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Students receive IFT Scholarships

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!


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


Caleb Wagner wins Schreiber Food Competition

Caleb WagnerCaleb Wagner, Food Science Master's student with Global Campus, recently competed in the Schreiber Foods Graduate Student poster contest in Dairy Foods Research. He place first in this competition! The competition was held at the 2019 American Dairy Science Association annual meeting in Cincinnati, OH. Caleb is a Master's student with Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla. Congratulations Caleb!



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


Freshmen honorary Quest selects 2018-2019 members

Congratulations to the following Food Science student who has been selected as a member of the Quest Freshmen Honorary, which works to develop freshmen leaders through mentorship, personal development, and campus involvement.

  • Scuyler Zenger, food science and pre-medicine - Washington, KS


IFT Student Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to Yuda Ou for winning 2nd place poster in the Fruits and Vegetable Products division and to Mostafa Taghvaei for winning 2nd place poster in Toxicology and Food Safety division at IFT 2018 held in Chicago, IL July 16-18, 2018.

Yuda Ou and Dr. Kelly Getty

Yuda Ou with his advisor Dr. Kelly Getty


Congratulations to the FDSCI Product Development Team!

FDSCI Product Development Team - 1st place - National Dairy Council 2018 New Product Competition for the development of Quick-Quark (Team members: Yuda Ou, Karthik Sajith Babu and Priyamvada Thorakkattu; Advisors: Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla and Dr. Kelly Getty) Teams from Cornell University and Clemson University finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively. The Ohio State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and a second team from Cornell University were also in the top 6.

American Dairy Science Association


Congratulations also goes to the following ADSA graduate student award winners:

Leprino Foods Graduate Student Poster Presentation Contest in Dairy Foods Research

  • 2nd - Ben Ma (advised by Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla)
  • 3rd - Karthik Babu (advised by Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla)

National Beef Packing Company Award

Congratulations to Dr. Danny Unruh for being selected to receive the National Beef Packing Company's 2018 Outstanding Food Science Graduate Student award. Danny recently completed his Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Sara Gragg and Dr. Justin Kastner at the Olathe campus focusing on food safety research and food safety policy. He recently accepted a position in the meat safety and quality group at Corbion in Lenexa, KS, an international provider of ingredients and processing aids to the food industry. Danny will be presented a plaque and a $1000 award by National Beef. Earlier this summer, Bennett Uhl was awarded the 2018 National Beef Packing Company Outstanding Food Science Undergraduate award, which also comes with a plaque and $1000 check. Bennett is currently pursuing his M.S. in Food Science under Dr. Umut Yucel. This is the second year that National Beef has sponsored these annual awards through the Food Science Institute. Their support, along with the efforts of the award selection committees, are very much appreciated.

Staley School of Leadership Studies selects first cohort of Cargill Fellows

Congratulations to Katheryn Gregerson, Junior in Food Science and Industry for her recent selection as one of the Cargill Fellows cohorts. The Cargill Fellows program at Kansas State University will create a supportive environment to prepare and empower students to exercise leadership in their communities and global workplaces. Fellows are students in the colleges of Agriculture, Business Administration and Engineering with an interest in professions that help nourish the world.


Product development team places in National Dairy Council contest

The Quick-Quark Product Development Team was selected as a "top 3" outstanding student team for their participation in the 2018 National Dairy Council New Product Competition! Team members are graduate students Yuda Ou, Karthik Sajith Babu and Priyamvada Thorakkattu, their advisors are Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla and Dr. Kelly Getty! The first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced on Tuesday June 26th, 2018 at the American Dairy Science Association Joint Annual Meeting in Knoxville TN during the NDC sponsored reception.