Since 1985, the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) College Bowl Competition (CBC) has been quizzing student teams across the nation in the areas of food science and technology.
This year, the University of Delaware will be hosting the 2011 Central Atlantic Area CBC meeting, which will be held during the first weekend of April in Townsend Hall, at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Last year, the UD College Bowl team was the Central Atlantic College Bowl champion and went on to take second place at the national level.
There are currently eight recognized IFTSA areas and 55 recognized student chapters. UD, North Carolina State University, University of Maryland and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are located within the Central Atlantic Area of IFTSA.
During the area meeting, a group of approximately 75 students and professors will partake in various team building exercises and social activities. On Saturday, students will participate in an “ice breaker” event during which time they will also receive a tour of the UD farm facilities.
In addition, students will get the chance to hear a lecture by UD alumna Jennifer McEntire, who currently works for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). McEntire will talk to students about what it is like to work in the food industry and how students should prepare themselves for the job seeking process.
For some students, this will be their first contact with industry and a way to get firsthand learning opportunity about how food science and technology are actually used in industry.
The main event of the area meeting, the CBC, will take place on Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m. in the Townsend Hall Commons.
The winning team from the area meeting will receive a $1,000 travel award in order to compete for the national championship at the IFT Annual Meeting to be held in June in New Orleans.
For more information, contact Hudaa Neeto at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
To learn more about food science programs at UD, visit the Department of Animal and Food Sciences website.