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Student Opportunities Offered by SCIFTS

SCIFTS and IFT offer opportunities to students in the local area. Jill Golden, Student Affairs Chair, along with Erin Vaughan and Suraj Meharwade, your Student Representatives have created this video explaining the many opportunities for students through SCIFTS and IFT. Please share this short video with at Food Science Club meetings.

To view the video, please click here.

Student Club Funding

Food Science Clubs are eligible for $500 each year to use for any of the following:

  1. Speakers, including their travel and lodging and other expenses including room reservations and audio visual equipment
  2. Banners or table drapes
  3. Posters or flyers advertising club events
  4. Clothes such as club hats or shirts
  5. Other similar items
  6. Funds may not be used for food

In order to receive your funding, you must submit in writing a proposal to the Section Chair. Include in the proposal the name of your college, club name, contact information including phone and mailing address, and a short paragraph describing how you will use the funds along with an estimate of what it will cost.

The funding request must be received by the section chair at least one week ahead of the meeting. A representative of the club must attend the board meeting and present your proposal to the Board. If you received funds in the past, please include a short description of how you used the money. Apply early in the year so you can use your funds. Contact your Student Representative if you have questions.

Student IFT Virtual Meeting Grants

IFT Virtual Meeting grants are available from SCIFTS to attend the 2020 IFT Virtual Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago, IL, in mid-July. Grants pay for registration to the virtual event.

The grants recipients will be announced at the May meeting.

Click here to download the IFT Virtual Meeting Information.

Phil Bates Scholarship Awards

SCIFTS will be offering scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. The awards will provide financial assistance to High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students who are attending or planning to attend a college or university in SCIFTS geographical area (Southern California) majoring in Food Science.

Click here to download the Scholarship Information

Wayne Bidlack Scholarship Award

SCIFTS will be offering the Wayne Bidlack scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. The award will provide financial assistance to a Graduate Student currently attending Cal Poly Pomona. A $2,000 grant will be awarded to a qualified student who is currently working toward a graduate degree in Nutrition & Food Science.

Click here to download the Wayne Bidlack Scholarship Information

Education and Research Grants

SCIFTS Education and Research Grants are available to educational research institutions that advance food science, nutrition and closely related technologies within the SCIFTS' geographical area. Funding proposals will be evaluated on the potential contribution to further the knowledge in the fields of food science and nutrition, and on the potential contribution to develop students as competent scientific investigators or educators in these disciplines. The emphasis is to enhance programs that will benefit a large segment of the student population.

Below are the Education and Research Grants awarded in May, 2019.

Chapman University Dr. John Miklavcic $21,964.78 toward the purchase of a NanoSight NS300 and NTA software package to characterize extracellular vesicles in dairy products.
Cal Poly Pomoa Dr. Gabriel Davidov-Pardo $28,170.00 for the purchase of a Dynamic Light Scattering Particle Analyzer to characterize colloidal systems for rational design of nanometric delivery systems applied to avocados to extend the shelf life.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Dr. Luis Castro $24,031.00 for the purchase of density and turbidity meters to analyze malt polyphenol profiles on bitterness, haze formation, and fermentation performance in beer.
San Diego State University Dr. Changqi Liu $14,006.00 for the purchase of a spectrophotometer and software needed for color measurement and monitoring inhibition of enzymatic browning during protein isolation from mealworm.


July 12-15, 2020

Virtural Event
Chicago, IL

September 16, 2020

Dinner Meeting
Monterey Park

October 21, 2020

Dinner Meeting

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