Food Science Summer Scholars Program 2021

Recruiting Top Students From Across the Country

NCSU’s Summer Scholars program recruits top students from across the country to develop their skills in food science research, education and outreach. The scholar experience balances collaborative project work with a faculty mentor and lab group and a variety of career development opportunities, like workshops, field trips, guest speakers, and more.Summer Scholars Slingshot Coffee

Acceptance into the program includes a stipend, on-campus housing, and a paid trip to the annual meeting for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) or the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).

COVID-19 Precautions

This program has historically been held on NC State’s campus, and we hope to continue the tradition this summer by following CDC and NC State University guidelines. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, our contingency plan is to postpone the program to 2022. Scholars will be notified as soon as any decisions are made.

Learning Benefit for Scholars

Food Science Research Track

Scholars complete lab-based projects that contribute to the advancement of food science in a variety of concentrations. This track is aimed at preparing students for graduate school or careers in research.

Students will:

  1. Hone laboratory skills
  2. Develop team building competencies with other students and full-time researchers
  3. Gain presentation experience at an undergraduate research symposium

Field trips to local processors and other research facilities enhance the student experience and introduce them to the food industry. Students in this track receive funding to attend the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting and food expo in July. There are three positions available for this track.

Learn about the 2020 research projects.

Food Science Education and Extension Track

This track aims to fill an urgent need for food safety professionals who can effectively teach, train, and influence behaviors across the food supply chain.

Students develop their abilities to:

  1. Design, deliver, and evaluate instructional materials, which may include virtual reality, animations, and other online activities
  2. Implement the learning activities into existing education and extension curricula
  3. Increase their critical thinking skills and interests in food science education and extension careers

Experiential learning activities include projects, field trips, guest speakers, and attendance at an extension workshop. Students receive funding to attend either the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting or the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting. There are eight positions available for this track.

Created in 2018, this track is funded by the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Educational Literacy Initiative’s Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) grant.

Learn more about the 2019 food science extension projects.

Who Should Attend?

Undergraduates of various science-based disciplines are encouraged to apply. Food science encompasses a wide range of sciences, and we do not limit our program to food science majors. The program focuses on sophomore and junior level students, but it is open to all undergraduates currently enrolled at a four-year accredited U.S. university. All applicants must be eligible and authorized to work in the U.S. and will be required to complete an I-9 form.

Application Process

Applications open: January 29, 2021

Applications close: March 28, 2021. Applicants will be notified by April 16, 2021 with a decision on their acceptance into the program.

To apply:

  • There are separate applications for the Research and Education tracks. You may apply to both tracks.
  • In the application, you are asked to write a brief explanation of your preferred track and your qualifications as a candidate. You may express your desire to be considered for both tracks.
  • You will need to upload your resume or curriculum vitae on the application form.
  • You must submit two or three letters of recommendation to fssummerscholars@ncsu.edu.

Apply to the Food Science Research Track!

Apply to the Food Science Education and Extension Track!

Course Information

Location: Schaub Food Science Building, 400 Dan Allen Dr. Raleigh, NC 27606. Scholars will be notified as soon as possible if the program is postponed. 

Compensation and Housing

Food Science Research Track

  • $3,500 stipend.
  • On-campus housing is available for scholars located in Raleigh, NC; Students may opt for off-campus housing and receive a housing stipend of $1,500.
  • Expenses paid trip to the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting. If the meeting is held virtually or the scholar chooses to attend the hybrid meeting virtually, they will not be required to travel.

Food Science Education Track

  • $4,000 stipend. This is more than the food science research track because it includes extra commitments, such as weekly reflections of lessons learned.
  • On-campus housing for 10 weeks.
  • Expenses paid trip to the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting or the International Association for Food Protection annual meeting. If the desired meeting is held virtually or the scholar chooses to attend the hybrid meeting virtually, they will not be required to travel.

Contact Us

Please email any questions to Stephanie Maggio at fssummerscholars@ncsu.edu.