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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

About the Food Science 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.

K-State 2025 Strategic Action and Alignment Plan - Food Science Institute

Objectives/Goals of the Institute

  • To operate in an integrated network that enhances academic and industry cooperation and synergism.
  • To collaborate with consumer, industry, and governmental groups regarding food-related issues through teaching, research, extension, and outreach programs.
  • To provide a comprehensive educational experience for traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate students that ensures scientific and technical competencies.


Students & Programs


The Bachelor of Science Degree is offered with options in science, business or technology. The undergraduate science option and Master's and Doctoral programs are certified by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT); therefore, K-State students are eligible to apply for IFT scholarships. Numerous undergraduate and graduate students have received IFT scholarships and fellowships.

Online Education:

Undergraduate and graduate Food Science online education courses are offered by Food Science Institute faculty through the K-State Global Campus. A non-degree Food Science Certificate, Bachelor Degree Completion program, and Master's Degree report and thesis programs also are offered.


Facilities & Research


State-of-the-art laboratories and pilot plants are available to fulfill research, teaching, and extension missions. The facilities include cereal and grain, dairy, meat, poultry, egg, thermal, extrusion, fermentation, sensory analysis, and value-added processing/evaluation capabilities.

Research Areas

Cereal Science
Dairy Food Technology
Food Chemistry
Food Engineering
Food Microbiology and Safety (pre- and post-harvest)
Foods, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health
Meat Science
Physical Chemistry and Rheology
Product Development
Sensory Analysis



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Contact FSI

Dr. Karen Schmidt
Dr. Karen A. Schmidt
FSI Undergraduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
225 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-1216


Dr. J. Scott Smith
Dr. J. Scott Smith
FSI Graduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
208 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : (785) 532-1219