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2016 IFTSA Student Competition Winners

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Congratulations to all the IFT Student Association 2016 Competition Winners! And thanks to all the finalist teams that participated.

26th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition:

  • 1st place: McGill University—Rephyll
    Rephyll is a reinvention of a full day’s serving of vegetables in the form of a juicy patty that replicates the sensory and cooking experience of beef.
  • 2nd place: Michigan State University—YerBagel
  • 3rd place: University of Wisconsin, Madison—Qeen-Yos

Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition, sponsored by Tate & Lyle:

  • 1st place: McGill University—Fitamin Multimeal
    Fitamin Multimeal is a ready-to-eat stew made of lentils, tuna, skim milk powder, tahini, carrots, and tomatoes with added eggshell powder to boost the calcium content. A portion of the stew—which is targeted to pregnant women in Yemen—can be combined with flour to make flatbread.
  • 2nd place: Universidad de Costa Rica—Hamilk
  • 3rd place: Rutgers University—MagiCal

Disney–IFTSA Product Development Competition, sponsored by Disney Consumer Products:

  • Grand prize: University of Massachusetts, Amherst—Elsa’s Oat Flurries
    Elsa’s Oat Flurries are a combination of frozen Greek yogurt, fruit puree, and whole grain oats.
  • 1st place: Penn State University—Rey’s Rations Jakku Juice Orb
  • Honorary Mentions: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo—BB-8 bites
    Rutgers University—BB8 Light Bites
    University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez—Droidsicles

Undergraduate Research Paper Competition:

  • 1st place: Samantha Van Wees
  • 2nd place: Genevieve Sullivan
  • 3rd place: Menghan Shi

IFTSA Thesis Video Competition, sponsored by Campden BRI:

  • Amadeus “Ando” Ahnan, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Excellence in Leadership award:

  • Graduate recipient: John Frelka, Ohio State University
  • Undergraduate recipient: Morgan Von Staden, Mississippi State University

Chapter of the Year:

  • Chapter of the Year—University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Outstanding Chapter in Public Outreach: University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Outstanding Chapter in Membership Experience: McGill University
  • Outstanding Chapter in Organizational Growth: the University of California – Davis
  • Outstanding Chapter in National Engagement: California State Polytechnic University – Pomona

College Bowl, sponsored by the Nestle Purina Petcare Company:

  • First place: University of California, Davis
  • Runner up: Purdue University

Thanks again to all of our sponsors!

What’s on the Agenda for Students at IFT16?

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Student activities The IFT annual event is always a major learning opportunity, and for student members, that can be particularly true thanks to a long list of competitions, social events, and educational options. There’s even a special spot for students who are looking for a place to relax, meet up with peers, or pick up some Official Food Geek swag. It’s the IFT Student Association (IFTSA) Lounge in room S404a at McCormick Place. The Student Lounge will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 17; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 18; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.

  • First-Timers Session. Students who are attending the annual event for the first time will definitely want to stop by this session for some tips on making the most of the IFT16 experience. This session begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in the student lounge.
  • Chapter Leaders Workshops. Advice for leading a successful food science club will be available in a series of three chapter leaders workshops. Advance registration is required for the workshops, which are scheduled for 4:15–5:45 p.m. Saturday, July 16; 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday, July 18; and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.
  • Excellence in Leadership Award. This award will be presented to two student members, one undergraduate and one graduate student, each of whom has demonstrated exemplary leadership in support of IFT’s mission, during the Awards Ceremony that takes place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, in the S100 ballroom of McCormick Place.
  • IFTSA Mixer. The energy is always high, and the atmosphere fun-filled at this annual social event, which is scheduled for 5:30–7 p.m. Monday, July 18, in the Red Lacquer room at the Palmer House Hilton. The IFTSA Mixer is sponsored by PepsiCo.
  • IFTSA Closing Ceremony. Taking place immediately after the mixer, the closing ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 18, in the Grand Ballroom of the Palmer House Hilton. The closing ceremony agenda is a full one; student competition winners will be announced, the championship rounds of the College Bowl Competition will be held, and IFTSA leadership will be introduced.
  • IFTSA Networking Party. Students are invited to keep the socializing and networking going as the busy schedule of Monday, July 18, draws to a close. The IFTSA Networking Party will take place from 10 p.m. to midnight at Fado Irish Pub, 100 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. This event is open to those 21 and older.

A full slate of student competitions are planned for IFT16, including the following.

