School of Food Science

Student Accomplishments

Reducing Waste While Improving Snack Nutrition

April 26, 2016 PULLMAN, Wash. – Your favorite puffed snack food may soon contain more fiber and nutrition, thanks to research from Washington State University food scientists. Girish Ganjyal and some of his graduate students have discovered how to add carrot pomace – the pulpy leftover from juicing the veggies – to cornstarch, increasing the […]

Considering Confectionary Creations

April 18, 2016 PULLMAN, Wash., Cougar Gold Cheese may have found a worthy and upcoming rival in the form of chocolate. WSU Crimson Confections is the world’s first WSU-produced commercial chocolate. The business is the coalescing of hospitality business management, food science and engineering students coming together to create something novel. “We have all come […]

Building Better Lives for Widows, Orphans

April 6th, 2016 WSU Online- A decade ago, Francoise Gakuba came to the U.S. from Rwanda. She already had a food science degree from the University of Burundi, but wanted to better help her native county. “Households in Rwanda lack infrastructure, such as clean water, electricity, refrigeration systems, that support food safety,” she said. “I […]

WSU SURCA Poster Event Presents 46 Awards to 52 Undergraduate Researchers

MARCH 30, 2016 PULLMAN, Wash.—At Washington State University’s largest-ever Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) on March 28, 52 of the 231 students presenting just over 200 posters landed a total of 46 awards, announced Shelley Pressley, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, event host. The awards total $10,300. There were 20 […]

CAHNRS Honors Recognize Top Students and Volunteers

  March 24, 2016 PULLMAN, Wash.- Agents of excellence were recognized at the 2016 CAHNRS Honors awards ceremony, held Thursday, March 24 in Pullman. The annual gala highlights students, volunteers, donors, faculty and staff who represent the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at its best. Dean’s Wall of Honor Award: Chuck Eggert […]

2015 Dairy Products Evaluation Contest Results

The UI/WSU School of Food Science will be coming home with several awards from this week’s Midwest Regional and National Dairy Products Evaluation competitions in Chicago, IL. Students on this year’s team were Zachary Cartwright, Lauren Celmer, Hannah Damiano, Arianne Kreger, Jose Orenday-Ortiz, and Kristen Sparkman. Team advisors are Helen Joyner and Mike Costello. Here are […]

Dairy Products Team Competes with Unique Product

The School of Food Science Dairy Product Development Team competed against teams from other universities and took home the third place prize for their product, “Pizzarella”. The competition is an annual event held at the Idaho Milk Processors’ Association Annual Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. The event was on August 13 and included teams from […]

SFS Represented Well at IFT15 in Chicago

 IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation, July 11-14, Chicago Food professionals from all over the globe gathered in Chicago for IFT15 this July. Attracting more than 23,000 registrants, IFT15 featured 1225 exhibitors in 2600 booths on the food expo floor. More than 100 educational sessions and 1000+ poster sessions provided information on the latest developments and trends […]

Spring/Summer 2015 Graduates

Congratulations to all of our graduates so far for 2015! Undergraduates: Alex Agnew Ashley Brennan Pablo Corredor Noelle Diciglio Patricia Flores Meredith Kuchera Alex Meldrum Annie Millard Lindsey Milligan Jessica Murray Katie Smoot Colby Swartz Kenny Valenta Samantha Young JieHui Zhou                 Graduate students: Rocío Jackelyn Carrión Rabanal […]

Award Winners Spring 2015

The WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) and the UI College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) held their annual award banquets this spring and many School of Food Science people were honored there. CAHNRS Awards: Faculty member Karen Killinger was awarded the CAHNRS Faculty Excellence in Extension Award and Cathy […]

UI Students Participate in Innovation Showcase

UI Innovation Showcase Our students Alex Meldrum and Connie Muniandy presented their research projects in today’s University of Idaho Innovation Showcase, a student-based competition designed to highlight the research and creative successes of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Idaho. Alex Meldrum, a senior in the School of Food Science, did a poster […]

Undergraduate Helps Develop New Ice Cream Flavor

Undergraduate Lauren Celmer took on the Tree Top Product Development competition and traveled to the IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference in Florida last week to compete in their Most Innovative Prototype ice cream flavor competition. Her Blackberry Streusel Ice Cream took 4th place in the national competition. Good work to this team of one student, […]

