of food policy and world food security.


Congratulations to Abbey Schiefelbein!

Abbey Schiefelbein was selected to receive the Barbara B. Keenan scholarship through Feeding Tomorrow, Institute of Food Technology.


Carla Schwan receives Extraordinary Student Award

Carla SchwanMany students must overcome significant obstacles to be successful in their pursuit of academic degrees at Kansas State University, and often the magnitude of these students' personal challenges is not openly known. The Office of Student Life and the Student Access Center receives nominations each year for Extraordinary Student Awards, and selected students are recognized in April at an awards banquet held at the K-State Student Union. Carla Schwan is a doctoral candidate in food science in the College of Agriculture and was recognized as an award recipient this year.

Congratulations Carla!


KC-IFT Scholarship Winners

Three students from Food Science were awarded a scholarship from KC-IFT on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Undergraduate: Samantha Fischer,Masters: Ellen Mendez Sosa, Ph.D : Daniel Vega

KCIFT Scholarship winners


Kansas State University Global Campus offers new scholarship for food science students

The Nathan and Becky Smit Food Innovation Scholarship, a $1,000 renewable award for Kansas State University online undergraduate food science students, will be offered for the first time in fall 2019.

Made possible by the generosity of Nathan and Becky Smit, the scholarship aims to provide financial support for distance students studying food science. Nathan Smit is a 2008 graduate of Kansas State University's distance program in food science. He earned his bachelor's degree and used it to quickly climb the corporate ladder at Hormel Foods Corporation.


Spring Commencement 2019
Spring semester for 2019 is coming to a close and Commencement Ceremonies are waiting for graduates to finish their time at Kansas State University. Please join us in congratulating all graduates! See the Commencement Ceremony Schedule for dates, times, and locations.


Kansas State Agriculturist

The Spring 2019 issue of the Kansas State Agriculturist is now available! This issue features a story entitled "Dairy on the Go" which highlights Food Science students and their entry in to the National Dairy Council product development competition. See page 40-41. Also, check out the store "Opening the Cupboard" which highlights the on-campus food pantry on pages 20-21. Great job Food Science students!





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