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February 20, 2019

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | September 26, 2019


Jillian Nordness was featured on CAHNRS Ambassador Talk Tuesday. You can learn more about Jillian on the CAHNRS News Website.

Lydia Waterman was featured in UI Catching up with CALS newsletter about a recent industry tour trip to Chicago for the 2019 Agriculture Future of America Food Institute in January.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Celebrate National Chili Day with SFS on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in FSHN 104A. There will be chili and soup provided in the SFS break room/copy room. This is potluck style, please bring sides/food that compliments soup and chili and drinks. We will set up all food items in the break/copy room and eat in the large conference room. All are welcome to attend!

Washington State University Transportation Services is transitioning to permitless license plate recognition (LPR) parking next year. This requires adjustments to the reciprocal parking agreement between U of I and WSU. Email if you regularly teach, work or are involved in research partnerships at WSU. We need to understand who will be impacted by this upcoming change so we can work collaboratively with WSU Transportation Services to make it as seamless as possible. Email with your name, position, department, general purpose for your need to access WSU campus and how often you park at WSU.

Registration for the Business Plan Competition opened today. All WSU students, regardless of major, are eligible to participate as long as at least two members are undergraduates. . The screening round of the competition requires registering their team online and submitting a one-pager about their business idea. Teams that advance to the presentation round will be notified April 1 and will then submit a 4-7 page business plan and slide deck. The presentation round takes place on April 25. KT Farms is sponsoring a $5000 Ag Tech/Food Science prize at the upcoming competition. Full competition guidelines, scoring rubrics, deadlines, and the registration link can all be found on the BPC webpage.

See the below information regarding parking at UI and WSU:

  • Washington State University
  •  University of Idaho

Spring Semester 2019 Important Dates:

  • WSU & UI Spring Break March 11-15th
  • WSU Spring Commencement, Sat., May 4th
  • UI Spring Commencement, Sat., May 11th

UI, there will be two progress survey reminder emails sent out to all 16 week 200-400 level course instructors with outstanding progress surveys. Faculty and advisors will be included in the memo. Please check your email for the progress survey (early warning grades) intervention timeline for the semester.

UI student, deadlines are approaching for distinguished scholarship applications. Please review the list of distinguished scholarships that are due soon after winter break (January 2019 – February 2019). University of Idaho students have been successful in many of these scholarship competitions. See University of Idaho’s news website for more information.

The CAHNRS 3MT is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2019. It will take place in the afternoon, exact time TBD, depending upon the number of student entries. Student entries are due to the College by Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Head to the CAHNRS 3MT Website for more information.

Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 to Alanna Ellis ( in the Academic Programs Office. Full descriptions and eligibility requirements for each award can be found on the Graduate School’s Website.

The 3rd Annual Plant Science Symposium will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Washington State University. The event will be held in the WSU Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center. Registration is FREE! and includes snacks, lunch, and drink tickets for a social mixer. There will be a poster session and prizes for the best posters. There is also an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to apply to present a short talk. Instructions for general registration as well as poster abstract applications are available at the []Plant Science Symposium website.

The Student Section

Apply for the GPSA Excellence Awards, nominations are open 1/15 – 3/15. Visit the GPSA website for more information.

University of Idaho graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to join the new UIdaho Graduate Community Facebook page to receive updates on upcoming events and more!

UI Students, the University of Idaho has established an Institutional Agreement with Kaplan to allow students the opportunity to complete live, in-person GRE and MCAT preparation courses at a reduced rate. The Kaplan GRE Test Preparation Course survey and the Kaplan Test Preparation Course survey are open if interested in these opportunities.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture has a prestigious fellowship program known as the FFAR Fellows. You can apply for their upcoming 2019-2022 cohort by February 15, 2018 for the Stipend + Professional Development Fellow ship and April 15, 2018 for the Professional Development Fellowship. For more information, contact the FFAR Fellows Program Director:

Nominations for ‘The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards’ and ‘Graduate School’s Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award’  are due on March 1, 2019. These awards recognize the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU’s male and female graduate students. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible. Award information and nomination forms are all available on the AFW Website.

Scholarship submissions for the Northwest FCS are due on March 1, 2019. Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors, current college students and those pursuing graduate degrees. All scholarships are $2,500 each. See more information on Northwest Farm Credit Services’ scholarship webpage.

Extension Events

The 33rd Advanced Cheese Making Short Course will be held on February 26-28, 2019 in Pullman, Washington. Head to the Creamery’s Registration Page for more information.

The Cider & Perry Production – A Foundation registration is available now. This five-day course provides students with expert knowledge of cider and perry principles and practices. The curriculum is taught by WSU fermentation specialist, Bri Ewing, and includes information regarding cider culture, production, science, and business. The course will be held from March 11-March 15, 2019 at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. Register for this course on Brown Paper Ticket’s Registration Website.

Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

Dr. Amy Lin, the PI of the Starch Chemistry Laboratory in the Bi-State School of Food Science at the University of Idaho has opening for enthusiastic and hardworking undergraduate students, who are eager to have some hands-on experience in applying your food science knowledge to a real-world problem associated with potatoes. More information can be found on the SFS Jobs, Internships, and scholarships webpage.

Dr. Helen Joyner has a summer research internship available for an undergraduate student.  The internship will focus on food foams made from dairy proteins and how they break down under shear.  In this position, the student will learn about the basic principles of rheology, or the study of flow and deformation of materials.  They will create dairy foams and test them under various conditions.  Additionally, they will participate in lab group activities, including attending the BUILD Dairy annual conference in May.  The position is paid ($12/hour) and is 20 hours per week for 15 weeks during the summer.  Interested students can contact Dr. Joyner at or 208-885-9683.

IMPA is currently accepting scholarship applications from current U of I / WSU students for the 2019/2020 academic year. While we are somewhat focused on Food Science majors, we are most interested in candidates that are committed to careers in the Dairy Industry in Idaho. Please complete and submit your application by March 15th2019, attach an updated resume and send to

The School of Food Science at Washington State University in Pullman, WA invites applications for a permanent full time 12 month appointment as Creamery Assistant Manager. The Creamery Assistant Manager reports to the Creamery Manager and is responsible for the development and execution of the three divisions of the WSU Creamery, namely retail sales (Ferdinand’s), direct marketing and production including providing support, oversight, and fiscal management. Read more about this position on WSU Jobs Webpage.

Click here to view open jobs, internships, and scholarships on the SFS website.

Other Announcements

Interested in strengthening your ability to communicate your work? At the 2018 All CALS Day Randy Olson, scientist turned filmmaker, and his team presented a one-day workshop on Story Circles. He emphasized the ABT Framework that relies on ‘ands’, ‘buts’ and ‘therefores’ to create a message that is impactful and engages the reader while delivering scientific or sometimes complicated information. The afternoon allowed us all a chance to practice that framework in a demonstration for how the ‘Story Circles’ work. If you are interested in becoming a part of one of the Idaho Story Circles, please reply to Debbie Rigby by March 8, with Story Circles in the subject line.