Student Team Sending Cheese to Competition in Wisconsin

A team of graduate and undergraduate food science students are entering their novel pizza cheese into a competition held by the Wisconsin Cheese Maker’s Association. Their cheese will be on display and will be judged at the annual industry conference held on the April 22nd, 2015. The team is entering the cheese into the Class […]

Undergraduate Research Award Winners at WSU SURCA

                Jessica Murray and Victoria Minette, both WSU SFS undergrads, were given awards at WSU Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) on Monday, March 30. They presented their research and took away the only two awards given in the Applied Sciences category. Jessica won the Crimson award […]

2014 Dairy Products Evaluation Team

  Congratulations to our Dairy Products Evaluation team who took second place in the nation for the evaluation of ice cream. UI Senior Lindsay Milligan took the individual first place award in ice cream, and WSU Senior Katie Smoot won the Joe Larson Merit Award– the student who best exemplifies the ideals of the contest. […]

Several Students Bypassing Masters to Earn PhD

Congratulations to Jesse Aplin for officially being transferred from the MS in Food Science program to the PhD in Food Science program starting the fall of 2014. Jesse joined the School of Food Science in the Fall semester of 2013. His research is focused on novel uses of non-Saccharomyces yeasts that naturally occur in grape juice […]

Graduate Student Places Third in Oral Competition

Allison Baker placed third in the oral competition for the IFT Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division in New Orleans. Congrats and great job representing the School of Food Science! Allison is also officially being transferred from the MS in Food Science program to the PhD in Food Science program starting the spring of 2014. She […]

Students Take a Top Spot in IMPA Competition

Our student team took second place in the Annual Idaho Milk Processors Association (IMPA) Dairy Product Development Competition on August 14-15.   The team returned for a second year with a refined product and presentation. They made a soft drink that utilizes greek yogurt whey.         Returning team members are Alex Meldrum […]

Summer 2014 Graduates

  Trent Millin (Masters in Food Science, WSU) Thursday, July 10th Title:  “Physicochemical and structural changes in potato French fries during processing.” Chair: Girish Ganjyal         Nageshwar Tammineni (PhD in Food Science, UI) Monday, July 14th Title: “Development of Fish Gelatin Films with Enhanced Physical, Antioxidants and Antimicrobial Properties.” Chair: Gulhan Unlu. […]

2014-2015 Student Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our students who have received scholarships to help pay for their education during the 2014-2015 school year. Here’s a list of some of the scholarships our students have received: AACCI Endowment Fund, Graduate Fellowship-Ryan Kowalski American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship-Allison Baker, Zachary Cartwright, Kenneth McMahon, and Caroline Merrell CAHNRS Scholarship-Katie Waldo, […]

Nominees honored at WSU CAHNRS award events

Faculty, staff and students in the School of Food Science were nominated for awards within the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University. Award banquets were held during the spring semester to honor the nominees and announce winners. Here are a list of our nominees and the winners: Award celebrations: […]

Spring 2014 Graduates

Undergraduates               (Not pictured: Gena McKahan, Chongjun Li and Samantha Watkins) UI: Andrea Dittmer Alyssa Eldredge Tracy Hare Corbin Hohl Jacob Jenott Matt King Chongjun Li Shiloh Mangan Joseph Przybylski Samantha Watkins Amanda Wilder WSU: Hannah Damiano Brianna Dunn Carsten Floor Jaehoon Kim Stephanie McCauley Gena McKahan Lisa Piontek […]

SFS Represented Well at CALS Awards Banquet

Award nominees and supporters from the School of Food Science (SFS) gathered to celebrate colleagues’ accomplishments at the University of Idaho (UI) College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Awards Banquet at the UI SUB Ballroom on Monday evening, April 28th. Ron Luedeman was presented a Distinguished Associate Alumni award. Mr. Luedeman continues to make significant […]

LCIFT Student Poster Night and IFTSA Banquet

A banquet held in conjunction with a research poster competition closed out the activities of an eventful weekend in March of 2014 for the School of Food Science. The Lewis and Clark Chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists (LCIFT) hosted a banquet at the University of Idaho Commons Building as the final event in […]

