Activities for Students

As future leaders of IFT and the food science and technology professions, the undergraduate and graduate students of the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) are an active and important part of every Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

Don’t miss the numerous activities offered at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo by the IFT Student Association.

Student Lounge

This year at the Annual Meeting & Food Expo, students are encouraged to visit the student lounge (room 278 – 279) to meet fellow students, attend sessions on such topics like upcoming changes to IFTSA Competitions, the Chapter Leaders Workshop, and more! Be on the lookout for more information soon. 

Chapter Leaders Workshop

Are you an incoming chapter president for your food science club? Don’t forget to attend the 3 workshops taking place at the Annual Meeting where you’ll hear from IFT & IFTSA leaders and learn exciting new leadership techniques! Be sure to submit your information and RSVP to IFTSA by June 1 by clicking here.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, June 21     4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 22       10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24      8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Student Association Community

Are you an IFT Student member? Join the conversation online with fellow students today! 

Student Competitions/Events

IFT Student Association Competitions provide student members of IFT the unique opportunity to compete, individually or on teams. Most of the competition finals take place at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

Saturday, June 21
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Division Poster Competitions (URC Poster Judging)

1:00  2:45 p.m.
Phi Tau Sigma & IFT Division Competition Awards Ceremony 3:00 4:30 p.m.
Chapter Leaders Workshop 4:00 5:30 p.m.
Awards Celebration 5:30 6:45 p.m.
Welcome Reception 6:45 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, June 22
Sunrise Session 7:15 8:15 a.m.
Opening General Session 8:45 10:15 a.m.
Chapter Leaders Workshop 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Scientific Sessions 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
IFTSA & Mars PDC Oral Competition 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
Poster Sessions 12:00 2:00 p.m.
Career Center Career Fair Networking Events 12:00 5:00 p.m.
IFT Food Expo 12:00 5:00 p.m.
Scientific Sessions 1:30 3:00 p.m.
Disney - Product Development Competition Tasting Session (CLOSED) 2:00 5:30 p.m.
Poster Sessions (IFTSA & Mars PDC Poster Session) 3:00 5:00 p.m.
Incoming Area Representatives Workshop 3:30 5:00 p.m.
Beacon Lecture 4:00 4:45 p.m.
Disney - Product Development Competition Reception (Invite Only) 5:30 7:00 p.m.
IFTSA Party – Barcadia (601 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130) 8:00 10:00 p.m.
Monday, June 23
IFTSA & Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run & Walk 6:15
7:15 a.m.
Scientific Sessions 8:30
10:00 a.m.
Career Center Formal Interviews 8:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Research Competition Finals 9:00 10:15 a.m.
Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition 10:30 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
College Bowl Judges and Moderator Meeting (CLOSED) 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
IFT Food Expo 10:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m.
Scientific Sessions 10:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Poster Sessions 11:00 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
College Bowl Preliminary Rounds (CLOSED) 12:00 2:00 p.m.
IFTSA & Mars PDC Tasting Session (CLOSED) 12:30 2:30 p.m.
Scientific Sessions 1:30 3:00 p.m.
Disney - IFTSA Product Development Competition 3:00 5:00 p.m.
Poster Sessions 2:30 5:00 p.m.
Beacon Lecture 4:00 4:45 p.m.
IFTSA Mixer 5:30 7:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremony & 29th Annual College Bowl Competition 7:00 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24
Sunrise Sessions 7:15 8:15 a.m.
Scientific Sessions 8:30 10:00 a.m.
Chapter Leaders Workshop 8:00 10:00 a.m.
Competition Chair Training 8:30 10:00 a.m.
Poster Sessions 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
IFT Food Expo 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Scientific Sessions 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
IFTSA Board Orientation 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Scientific Sessions 1:15 2:45 p.m.
IFTSA Board Meeting 1:30 4:30 p.m.
IFTSA Competition Winner Video Showcase TBD  
Poster Sessions 1:30 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 25
 IFT Cares! Philanthropic Activity (TENTATIVE) 7:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

The IFTSA would like to acknowledge our 2014 sponsors:

Chicago section glanbia
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Nestle Gerber