IFTSA Competition and Awards Finalists to Compete at IFT FIRST 2023

IFTSA Competition and Awards Finalists to Compete at IFT FIRST 2023

We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the IFT Student Association competition and awards. This year’s competition brought brightest and most talented students in the science of food.

The following finalists have been selected by a panel of volunteer judges who are members of IFT. They will compete in-person at IFT FIRST in Chicago, July 17-18, and the winners will be announced at our IFTSA Closing Ceremony on Tuesday, July 18 at McCormick Place, S100.

Good luck to all teams and individuals!


Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Product Development Competition

GreenAmbrosia – Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey

Mangoco – Cornell University

Newbies – Bogor Agricultural University

PATH – Montana State University

RAPINE – University of Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Jawa Timur

Upteamis – Bogor Agricultural University


IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition

Baolite – University of California, Davis

CaféNana – Cornell University

CocoPro – University of Georgia

Churroats – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rebel Bites – University of Florida

Veggie-Go – Michigan State University


Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition Finalists

Critter Cracker – Texas A&M University

Fruity Fritters – University of Wisconsin, Madison

Hungry Monsters – McGill University

Jungle Clusters – California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

PumpYam – University of California, Davis

SunBuddies – Oregon State University


College Bowl Competition Finalists

Central Atlantic – University of Delaware

Midwest – The Ohio State University

North Atlantic – University of Massachusetts Amherst

North Central – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pacific Southwest – California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

Pacific Northwest – Brigham Young University

South Central – Texas A&M University

Southeast – Clemson University


Graduate Research Video Competition Finalists

Annegret Jannasch – University of Arkansas

Audrey Lidgard – Utah State University

Jenna Fryer – Oregon State University


Undergraduate Research Competition Finalists

Adam Forbes – University of Massachusetts Amherst

Stacey Lau – California State University, Los Angeles

Ariel Chih Chuen Law – University of Arizona

Cameron Christopher Rich – The Ohio State University

Ian Blaise Smith – Clemson University

Sage Taylor – Oregon State University


Excellence in Leadership Award Winners

Anto Charles – North Dakota State University

Wanxin (Maggie) Xue – University of Guelph


Are you attending this year’s IFT FIRST? We invite you to attend IFTSA FIRST: Know Before You Go, a virtual event designed specifically for students like yourself to gain valuable insights to make the most out of your IFT FIRST experience.


Science Meets Food

The IFT Student Association (IFTSA) is a forward-looking, student-governed community of IFT members. Through competitions, scholarships, networking, and leadership opportunities, you’ll set yourself apart from your classmates (unless they’re members too).


  1. I was delighted to come across your article highlighting the finalists of the IFTSA (Institute of Food Technologists Student Association) competition. It’s inspiring to see the incredible talent and innovation demonstrated by these young food science enthusiasts. The IFTSA competition provides a platform for them to showcase their skills and make a meaningful impact on the future of the food industry.

    The diversity of projects presented by the finalists is truly impressive. From exploring sustainable packaging solutions to developing novel food products and addressing food waste, these students are tackling important challenges and pushing the boundaries of food science. Their dedication to finding practical and sustainable solutions is commendable.

    I appreciate how your article shines a spotlight on each finalist and provides a brief overview of their innovative projects. It’s fascinating to see the breadth of research and development undertaken by these aspiring food scientists. Their passion for making a positive impact on the food industry is evident in their projects.

    Furthermore, IFTSA’s recognition and support of these young food scientists through this competition is invaluable. By providing a platform for students to showcase their work and gain recognition, IFTSA is fostering the next generation of leaders and innovators in the food science field. It’s encouraging to see organizations like IFTSA nurturing and celebrating the talent and ideas of students.

    Thank you for sharing the stories and accomplishments of the IFTSA competition finalists. By highlighting their work, you not only inspire others in the food science community but also raise awareness of the important role that food science plays in shaping the future of the food industry. I look forward to following the progress of these students and witnessing the impact they will undoubtedly make in the field.

    Best wishes to all the IFTSA competition finalists, and thank you to Science Meets Food for your dedication to promoting and celebrating innovation in food science.

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