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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.

Bennett Uhl


Food Science student selected for Blue Key Senior Honorary

KSU's Blue Key Senior Honorary has named recipients of the Blue Key scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. All scholarship recipients underwent a rigorous and competitive application and interview process. Awardees were selected for demonstrating a clear dedication to the three pillars of Blue Key: scholarship, leadership and service. Maridee Weber, junior in food science, natural resources and environmental sciences, and global food systems leadership, Shawnee, KS, has been awarded the Blue Key Study Abroad Scholarship. Maridee is advised by Dr. Abbey Nutsch.

Food Science student from Brazil receives international travel scholarship

Carla Schwan, doctoral candidate in food science, has received a travel scholarship from the International Association for Food Protection to attend its annual conference and exposition in July in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Students Compete in International Competition

Students from Kansas State University and the University of Minnesota joined forces to compete in the 2018 Spring Capinno Food and Beverage Business Challenge which targets the Chinese market. Their product, "Be You", a high-protein snack tart, was awarded 3rd place overall and Best Commercial Planning (a.k.a Best Business Plan.) Congratulations to Yuda Ou and Ziyi Linghu, graduate students in Food Science for their achievements!

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Food Science students win Fiberstar competition!

Congratulations to our very own Yuda Ou, Yizhou Ben Ma and Jingwen Xu for taking first place in Fiberstar's global innovation contest this year! The group took first with their idea to use Citri-Fi 125 to improve hummus. Read more about their winning product at http://bit.ly/2IqYgeN.


Finalists named for National Dairy Council competition

Congratulations to the following Food Science Graduate Students: Yuda Ou, Karthik Sajith Babu and Priyamvada Thorakkattu for being selected as a top 6 finalist for the National Dairy Council (NDC) New Product Development Competition! Their innovative idea was recognized as a potential cutting-edge idea - snack area. The team's advisor is Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla.

The team is working on getting the final preparations to submit their full project report to be reviewed by a panel of judges. NDC will announce the top three winners on April 25, 2018.