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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

September is Food Safety Education Month

We thank Kansas Governor Laura Kelly for signing a proclamation designating September as Food Safety Education Month in Kansas. We partner with many organizations including the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, local health departments and others to help educate and protect Kansas citizens from foodborne illness.



K-State Science Communication Week

KSCIThe Kansas Science Communication Initiative, or KSCI, seeks to engage communities in understanding, enthusiastically promoting, and actively participating in science and research.

Our network of researchers, communicators, and community partners is working together to pursue this mission.

The K-State Science Communication Week will be held on October 12-19, 2019. See the schedule for registration details and events.


Dr. Fadi Aramouni receives award from Kansas Manufacturing Solutions

Kansas Manufacturing Solutions announced on Tuesday, September 10th that they have selected Dr. Aramouni, representing the Food Science Institute, as a sub recipient awardee of $117,000 to support food safety programs of Kansas food processors. The FSI is one of 4 SRAs selected in the state and the announcement was made at a ceremony in Lenexa in which MAMTC introduced their new corporate name as Kansas Manufacturing Solutions.


Students selected as Cargill Fellows

The Staley School of Leadership Studies, in partnership with Cargill, has selected 19 students as the second cohort of Cargill Fellows. Fellows are students in the College of Agriculture, College of Business Administration, and the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering with an interest in professions that help nourish the world.

The fellows program provides students with a yearlong leadership development experience and the preparation to begin their career with a unique advantage beyond their technical preparation. Their exposure to and practice with skills such as adapting to change, engaging in diverse environments, and critical thinking will cultivate professional competencies that will prepare them for a successful launch into industry.

Congratulations to the following Food Science students!

  • Jaden Castinado - Senior - Food Science and Industry and Global Food Systems Leadership - Overland Park, KS
  • Samantha Fischer - Junior - Food Science and Industry and Global Food Systems Leadership - Silver Lake, KS
  • Andrew Dorsch - Junior - Bakery Science and Management and Food Science - Fort Collins, CO


Alum Elizabeth Clark finishes term as IFTSA President

Elizabeth Clark


FSI Welcomes Asseta Kagambega, Fullbright Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Asseta Kagambega is a microbiologist working on foodborne pathogens, epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance. Her Fulbright project is on Salmonella epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Athens, GA.

Dr. Valentina Trinetta and Dr. Asseta Kagambega have already collaborated and published a study on the prevalence of Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry and poultry carcasses in 2017.

During her Fulbright project, Dr. Asseta made some time to visit the Laboratory of Dr. Valentina Trinetta to enhance collaboration with other researchers, contribute to teaching and get some training on genomic analysis.

Dr. Asseta Kagambega     Dr. Asseta Kagambega


Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture

Mark you calendar and make plans to attend the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture on Monday, October 14th at 7:00pm in McCain Auditorium. This year's lecture will feature Dennis Dimick, a former executive environmental editor for National Geographic Society. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Learn more at: https://www.k-state.edu/research/global-food/lecture/lecture-series.html

Henry Gardiner lecture


NextGenFood: Innovation You Can Eat

The Food Science Institute is excited to be a part of the Institute on Science for Global Policy's upcoming forum on innovative foods and ingredients. The online forum will consist of 6 stimulating sessions led by four prominent U.S. institutions. The focus of K-State's forum session will be on the science of innovative foods and ingredients. Other forum sessions include: University of California-Davis will lead two sessions one on food innovation and the other on the global potential of food innovation; North Carolina State University will lead a session on gene editing; and Harvard University will lead a session on implications of novel foods and ingredients.

Save the date! Join the forum on Facebook

NextGenFood: Innovation You Can Eat
September 25, 2019
Noon to 4:30pm CST


IFT Scholarship Winners 2019-2020

Two Kansas State University Food Science students have been selected for IFT Feeding Tomorrow Scholarships. Abbey Shieflelbein, Undergraduate, has received the Barbara B. Keenan Scholarship. Jessie Payne, Masters degree student, has received the IFT Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division Silver Celebration Scholarship. Congratulations!


Save the Date! Urban Food Systems Symposium

Urban Food Systems

The Urban Food Systems Symposium Scientific Committee is pleased to announce their Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for the Urban Food Systems Symposium set for June 4 - 6, 2020 in Kansas City, MO, are now being accepted. The abstract submission deadline is 5 p.m. CST, November 1, 2019. This is a great way to share your work with others through oral or poster presentations.

The symposium brings together researchers, not-for-profit administrators, community organizers, extension professionals, students, and others, to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and agriculture and their role in global food security. The focus is on climate change; nutrition and human health; food production and distribution in cities; urban planning and development; food security; food policy and advocacy; international perspectives; community engagement; and urban planning and economic development.

More information about the 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium, including how to submit abstracts, is available by clicking the button below or by emailing info@ufss2020.org.









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