NWFPA Scholarship Recipient Earned More than Money

The Food Science Club in the School of Food Science works hard to have the Portland, Oregon industry trip overlap with this conference so that students are able to attend the trade show.  NWFPA pays for the travel and registration for the scholarship recipients to attend sessions and the trade show.  “This opportunity gave me […]

Students Compete at WSU Wiley Research Exposition

The School of Food Science was well represented at the WSU Wiley Research Exposition with two oral presentations and one poster presentation by our students. The exposition was held at the Compton Union Building on the WSU Campus in Pullman. The February 21st event invited student researchers from all across campus to present their findings […]

December 2013 Graduates

Congratulations to our graduates of December 2013! Luis Castro—Ph.D. in Food Science, WSU. Title:  “The impact of flavor components and their interactions on the sensory perception of beer.”  His major advisor was Carolyn Ross.   Amir Gol Mohamadi— Ph.D. in Food Science, UI. “Ultrasound-assisted extraction of red raspberry anthocyanins and utilization of mustard meal-derived products to improve […]

Graduate Students take Top Spots in WAWGG Poster Competition

Two students working toward advanced Food Science degrees at the School of Food Science took first and second place at the recent regional wine conference’s poster session.         Masters student Zachary Cartwright (whose major advisor is Charlie Edwards) won first place in the graduate division of the Washington Association of Wine Grape […]

Team takes Third Place and Individual takes First in Ice Cream

team took third med res

Third Place in Ice Cream: (L to R) team advisor Mike Costello, Samantha Young, Ashley Brennan, Neil Moran (International Dairy Foods Assoc. Senior VP) , and Alex Meldrum.

Summer 2013 Graduates

  Congratulations to our graduate students who completed their defense this summer.   Chao-Feng Hsieh, PhD in Food Science, UI. Title: “Impact of Extent of Hydration and Granule-Associated Proteins on Granular and Molecular Reaction Patterns of Chemically-Modified Starches.” Chair: Kerry Huber.         Dmytro Kuzyk, MS in Food Science, WSU. “Influence of Titratable Acidity on the Perceived […]

Student Teams Take First and Second Place in Food Product Competition

FS 489 Team project-- Greek Yogurt Cake

PULLMAN, WA – Two student teams representing the Washington State University/University of Idaho School of Food Science earned a first place award for a Greek yogurt cake named “Aphrodite’s Treats” and second place for a sweet potato pasta appetizer called “S.P. Stuffed Puffs”. The teams won the DuPont Knowledge Award, a national food product development competition. The use of emerging food ingredients helped propel their novel products to the top spots in the contest.


Year in Review: Student Clubs

Written by Allison Baker (WSU FS Club President) and Corbin Hohl (UI FS Club President) The WSU and UI Food Science Clubs (FSC) have been very active again this year. The Food Science Clubs operate separately, but our activities are open to students at both universities. Due to the close proximity of the universities and […]

UI Grad Chosen as SFS Outstanding Senior

Kari Jones has been selected as the University of Idaho School of Food Science Outstanding Senior. Jones came to the UI with a strong foundation in culinary arts. She received a degree in Basic and Advanced Culinary Arts, Saucier, Pastry, Confections and Showpieces at the Arizona Culinary Institute. After she earned that degree she attended […]

Food Science Student Making Food Better

When recent Washington State University graduate senior Jake Fischer served in the United States Air Force and ate military MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) day after day, it made him hungry to learn how to make military food better.  While he was in Afghanistan, he decided that enrolling in the Food Science program at WSU was his […]

2012-2013 Student Scholarship Recipients

Spring 2013 – Congratulations to our students who have received scholarships to help pay for their education. Here’s a list of some of the scholarships our students have received: American Society for Enology and Viticulture (2013) — Taylor Oswald Charles W. and Beatrice M. Nagel Scholarship (2013) — Taylor Oswald Idaho Milk Products Association Scholarship […]

