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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.

Full position description



Global Food Systems Focus Day

Join us for Global Food Systems Focus Day Thursday, March 7.

This event will provide an opportunity for researchers across the university to:

  • Recognize and promote the broad array of research, educational, and extension activities in the area of food at K-State; and
  • Plan the next steps for this important all-university research initiative.

The event is from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the K-State Student Union KSU Ballrooms and will include the following.

  • Welcome and brief presentation by Vice President for Research Peter Dorhout
  • A look at past efforts by GFS Coordinator Maureen Olewnik
  • Overviews of projects and paths for continued research by 2015 GFS seed grant awardees
  • A keynote talk
  • Facilitated discussion about future efforts and directions
  • Panel discussions with two successful interdisciplinary teams led by Melanie Derby in mechanical and nuclear engineering and Ruth Welti in the Division of Biology
  • A poster session displaying interdisciplinary research activities
  • Networking and social time — refreshments included!

Don't miss this opportunity! Please register by February 25.



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!


K-State Open House 2019

Enjoy food, fun and plenty of purple at K-State Open House. Explore our 250-plus majors and options, 475-plus student organizations, and the family atmosphere that makes K-State stand out. Check back for more information about next year's events and activities!

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Manhattan, 9 a.m.-3 pm.
Olathe, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Polytechnic (Salina), 8 a.m.-1 p.m.




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