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November 25, 2019

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | January 6, 2020


 Congratulations to Fariba Zad Bagher Seighalani on passing her Ph.D. defense on November 21st! Her major professor is Dr. Helen Joyner.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Washington State University Fall Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Learn about registering to walk and the steps to get to the ceremony on the Fall Checklist or Spring Checklist.

University of Idaho Fall Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 12:30 PM. Doors open at 11 a.m. General seating in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center is free and on a first come basis, no tickets required. Learn more on UI’s Commencement Website.

Apply now to participate in WSU Showcase by January 15, 2020 to present your work in the 2020 poster session. Academic Showcase will be held Thursday, March 26, 2020, at WSU Pullman. Apply on the GPSA Research Exposition website.

UI International Programs presents: Conversation Partner Social Hour, all students are welcome and snacks will be available at the campus co-op from 3:30-5:00 PM on Monday, December 9, 2019.  See more information on the UI International Outreach Webpage.

The Food Science Club is putting together a Department Recipe Book as a fundraiser for the club. Ideally these would be recipes that you love and also any wonderfully weird things that you love making. Some ideas for sections are cocktails, easy crock pot recipes, sauces, soups, stuffed stuff, food for the soul, healthy yet hearty, cheap and easy, etc. The Food Science Club would really appreciate any and all ideas. This is an open deadline. Please send questions and/or recipes to with a subject line like “FS Recipe Book”.

The Student Section

The SFS Product Development Team is recruiting students for the 2020 New National Dairy Competition. Undergraduate and graduate students in the United States and Canada are eligible to compete by developing a new dairy or dairy based product to satisfy consumer’s need for enhanced nutrition. Successful entries will meet competition criteria, demonstrate innovation and provide value to consumers. See attached PDF for more information or learn more on the US Dairy Product Competition website. If interested, please contact Lovepreet Singh via email at Both undergrad and graduate students are welcome to join.

CALS launched a clothing bank for students in Ag Sci room 26. The clothing bank has ‘dress to success’ clothing available for professional events. Donations of clean professional type clothing (any and all sizes) are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off in Ag Sci room 39 (our main Ag Econ office), or at my office, Ag Sci 26.

The Student Financial Services office would like to remind students of priority deadlines for completing important financial aid applications for the 2020–2021 school year that opened up on October 1, 2019. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) are available now for students applying for the 2020–2021 school year. FAFSA priority deadline: November 30, 2019 and the WAFSA priority deadline: November 30, 2019. To apply, visit the links below:

  • WASFA 
  • *WASFA is for HB 1079 and qualifying DACA students

Kaplan GRE & MCAT Prep Available at a Reduced Rate to University of Idaho Students. See below for more details:

AFA Food Institute has a GREAT opportunity for Food Science Students to attend the AFA Food Institute on Jan. 26-29., 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Application closes Nov. 25, 2020. For more information and for the application, head to the AgFuture web page.

Interested in an international program? A program with the University of Idaho is available for students to live with a host family in Sevilla and participate in an archaeological excavation near Cadiz. For more information, please contact UI at

Extension Events

Preventive Controls for Human Foods Training Registration is now Live! You can register on the Food Processing website for January 21-23, 2020.

Nominations are open for the Line Work Award with the 39th Annual Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop. This annual award recognizes an employee for exceptional service and commitment to food safety and sanitation within their company. Find more information and the nomination form on the WSU Extension website.

Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

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

Other Announcements

The University of Idaho is transitioning its NetLearning online course platform, and will be discontinued December 31, 2019. Anyone who has not completed any NetLearning training will need to do so by that date.  All training records will be archived and available through EHS after January 1. Please contact Mary Ellen for any training needs you have, and she will assist you with accessing BbLearn for online classes or arranging attendance to live training sessions when they are scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ellen at

There will be a Hazardous Waste Management Workshop for Laboratories on December 12, 2019. Topics covered in the next Hazardous Waste Management Workshop for Laboratories, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in Agriculture Sciences Building Room 62, include the accumulation and storage of chemical waste in a laboratory setting; submitting chemical collection requests, regulatory background, waste minimization, regulatory compliance and background, spill response and more. This workshop is recommended for anyone working in a laboratory setting. Enroll through NetLearning to attend this workshop.