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Student Club Funding

SCIFTS offers funding for Food Science Clubs. There are many activities that qualify for funding. The Club members need to plan the program(s) and schedule speakers. Clubs may come to SCIFTS for funding to offset the expenses of the speaker (travel, lodging, plus), room fees, audio visual equipment, etc. for the program. Or the funding could be used to offset expenses for a team to compete in the Western Regional IFT College Bowl.

The request must be made in person at a SCIFTS Executive Committee Meeting (which happens before almost every SCIFTS Dinner Meeting) and needs to be presented in a brief, written format, providing information you have already outlined. The student club needs to plan far enough in advance to get to a SCIFTS Executive Committee Meeting (meetings are not every month) prior to the event to request funding.

Phil Bates Scholarship Awards

SCIFTS will be offering scholarships for the 2017-2018 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

Student Travel Grants

Travel grants are available from SCIFTS to attend the 2017 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Las Vegas, NV, June 25-29. Grants pay for travel and hotel expenses, up to $500/student. Meals are not reimbursed.

The Twenty Four (24) grants recipients will be announced at the May, 2017 meeting.

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, 2016.

Chapman University Dr. Rosalee Helberg $10,843.00 for purchase of 3M Molecular Detection instrument for use in teaching and research in detecting foodborne pathogens and food authentication.
Chapman University Dr. Anu Prakash $6,500.00 for acquisition of Harvest Right Freeze Dryer for teaching and research.

Cal Poly Pomona Dr. Yao Olive Li $14,011.00 for acquisition of a laboratory rheometer for extrusion scale-up and proof of concept determination.
Cal Poly SLO Dr. Amanda Lathrop $17,068.00 (partial) for purchase of Hammer mill to assist in research in cider fermentation.
Cal State L.A. Dr. Sunil Mangalassary $6,873.00 for Omni Mixer Homongenizer for research in antimicrobial packaging solutions.
Cal Poly Pomona Dr. Gabriel Davidov-Pardo $21,486.00 for Lab Scale Microfluidizer for research in food nanotechnology.


May 17, 2017

Dinner Meeting
Quiet Cannon

June 12, 2017

SCIFTS/SCC Golf/Tennis Tournament
Meadowlark Golf Club
Huntington Beach

June 25-18, 2017

Sands Expo Center
Las Vegas

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