Undergraduate Research Competition

Designed to showcase outstanding research at the undergraduate level, this competition seeks students engaged in independent research who are interested in presenting at the IFT Annual Event. Finalists will have the opportunity to network with industry and academic members. 

2019 Winners

Undergraduate Competition winners

Congratulations to Sarah Caballero from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona for Comparison of Plant and Animal-Origin Proteins for the Impact of Maillard Conjugation on Nanoemulsion Formation and Stability. Pictured with Caballero is competition judge Bradley Bolling of the University of Wisconsin

Undergraduate Competition winners

Congratulations to Sarah Caballero from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona for Comparison of Plant and Animal-Origin Proteins for the Impact of Maillard Conjugation on Nanoemulsion Formation and Stability. Pictured with Caballero is competition judge Bradley Bolling of the University of Wisconsin

  • First Place: Sarah Caballero, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
    Comparison of Plant and Animal-Origin Proteins for the Impact of Maillard Conjugation on Nanoemulsion Formation and Stability
  • Second Place: Kuanrong Zhu, The Ohio State University
    Fingerprinting maple syrup by vibrational spectroscopy and pattern recognition
  • Third Place: Nicholas Pham, University of Missouri
    Effect of NaCl on emulsification properties of heated whey protein isolate and pectin soluble complexes at pI \ 

2020 Finalists

  • Noah A. Doshna, Cornell University
  • Paola María Gamboa Moreno, Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Chenge Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kelly Pan, The Ohio State University
  • Viral Shukla, California Polytechnic State University
  • María Fernanda Azofeifa Zumbado, University of Costa Rica
     

Awards

All finalists will be awarded a $500 travel stipend to attend the IFT Annual Event. Finalists are required to attend the IFT Annual Event in order to be eligible for the travel award. A certificate will be presented to each finalist, as well as the first, second, and third place awards during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony. Prize money will be delivered to the winners by mail following the IFT Annual Event.

  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $750
  • Third Place: $500
      

Eligibility

Any student member of IFT, as of March 15, 2020, who is an undergraduate student or someone who graduated after July 1, 2019, is eligible to compete. Work must have been done individually as an undergraduate. For complete details, consult the Rules and Regulations document for this competition.
  

Application and Deadlines

For complete rules and application, please see the Undergraduate Research Competition Guidelines below.

Competition Guidelines (PDF)

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Sample Verification Letter

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Competition Chair

Yigi Mitchie Zhao, National University of Singapore