Do you love Food Science?!

Are you willing to share that enthusiasm with others?

We are looking for student and professional volunteers to host the Great Lakes IFT booth at the Michigan Science Olympiad, to answer questions from middle and high school students and parents regarding careers in Food Science!

The event will be held at the Michigan State University Campus on April 27th, starting at 2:30pm. If you’re interested in participating for a shift, please contact Andrea Kirk prior to April 19th!

2019 Scholarship Contest Now Open!

Attention Students: Do you need financial support for your food science education?

The GLSIFT 2019 Scholarship applications will be accepted until February 4th. A total of 6 $1000 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students studying food science. Check out the “Students” tab on our website for more information and apply today!

Call for Nominations!

It’s that time of year again! With the new year upon us, we are seeking nominations for officers during 2018-2019. Currently, nominations are being accepted for the positions of Chair Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Member at Large.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact current Chair, Scott Peterson.

GLSIFT 2018 Scholarship Competition now open!

Calling all students!

The GLSIFT 2018 Scholarship applications will be accepted until February 5th. A total of 6 $1000 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students studying food science. Check out the “Students” tab on our website for more information and apply today!

2017 Scholarship Winners Announced!

Thank you to our GLSIFT members for the outstanding turnout on March 29th, 2017 in support of our student members and their fine accomplishments. We had 54 people in attendance at the Kellogg Conference Center on the MSU campus for our annual student recognition night!

Following a delicious meal and a brief section update, representatives from the MSU Food Science Club spoke about their many activities during the past year, including the fact that the two MSU product development teams which had submitted entries to the M&M Mars and Disney competitions had been selected for participation in the final round of competition at the national IFT meeting being held in Las Vegas later this year. The MSU team is no stranger to making the final round of competition, but this is the first year that both teams are going in the same year!

Attendees were then treated to an overview of the latest consumer food trends presented by guest speaker Dr. A. Elizabeth Sloan, consumer trends columnist for “Food Technology”, current president of Sloan Trends, Inc., past Editor-in-Chief of “McCall’s Magazine” and “Cereal Foods World”, and past Director of the “Good Housekeeping Institute”.   Needless to say, Dr. Sloan provided the group with an enlightening overview of what consumers are currently seeking and what it appears they may be seeking in the years to come.

Finally, our section was proud to present 5 outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, representing the food science departments of both Michigan State University and Wayne State University, with six $1000 scholarships, based upon a set of rigorous selection criteria. The honorees were as follows:

  1. Ph.D. Achievement Scholarship— Edward Szczygiel
  2. Master of Science Achievement Scholarship—Elizabeth Brock
  3. Great Lakes Section Active Student Member—Elizabeth Brock
  4. Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship—Julianna Joseph
  5. Clifford L Bedford Scholarship—Lauren Tamm
  6. Great Lakes Section Diversity Scholarship— Liyanage Nirasha Perera

2017 Scholarship Winners

Left to right: Scott Peterson (GLSIFT Chair), Liyanage Nirasha Perera, Elizabeth Brock, Lauren Tamm, Julianna Joseph, Edward Szczygiel

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Call for Volunteers!

Please join in volunteering to help out at the Science Olympiad at Michigan State University on April 30, 2016. Morning or afternoon slots are available. Check out the link in our “Events” section for more information!

February New Professionals Event – The Great Escape Room, Grand Rapids

The day was Thursday, February 25th. The setting: a cold dark night in an ominous edifice full of twists and turns that all but created a labyrinth – the first of many trials our protagonists would face. The agency, decorated to resemble the days of old, foreshadowed the challenges that would be encountered: puzzles, secret codes, and strategy games strewn in every corner, strategically placed for all partakers to see. Then, one by one, all were led into a room. Once inside and bursting with anticipation, our heroes watched in horror as a padlock secured the only exit in the room. Then, suddenly, the voice of none other than Sherlock Holmes himself stipulated the rubrics of the game. Armed with nothing but their bravery and their wits, the saga began. Numerous puzzles, cyphers and secret hiding spots were all decoded: our protagonists were victorious, defeating the odds and regaining their freedom, hungry to prove themselves once more.

Great Escape Room

Madison Rial, Lyndsey Huss, Cynthia Lopez-Pena, Tony Huesman and Adrienne Roach found their way out of The Great Escape Room in Grand Rapids!

Student Recognition Night 2015

On Tuesday, March 27th, 2015, the Great Lakes Section of IFT held its monthly meeting/annual student recognition dinner in Lansing, MI at the Old Towne Marquee Event Center.  Thirty four of our members gathered to recognize the accomplishments of 6 outstanding food science students.

The evening started for some with a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the MSU Cyclotron, followed up by a social hour at Old Marquee and a delicious dinner catered by Morton’s Fine Catering.

After the meal, some socializing and a chapter activities update, attendees were treated to an insightful and entertaining presentation about the value and importance of “Networking….Not Just For Job Seekers” by John Mossman, Principle Partner at M.K. and Associates. John emphasized the many benefits of maintaining face-to-face and verbal relationships with our industry contacts, as well as the need in this day and age for always keeping your online “profiles” (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) both current and positive.  And he reminded us that while the convenience of email and texting is great, these technology tools should not be looked at as replacements for “good ole conversation” and personal interactions.   This message most certainly had relevance for our many student attendees, as well as seasoned professionals.  We want to thank John for his presentation and thank the scholarship committee for their commitment to selecting the most deserving students for this year’s scholarships.

The GLSIFT scholarship winners for 2015 were as follows:

  • Undergraduate Achievement Award – Kelly McClelland
  • Clifford L Bedford Memorial Scholarship –Claire Fuelling
  • D. Achievement Scholarship –Yan Wu
  • Great Lakes Diversity Scholarship –Abraham Arce
  • Great Lakes Section Active Member Scholarship – Erin Hand
  • Master of Science Achievement Scholarship –Vasiana Tomco
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    2015 Scholarship Winners

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Great Lakes IFT Supplier’s Day

The Great Lakes IFT Supplier/s Day was held on April 30, 2014. This year’s theme was “Beach Party” and this group sure did make some waves! Over 140 suppliers manned booths to provide food industry professionals with insights into the capabilities of their companies.

The winner of the 2014 Best Decorated Booth was Givaudan.

Congratulations also go out to the Online Vendor Registration Winners, Nutegrity and Sargento.

Following the Supplier’s Day event, the annual Wine Dinner was held at the Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort in Agusta. The Yarrow chefs created an outstanding menu showcasing their extensive knowledge of food and wine pairings. The Beach Party theme was continued from earlier in the day and can be seen in the fun-filled decor of the Yarrow Resort!





Click here to view the Supplier’s Day Program.

March Dinner Meeting and Student Recognition Event

On March 27, GLS IFT members met in Lansing to toast student scholarship recipients. Additionally, the group was honored to have IFT President Janet Collins as a guest speaker. For those who were unable to attend, President Collins’ presentation is available for viewing here!

IFT Great Lakes Section March 2014 part I

IFT Great Lakes Section March 2014 part II