  • Division Poster Competition. Winners of the annual division poster competition will be recognized in the Phi Tau Sigma (ΦΤΣ) and IFT Division Poster Competition Awards Ceremony that begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in McCormick Place.
  • Undergraduate Research Competition. Six finalists will compete for first, second, and third place recognition in Chicago, sharing oral and poster presentations that describe their original research projects. The six students who have made it to the final rounds of the competition are Adam Castillo from Texas Tech University, Jorge Franco from Texas Tech University, Sara Scinto from Ohio Wesleyan University, Menghan Shi from Ohio State University, Genevieve Sullivan from Cornell University, and Samantha Van Wees from Cornell University.
  • College Bowl Competition. The competition is always fierce but friendly in this annual team rivalry, which tests participants on their knowledge of food science and technology, the history of food and food processing, food law, and general IFT and food-related trivia. Eight finalist teams, chosen in regional competitions around the country, will be challenged in multiple rounds of double elimination competition until a winner emerges. The final match-up phase of the competition will take place during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony. The 2016 finalists and the regions they represent are as follows: North Carolina State University, Central Atlantic; Purdue University, Midwest; Cornell University, North Atlantic; University of Wisconsin–Madison, North Central; University of California, Davis, Pacific Northwest; California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Pacific Southwest; Texas A&M University, South Central; and Mississippi State University, Southeast. The College Bowl Competition is sponsored by Nestlé Purina and NP Analytical Laboratories.
  • Chapter of the Year Competition. Four university student organizations will compete for 2016 Chapter of the Year recognition, which acknowledges one student organization for exceptional participation, strong leadership, community outreach, and providing opportunities for all of its members to use their talents. The finalists include California Polytechnic State University Pomona, the University of California, Davis, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Other competitions, which are detailed in separate IFT16 News articles, include the Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition, the Disney—IFTSA Product Development Competition, the IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition, and the IFTSA Thesis Video Competition.

2015 IFTSA Student Competition Winners

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Congratulations to all the IFT Student Association 2015 Competition Winners! And thanks to all the finalist teams that participated.

Product Development Competition, sponsored by Mars Chocolate North America:

  • 1st place: McGill University—TiraVerde
    Inspired by classic tiramisu, TiraVerde is a green, satisfying rendition that is packed with avocados. This decadent, healthy snack is a convenient pick-me-up with added protein and fiber.
  • 2nd place: Michigan State University—Souperbowl
  • 3rd place: Pennsylvania State University— Happy Valley-oli

Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition:


  • 1st place: McGill University— Falamus Instant Mix
    Falamus Instant Mix
    is a nutrient dense flour used to instantly prepare hummus or falafels, and intends to alleviate malnutrition in Syrian refugee camps.
  • 2nd place: University of Wisconsin, Madison—Nu Stew
  • 3rd place: University of Massachusetts—Meal-malade


  • 1st place: University of Costa Rica—Cricketa
    Cricketa is a cookie snack with cricket flour and sweet potato puree; source of protein, iron, and vitamin A for Costa Rican children.
  • 2nd place: University of Costa Rica—Molibannann
  • 3rd place: Universiti Putra Malaysia—Coco-Wormy

IFTSADisney–IFTSA Product Development Competition, sponsored by Disney Consumer Products:

  • Grand prize: Cal Poly—Build A Snowman Kit
  • 1st place: University of Georgia—Snow Snacks

Global Student Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Tate & Lyle

  • 1st place: Hanyu Yangcheng (Iowa State University)—KIK-Food Stabilizer System
    A blend of natural hydrocolloids that add to the body, provides stability, improves mouthfeel, and enhances sweetness for low-fat dairy desserts
  • 2nd place: Shintaro Pang (University of Massachusetts Amherst)—ChiaTek
  • 3rd place: Ryan Murphy (Purdue University)—InGluTech

Chapter of the Year:

  • Chapter of the Year—University of Wisconsin, Madison

Undergraduate Research Paper Competition:

  • 1st place: Daniel Finkenaur (Louisiana State University)—“A development of lyophilized alginate microcapsules coated with egg white protein for enhancing viability of Lactobacillus reuteri
  • 2nd place: Elvira Sukamtoh (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • 3rd place: Meredith Kuchera (Washington State University)

Excellence in Leadership:

  • Graduate: Suzy Hammons (Purdue University)
  • Undergraduate: Sarah Tensa (Oregon State University)

College Bowl winner: North Carolina State University

Thanks again to all of our sponsors!

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