Student Life

Once you’re here, we’ll help you fit in and become a part of our dynamic community. From our student events and community service activities to our clubs and numerous research opportunities, you’ll find a home at FBNS.

Food Science Club

The Food Science Club is an active, student-based group comprised of students who are studying or interested in the food science discipline. The club provides students with opportunities to interact with each other and professionals in the food science field outside of a classroom atmosphere.

Want more information? Email us at or visit the club website.

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Nutrition Club

The Nutrition Club is open to all NC State students. Our members are passionate about nutrition education and awareness and serving our community.

Want more information? Email us at or visit the club website.

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Student Events

Welcome Back BBQ

Every year the department hosts a welcome back barbeque for students, complete with Howling Cow Ice Cream, hotdogs and hamburgers. Students enjoy playing in a competitive corn hole tournament.


For enthusiastic football fans, the Food Science Club gathers for a potluck style get-together prior to all home football games.

Taste Tests

Throughout the year, the public is welcome to participate in tasting and evaluating improved products developed in Schaub Hall. Taste tests include delicious smoothies, chocolate milk, ice cream, and a variety of other products.

College Bowl

Every spring students on the college bowl team battle faculty to determine who knows the most facts about food.

Awards Banquet

At the end of the year, students, faculty, alumni, and donors gather to honor recipients of various scholarships. This event allows students to show their appreciation and thank distinguished donors for their support.

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is a global membership organization providing education, training, and technical publications to pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals.

The student chapter at NC State is focused on increasing awareness of employment opportunities in the healthcare industry. Whether your training is in engineering, information technology, biological and chemical sciences, management, or law, the pharmaceutical industry needs your expertise. Student chapter events typically involve local pharmaceutical professionals and are an excellent opportunity for networking.

To learn more, attend a meeting or contact one of the student chapter officers.

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Research Opportunities

Department faculty frequently hire students in different research capacities. Check out the exciting research happening in our department or review individual faculty members’ areas of interest and contact them. Many of our faculty members also manage community outreach programs and welcome student participation.

Learn about more research opportunities through the university’s Office of Undergraduate Research. Students who qualify can participate with our faculty in a more structured research program through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Honors Program or the university’s Honors Program.

Community Service Opportunities

Our students have worked with a wide variety of local organizations, including:

Check your email and the Schaub Hall bulletin boards frequently for additional opportunities.