Competitions & Awards

Challenge your knowledge, make new friendships, and have fun with IFT Student Association (IFTSA) product development and research competitions. Get experience developing new products, present your research, and show off your food science knowledge. Don’t miss out!

2020 Competition Winners and Finalists

We are proud to announce the winners and finalists for our product development and research competitions, as well as for the Excellence in Leadership Award. Check respective competition pages for details.

2020–2021 Competition Guidelines

Looking for information on this year’s competitions? Information for the following competitions are now available on the respective competition detail page.

  • Chapter of the Year
  • Excellence in Leadership Award
  • Graduate Research Video Competition
  • IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition
  • Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition
  • Undergraduate Research Competition

Details for College Bowl and the Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Product Development Competition will be available later this year.


Chapter of the Year

Excellence in Leadership Award


College Bowl

College Bowl
Sponsored by Nestle Purina

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we were unable to hold the 2020 College Bowl competition.


Product Development Competitions

31st Annual IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition
Sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery

IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition

Smart Snacks for Kids

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Research Competitions

Graduate Research Video Competition
Sponsored by Campden BRI

Undergraduate Research Competition

JFSE Food Science in Action Contest


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