Students Take on Sin City
If you are a student and looking for events to connect with your peers you’ve come to the right place. You can always participate in the Fun Run which takes place Wednesday, June 27, from 6:15–7:15 a.m. Or there are many other events—social and educational—to get involved with your peers. These events not only help you network with industry professionals, but they also provide ways to advance your professional and technical skills. Here’s a look at some of what is planned for this year.
Booth and Student Lounge: The IFTSA booth will be located in the registration area, Hall N1 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, and is a popular gathering place for both students and members. Be sure to stop by and pick up your brochure of student events. IFT will also be offering a student lounge, located in room N231. This is a great place to meet, mingle, and lounge.
Mixer and Chapter of the Year Display: Plan on attending the Mixer, to be held 5:30–6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Ballroom B. Meet and mingle with other students and professionals while viewing the Chapter of the Year displays.
Welcome Assembly and College Bowl Competition: Join your fellow students on Wednesday evening, immediately following the Student Association Mixer at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. It will feature an introduction of the IFTSA leadership and presentation of awards, including Chapter of the Year and Most Improved Chapter, Product Development Competition winners, Fun Run winners, and recognition of the Excellence in Leadership Award recipients. Afterwards, the finals of the 27th anniversary of the Food Science and Technology College Bowl Competition will take place. The eight teams competing in the finals will be:
- North Carolina State Univ.
- Purdue Univ.
- Brigham Young Univ.
- Cornell Univ.
- Univ. of Minnesota
- Univ. of California, Davis
- Clemson Univ.
- Univ. of Arkansas
Undergraduate Research Paper Competition: For the third year, the competition finals will feature both an oral and poster component. Finalists will have 5 min to present their research orally before manning their posters to discuss their research and answer questions from the judges. These hybrid finals of the Undergraduate Research Competition will take place on Tuesday, June 26, from 3:30–5:00 p.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N107. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Welcome Assembly on Wednesday evening. Finalists include:
- Margaret Debrauske (Univ. of Wisconsin)
- Evonne Lau (Cornell Univ.)
- Brittany Miller (Cornell Univ.)
- Graysen Ortega (Texas Tech Univ.)
- Sara Spoede (Univ. of Missouri)
- Ashleigh Willems (Texas Tech Univ.)
Professional Development Oral Sessions (Sessions 310–318): These sessions are designed to give students, who are presenting posters, experience in presenting orally, as well as feedback to refine their presentation skills. Selected students will have the opportunity to present at eight professional development sessions which are scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 –5:30 p.m. A panel of food science and technology professionals will act as judges, and provide written feedback to student presenters. Come support the students and learn about their research in the process. See the Scientific Program portion in the Program Directory (Tab A) for more information.
Product Development Competitions: Always highlights of the Student Association year and Annual Meeting, there are three product development/process competitions taking place this year.
The Product Development Competition, sponsored by Mars, showcases the food scientists of tomorrow and their ability to apply the knowledge and skills learned in school to a real-world situation. Product development teams from participating universities each conceptualize a new food idea, then work to see that idea through the stages of production and marketing. The finalists are:
- California Polytechnic State Univ.: Veg This Way
- Cornell Univ.: Dough TEMPtations
- The Ohio State Univ.: UnBeetable Burger
- Pennsylvania State Univ.: Brew Bites
- Univ. of Minnesota: Theikos Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
- University of Wisconsin-Madison: Cranberry POPlers
Oral presentations will be 12:00–3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in room N101. Product posters will be on display from 8:00–11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Hall C5. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Welcome Assembly on Wednesday night, where Mars will present the winning teams with their prizes.
In the Disney-IFTSA Product Development Competition: Nutritous Food for Kids, the IFTSA and Disney Consumer Products Inc. have challenged student members of the IFT to address and important wellness need by creating healthy snacks for kids. The competition goal is to create a market-relevant, nutritious and delicious snack applicable to a retail food or beverage item that integrates a fruit or vegetable in a product targeted to children under the age of 12. The finalists are:
- Cornell Univ.: Vegginators
- Univ. of Florida: Yum-e-Milk
- Univ. of Minnesota: Mickey Fantasticos
- Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison: Peanut Butter Jamsicles
- Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison: Pit Stop
The competition’s oral finals will be held in the Special Events Pavilion on the IFT Food Expo floor. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Welcome Assembly on Wednesday night, where Disney will present the winning teams with their prizes.
Now in its fourth year, the Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition encourages food science and technology students from around the world to address the critical issues in the development, safety, and distribution of food. The 2012 theme is “Mangoes—especially the Apple, Kent, and Tommy Atkins varieties—grow abundantly in Kenya, but a short harvest season, high fiber content, and typically irregular quality (size, shape, color, etc.) make it difficult for growers to realize the full potential of this crop. Develop a mango-based product that can be produced rapidly in order to realize the full potential of this crop during its short harvesting season.”
The following teams were chosen as finalists:
- Bogor Agricultural Univ. (Indonesia): Magnut
- Brawijaya Univ. (Indonesia): Stift Oorrid Mango
- Universiti Putra Malaysia (Malaysia): Vit-A-Go
- Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst: Mango Meal
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.: Uji-mate
- Washington State Univ. & Univ. of Idaho: Maandazi
IFTSA Retro Bowling Party: Don’t miss the IFTSA Bowling Party, Thursday evening, June 28, starting at 9:30 p.m. Plan on wearing your neon clothes and fingerless gloves … this year the theme is an 80s bowling night. This event will bring students together in an informal atmosphere to network and have some fun. The party will be held at the Gold Coast Casino Bowling Alley (4000 W. Flamingo Rd.). Stop by the Student Association booth (in the registration area, Hall N1 of the convention center) for more information.