Concern for Future Food Informs WSU Grad Student’s Trip to Nation’s Capital

To win, she had to write a short essay on what she considered the greatest challenge facing agriculture. Waldrop said she’d just finished a 20-page paper on sustainable agriculture—could she adapt an idea from that paper and whittle it down to a mere 500 words? Focusing on climate change, she wrote a succinct essay, then […]

2013 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Winners

Geyang Wu (pursuing a PhD in Food Science, major professor Byung-Kee Baik) and Chen Liu (pursuing a masters in Food Science, major professor Gulhan Unlu), both students in the School of Food Science, are the second place winners of the Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) 2013 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge. Their flexible packaging prototype for the […]

Travel Award

WSU SFS masters student, Megan Waldrop (major professor is Carolyn Ross), won a travel award to attend the USDA Agricultural Forum in Arlington, Virginia on February 21-22. She was chosen based on her essay on “The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture Over the Next 5 Years.” It is a sponsored trip that includes a tour of the […]

Alumni Award for Excellence

UI PhD student Nageshwar Tammineni was recently awarded an Alumni Award for Excellence. Nageshwar was one of only 15 graduate students at the university who were given this award. It is given to recognize students who have achieved outstanding academic success and have demonstrated career and professional preparation; campus and community leadership and involvement, or […]

December 2012 Graduates

We wish the very best to all of our graduates this semester! Good luck, and keep in touch! UI Undergraduate – Kathleen Momont WSU Undergraduates – Shirley Kwan Wai Siu and Kate Sweitzer Masters: Molly Mayer – Master of Food Science; Friday, November 2, 2012 LABORATORY AND COMMERCIAL EXAMINATION OF POST-HARVEST CHLORINE AND CHLORINE DIOXIDE […]

Emerging Researchers National Conference

Congratulations to WSU undergrad Pablo Corredor whose abstract has been accepted for presentation during the 2013 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM which will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Renaissance Washington DC hotel on February 28 – March 2, 2013. Pablo also has been given a travel award so he will be […]

First Place

The WSU/UI Dairy Products Evaluation Team took FIRST PLACE in the Ice Cream Competition at the 91st Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest in Springfield, Missouri. Pictured on the left are team members, Shiloh Mangan, Lisa Piontek, and Lynette Andersen, with advisor Mike Costello and David Carpenter, President and CEO of CHR Hansen. Lisa Piontek also […]

First Place

The WSU/UI Dairy Products Evaluation Team took first place in the Ice Cream Competition at the 91st Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest in Springfield, Missouri last week. Students on the team were Lisa Piontek (who took second place in the individuals for ice cream), Lynette Anderson and Shiloh Mangan; team advisor is Mike Costello. The […]

Scholarship Winners

Stephanie McCauley and Kate Sweitzer received Washington Association for Food Protection (WAFFP) Scholarships for the 2013-2104 year.  As a part of this scholarship, they had the chance to attend the annual WAFFP conference in Chelan, WA on Sept 19-21, 2012. Here is a feature of our student scholarship winners on their web site. Congrats!

Scholarship Winners

Three SFS Students, Karin Thorsen (WSU), Kate Sweitzer (WSU), and Alex Meldrum (UI) have been awarded IFT Feeding Tomorrow Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. Congratulations on being rewarded for your hard work!

Student Team Wins First Place

Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition – IFT 2012 GOAL: develop new products or processes designed to improve the quality of life for people in developing nations. Student competitors were tasked with creating a mango-based product that addresses nutrient deficiencies common in Kenya. Mangoes grow abundantly in Kenya, but the harvesting season is short so […]

IFT Poster Competition Winners

Chao-Feng Hsieh (current UI Ph.D. student in Kerry Huber’s laboratory) was the 1st place winner of the IFT Carbohydrate Division Graduate poster competition at the IFT Annual Meeting. Poster title: Impact of Degree of Swelling on Both Granular and Molecular Reaction Patterns of Chemically Modified Starches. Maria Rosales Soto took first place in the Biotechnology […]

NW Food Processors Association Scholarships

The Northwest Food Processors Association has chosen their scholarship winners for the 2012-2013 academic year. Congratulations to our student winners, Lynette Anderson from the U of I, and Jake Fischer from WSU. Congratulations to both of you!

