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 IFT15.

Don’t miss the numerous activities offered at IFT15 by the IFT Student Association.

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Chapter Leaders Workshop 

Are you an incoming chapter president for your food science club? Don’t forget to attend the workshops taking place at IFT15 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, July 11     4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, July 13       10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 14      10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.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 IFT15. The following are the events, by competition:

College Bowl Competition

Sponsored by: Nestle Gerber and Nestle Purina
Preliminary Rounds (Closed Session): Monday, July 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
College Bowl Finals (minus last 2–3 rounds): Monday, July 13,  from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
College Bowl Final Match-up @ IFTSA Closing Ceremony: Monday, July 13, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition

Oral Presentations: Sunday, July 12, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Q&A Round Table: Sunday, July 12, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Disney - IFTSA Product Development Competition

Sponsored by: Disney Consumer Products
Tasting Session (Closed Session): Sunday, July 12, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Finalists Reception (Invite Only): Sunday, July 12, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Oral Presentation: Monday, July 13, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Excellence in Leadership Award

Recognition of Recipients @ the IFT Awards Ceremony: Saturday, July 11, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

IFT Global Student Innovation Challenge

Sponsored by: Tate & Lyle
Oral Presentation: Sunday, June 12, from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition

Sponsored by: MARS Chocolate North America
Oral Presentation: Sunday, July 12, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Poster Sessions: Sunday, July 12, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tasting Session (Closed Session): Monday, July 13, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Competition

Poster Judging: Saturday, July 11, from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Oral Presentation: Monday, July 13, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Networking/Social Events

The IFT Student Association provides the opportunity to socialize and network with peers during the annual event. The following events take place during IFT15. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Lounge for further networking opportunities.

IFTSA Mixer: Monday, July 13, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: PepsiCo
IFTSA Networking Party: Monday, July 13, from 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. 
IFTSA Closing Ceremony: Monday, July 13, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Announcement of all competition winners including the final two to three rounds of the College Bowl Competition will take place during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.


The IFTSA would like to acknowledge our 2015 sponsors:

Chicago section glanbia nestle
Tate & Lyle logo PapsiCo Logo