Student Activities

In addition to the Food Science Club, there are other student activities in which students can participate. The Dairy Products Evaluation Team is one of these activities that is sponsored by the department. Students learn to evaluate various dairy products for sensory attributes, and prepare to compete at the regional and national level. To learn more about the Dairy Products Evaluation Team, contact the food science undergraduate advisor and manager of the team, Dr. John Partridge, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Another team, the Product Development Team, is the best known group on campus and across the country. A group of graduate and undergraduate students take product ideas and prototypes developed in the Food Product Development (FSC 470) class to greater levels of development. With the expanded and improved development concept, the students submit a five-page proposal that is submitted to the IFT’s Student Division’s Food Product Development Competition. Over 25 schools compete each year, with MSU’s team being one of the six finalists in four of the past six years. The team received the first place award in 2010 and 2011 at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo. To receive more information on how to get involved with the Product Development Team, contact Dr. Janice Harte, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A third activity for students is the College Bowl team. A group of students competes against other groups from various universities in a quiz bowl. Weekly practices begin in January and continue until the competition in April, and this is a great way to learn and be tested on food science concepts and to interact with students from other Food Science departments. Registration for the College Bowl team occurs at a Food Science Club meeting during the fall semester. For more information about the College Bowl team, contact the team’s manager, Dr. Marvin Thompson, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).