IFT Student Association Scholarships

Kate Sweitzer has been awarded the “Feeding Tomorrow” Junior/Senior Scholarship. Alex Meldrum received the “Feeding Tomorrow” Sophomore Scholarship. Feeding Tomorrow recognizes exceptional students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in food science.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects

2011-2012 CAHNRS Applied Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 1st place: Matthew Allan – Food Science Developing Micrografting Technology for Sweet Cherry Dr. Amit Dhingra, Mentor Read more about his project here.    

Food Product Development Team Headed to Nationals!

“Developing Solutions for Developing Countries” Competition at IFT 2012 One of our student Product Development Competition teams received the highest preliminary score and will be competing at the national competition at the IFT Annual Meeting. You can learn more about their Developing Solutions for Developing Countries competition on the IFT web site. June 27: Final […]

2011-2012 CAHNRS and CALS Student Awards

Congratulations to two of our students who were given awards at the recent college awards banquets. Mikaela Easter was awarded the SFS Outstanding Senior for CAHNRS on April 14.     Alex Fredrickson was awarded the SFS Outstanding Senior for CALS on April 23.     Also nominated by our department and recognized were the […]

IFT’s Biotechnology Division Graduate Student Paper Competition

Ali Abghari and Maria Rosales Soto are among the finalists for the IFT’s Biotechnology Division Graduate Student Paper Competition. Ali’s paper is entitled “Enzymatic Production of Galactooligosaccharide and its purification by ethanol precipitation method.” Maria’s paper is on “Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation of protein enhanced cassava flour.”

President’s Award for Leadership and Service at WSU

Undergraduate WSU FS student Kate Sweitzer has been selected as a 2012 recipient for the prestigious President’s Award for Leadership and Service at WSU. She will be presented her award at the Student Leadership Awards Program on April 17. Congratulations to you, Kate!      

Applied Sciences Award

Undergraduate WSU FS student Gena McKahan was awarded the novice award in Applied Sciences at SURCA. Nice work, Gena!        

Undergraduate Writing Competition Winner

Kate Sweitzer has won third place in the IFT Undergraduate Writing Competition. Her paper was on color additives, and she will be recognized at the Phi Tau Sigma awards ceremony at the IFT Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

IFT scholarships for 2011-12

Washington State University Sumeet Dhawan (BSYSE student) – Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists Ph.D. Scholarship, $2,000 Maria Rosales – Graduate Scholarship, $2,000 Kate Sweitzer – Junior/Senior Scholarship, $1,000 Roopesh Syamaladevi (BSYSE student) -Graduate Scholarship, $2,000 University of Idaho Anne Millard – Freshman Scholarship, $1000 Kathleen Moment – Junior/Senior Scholarship, $1000

Scholarship Winners

2011-2012 Northwest Food Processors Association Scholarship Congratulations to Jenny Lim, of the University of Idaho, and Matt Allan, from Washington State University.

Ambassador Spotlight

Two of our SFS students were featured in the recent issue of Ambassador Spotlight at the UI. Corbin Hohl and Amanda Wilder have some great write ups that you can check out here. Just click on the October 2011 issue link.

2011 AACC International Best Student Research Paper Competition

Daniel D. Ramseyer, recent M.S. graduate of the SFS, was chosen as one of the six finalists who will advance to the next round of the 2011 AACC International Best Student Research Paper Competition for his paper titled ” Arabinoxylan distribution and functionality in selected flour mill streams and effect on flour blending.”  The competition […]

2010-2011 CALS Banquet

The University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences honored its outstanding students, faculty and staff Monday, April 25, at its annual banquet. more Outstanding Academic Advisor – Dr. Jeff Bohlscheid, School of Food Science Outstanding Staff – Gayle Gleason, School of Food Science Outstanding Freshman – Amanda Wilder, School of Food Science Outstanding […]

2010-2011 CAHNRS Banquet Awards

Saturday, April 9, 2011 Congratulations to Jake Fischer who was selected from other CAHNRS Freshman as the Outstanding Freshman. Also recognized at the CAHNRS Banquet were: Stephanie Martinez was selected by the Food Science Faculty as the Outstanding Senior in Food Science. Mikaela Easter was nominated by Food Science as Outstanding Junior in CAHNRS. Bridget […]

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