How to get started as a student in SHIFT20

By: Marta Albiol Tapia

Is this your first online conference and you are feeling a little lost? Are you a student wanting to support and meet other students in this virtual event? Here are five tips to get started as a student in SHIFT20!

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  1. Support Students by Attending the Grad Student Oral Competition for your Division (find them under the ‘Social Events’ tab!)

Competition Events include Speed Networking and/or Virtual Socials.

Monday Competitions and Socials

Tuesday Competitions and Socials

Wednesday Competitions and Socials

You may also be interested in the LGBTQ+ Social on Wed July 15th 6:00 – 7:00pm CST.


  1. Check out the Poster Sessions

Students have worked hard all year to create their posters, so make sure to watch and follow your favorites! Filter by division or by competition finalists. The “search label test” option is helpful if you want to search by keyword, or to find posters from a specific institution!

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  1. Visit the IFTSA Lounge (find it under the ‘Rooms’ tab)

In this room, you will find information about:

… and many more!


  1. Check out the Scientific Sessions and Watch a Few Presentations!

Here are some suggestions that may be interesting to you:

To explore more topics, make sure to check all the tabs including Food Safety & Security, Sustainability, Innovation, and more!

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  1. Attend some Featured Sessions

Find more Featured Sessions here!


And most importantly, ENJOY SHIFT20!


P.S. Don’t forget to check us out on social media: Instagram (@iftstudent) and Facebook (IFTSA), and to explore IFT COVID-19 Resources and Information.

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SMF Blog Manager

Marta obtained her B.S. in Food Science and Technology from Universitat Politècnica de València, in Spain. During her undergraduate studies, she spent two semesters abroad in Wageningen Universiteit in The Netherlands, and one semester at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she is now a Ph.D. student. Her research focuses on sensory science methodology, specifically on context effect of environmental and sample differences in consumer testing of beverages. Marta has a passion for food science and nutrition education and she will often make time to work on educational projects, professional volunteering and field trips. In her free time, you will find her watching YouTube videos. In extended periods of free time, you will most likely find her in Spain.

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).

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