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Food Science Institute - Student Spotlight

We are proud of our students and their accomplishments! 

IFT Award Winners!

Congratulations to Eda Kaya, graduated student in Food Science, for receiving third place in the 2022 IFT Food Packaging Development competition! Her project was Acetyl-triacylglycerol incorporated sorghum DDGS biodegradable packaging film. Congratulations Eda!

Outstanding Food Science Student Awards

The Kansas State University Food Science Institute has selected the 2021-22 winners of the Outstanding Food Science Students awards. Scuyler Zenger received the Outstanding Food Science Senior Award and Daniel Vega received the Outstanding Graduate Food Science Award. We congratulate both of these students on their achievements!

IFT Student Competition Winners

We congratulate these students on their winning presentation at the IFT First student competitions!

  • Bade Tonyali, 1st place - Toxicology & Safety Evaluation Graduate Student Oral Competitionion in Honor of Susan L. Hefle
  • Janae Brown, 2nd place - Education, Extension & Outreach Division Graduate Studetn Oral Competition

Daniel Vega Receives National Scholarship

Daniel VegaDaniel Vega, has won a national scholarship through the Peanut Proud non-profit organization. This is a $2,000 scholarship, plus coverage of all expenses to attend the International Association for Food Protection annual conference. His research has been to validate the effectiveness of commercial baking processes to control foodborne pathogens in bakery products containing peanut butter. This research has been conducted in collaboration with AIB International.



Francisco Najar-Villarreal Named Outstanding Graduate in Food Science 

Francisco Najar-VillarrealFrancisco Najar-Villarreal is the winner of the Food Science Institute’s (FSI) Outstanding Food Science Graduate Award for 2021, an award sponsored by the National Beef Packing Company. Francisco was selected as the 2021 FSI Outstanding Food Science Graduate student because of his impactful research activities focused on improving meat quality and safety, reducing food waste, and translating his research findings for those who can put them into practice. We know that Francisco will continue to have a significant impact on the food industry and wish him the very best! Congratulations!




College of Agriculture New Graduate Awards Ceremony

The Kansas State University College of Agriculture recognizes the following students and their academic acheivments. We are so proud of our Food Science students and wish them well in the next chapter of their lives!

Christina Vavra and Jaden Castinado

Sami Fischer

Sami Fischer

Sami Fischer Named Outstanding Senior in Food Science!

Sami FischerCongratulations to Ms. Samantha (Sami) Fischer who is recognized as the “Outstanding Senior in Food Science and Industry”, an award sponsored by the National Beef Company. She was selected because of her excellent academic performance and many outstanding contributions to the K-State Food Science program and K-State community.  We are so proud of Ms. Fischer, wish her great success in her future endeavors, and look forward to her joining our esteemed Food Science alumni!