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Food Science Club

The Food Science Club aims to foster a close relationship among all food science students and departmental faculty and staff 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 previous academic years, students have interacted with industry members, toured a co-packing facility in Nashville, toured McKee Foods in Collegedale, participated in several of the IFT Volunteer Section’s meetings, and spread knowledge of food science at Ag Day and the InVOLvement Fair. Annually, the Food Science Club hosts a semester kick-off event to welcome new and returning students back to campus and to give an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to interact with each other and pay annual dues. Companies, such as JBS, PepsiCo, and Mars Wrigley Confectionery, have provided sessions to students about career and internship opportunities. We also give back to UT, UTIA, and Knoxville. Members are always able to contribute to Ag Day by giving out big orange floats at our annual booth. Students frequently assist with the annual Wines of the South event held in Knoxville and host a candy table at the UTIA Fall Festival for UTIA employees and families in the Knoxville area.

As an IFT Student Association (IFTSA) recognized chapter, we get a lot of perks! An IFT student membership is discounted to only $60 and includes membership to the IFT Volunteer Section. Students have been able to participate in activities like the annual IFTSA Festive Foodie Event, free online webinars on building ourselves professionally, the College Bowl Competition, and the IFTSA and Mars Product Development Competition just to name a few. IFT, IFTSA, and Feeding Tomorrow also give out scholarships and exclusive internship opportunities to students. Our chapter is dedicated to ensuring our students are given the opportunities for success, no matter what their career goals are. Because of our efforts, we were awarded the IFTSA Chapter of the Year “Develop” Award at IFT19! We can’t wait for you to join us as we continue to grow, learn, and build a food science family.

FSC Role2018-20192019-2020
PresidentJennifer Vuia-RiserNiamh Schumacher
Vice-PresidentKindal TatumJoshua Brantley
TreasurerAnita BestAlina Pan
SecretaryNiamh SchumacherNikki Reuter
HistorianMackenzie HennesseeJenna Laughlin
IFT Volunteer Section RepKyla AdkinsJoshua Brantley
Dean's Advisory Board RepJennifer Vuia-RiserAlina Pan
AdvisorDr. Francine HollisTBA

Contact Information

Jennifer Vuia-Riser – jvuia@vols.utk.edu

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