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Student Opportunities Offered by SCIFTS

SCIFTS and IFT offer opportunities to students in the local area. Jill Golden, Student Affairs Chair, along with Erin Vaughan and Suraj Meharwade, your Student Representatives have created this video explaining the many opportunities for students through SCIFTS and IFT. Please share this short video with at Food Science Club meetings.

To view the video, please click here.

Student Club Funding

Food Science Clubs are eligible for $500 each year to use for any of the following:

  1. Speakers, including their travel and lodging and other expenses including room reservations and audio visual equipment
  2. Banners or table drapes
  3. Posters or flyers advertising club events
  4. Clothes such as club hats or shirts
  5. Other similar items
  6. Funds may not be used for food

In order to receive your funding, you must submit in writing a proposal to the Section Chair. Include in the proposal the name of your college, club name, contact information including phone and mailing address, and a short paragraph describing how you will use the funds along with an estimate of what it will cost.

The funding request must be received by the section chair at least one week ahead of the meeting. A representative of the club must attend the board meeting and present your proposal to the Board. If you received funds in the past, please include a short description of how you used the money. Apply early in the year so you can use your funds. Contact your Student Representative if you have questions.

Phil Bates Scholarship Awards

SCIFTS will be offering scholarships for the 2021-2022 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.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021. No extensions beyond this date will be offered.

Click here to download the Phil Bates Scholarship requirements.

Wayne Bidlack Scholarship Award

SCIFTS will be offering the Wayne Bidlack scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The award will provide financial assistance to a Graduate Student currently attending Cal Poly Pomona. A $2,000 grant will be awarded to a qualified student who is currently working toward a graduate degree in Nutrition & Food Science.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021. No extensions beyond this date will be offered.

Click here to download the Wayne Bidlack Scholarship requirements.

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.

Click here to download the 2021 Education and Research Grants Application

Below are the Education and Research Grants awarded in May, 2020.

Cal Poly Pomona Dr. Xu Yang $28,187.00 for the purchase of the Echo Revolve Fluorescent Microscope to enumerate the viruses and bacteria within the water samples.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Dr. Samir Amin $16,983.00 for the purchase of the Refrigerated Centrifuge for carotenoid separation in carrot processing waste for teaching and research.

Chapman University Dr. Anuradha Prakash $32,472.00 for the purchase of an APV 15 MR-8TA Homogenizer to determine the impact of processing on extracellular vesicles in bovine milk.
Chapman University Dr. Rosalee Hellberg $8,139.00 for the purchase of the Eppendorf Mastercycler Nexus Gradient and Supplemental Lab Supplies for use in food safety and food fraud testing.


May 19, 2021

Hybrid Zoom In-person Meeting
Holiday Inn, Buena Park

July 18-21, 2021


August 23, 2021

SCIFTS Suppliers Expo
Anaheim Convention Center Marriott

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