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Ways for students to get involved!

There are many ways that students can be involved in the department and find opportunites ot volunteer, compete, and build life long relationships with their fellow students and faculty members. We encourage students to be involved in the many activities available within the department.

IFTSA College Bowl Team

(standing: Kayla Adkins, Dr. Vermont Dia; sitting left to right: Jennifer Vuia-Riser, Michael Luethke, Lana Matic, Steven Wesolowski)

If you have ever dreamed of being on a Food Science themed Jeopardy episode, this team is for you! This a fun way to learn interesting food science facts, travel and compete with your peers. The team will begin practices during the Fall semester and competitions will be held in April. This year we won second place in regions and hope to make it to first next year so we can compete in nationals! If you are interested in joining the team please contact Team Captain Jennifer Vuia-Riser ( or Dr. Vermont Dia (

Dairy Products Evaluation Team

(left to right: Joshua Brantley, Reanna Cummings, Caroline Cate, Dr. Charles White, Allison Shaunak, Meryam Idrissi, and Trent Kerley.

Adjunct faculty member, Dr. Charles White, coaches our students on the detection and evaluation of quality and defects of various dairy products. To be eligible for this team, you must take Food Science 442 Dairy Products Judging taught by Dr. White. Last year’s team competed in regionals and qualified for national. The team brought home 8 awards from the national competition including 2 overall wins in Cheddar and Cottage Cheese. For more information, please contact Karen Jones ( or Jessica Black (

Food Science Club

The Food Science Club aims to foster a close relationship among all food science students and departmental faculty at the University of Tennessee in order to encourage leadership and to acquaint students with the scope of food science. The club hosts events and meetings throughout the year to reach these goals in addition to interacting with the Volunteer Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). In the previous academic year, students interacted with industry members,  participated in several of the IFT Volunteer Section’s meetings, and spread knowledge of food science at Ag Day. Food Science Club also hosted a fall semester kick-off event to welcome new and returning students back to campus, allow new and old members to pay dues, and to give an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to interact with faculty and staff. Our other club events include assisting with a public showing of Food Evolution, helping with the Wines of the South competition held at UT, participating in the IFT Student Association College Bowl competition, and having Dr. Roger Clemens, an IFT Past-President, speak at UT as part of the IFT Section Lecture Series. The Food Science Club is open to all Food Science majors. If you are interested in joining the club or would like more information, please contact our club president (Jennifer Vuia-Riser, or our club advisor (Dr. Francine Hollis;

The Envoy Group

(left to right: Bailey Brown and Alina Pan)

The Envoy group was created as a way for Food Science students to be ambassadors for our department. The students work closely with faculty and staff on learn more about the department and what is offered. They travel to different recruiting events throughout Tennessee talking to high school students about what food science is and what kinds of careers are available. They are also the first to meet and network with speakers that visit the department. If you are interested in participating in the Envoy Group please contact Jessica Black (

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