FSHN Funding Priorities

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Gifts of all sizes and for all purposes are appreciated and contribute to student education, breakthrough research and continued outreach efforts in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Additionally, departmental leadership has indicated key areas of needed support for the continued strength of the teaching, research and outreach programs.

Pilot Plant

The FSHN Pilot Plant is undergoing a $3 million renovation. Funds for this renovation are from a matching program in the Provost’s Office, the College of ACES, and donors. This very specialized teaching classroom and research laboratory is being upgraded to include a food grade space. Your donations to this critical renovation project are essential to providing innovative and futuristic learning experiences for our students.

Endowed Professorships/Chairships in Dietetics; Food Science; Hospitality Management; and Human Nutrition

Achievement of our vision to be a global leader at transforming lives through distinguished scholarship in food, nutrition, and hospitality sciences requires exceptional faculty. Endowed Professorships and Chairships are reserved for the most talented and stellar of scholars in a given discipline. The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department needs four such scholars to make a bold statement about the caliber of the Professors who are teaching our emerging professionals, training our future food, nutrition, and hospitality scientists, and developing our public servants and volunteers who will ensure a safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable food supply that enhances human health. To remain competitive with other similar academic programs, Endowed Professorships and Chairships are essential to recruiting premier faculty who will attract outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to the FSHN Department, College of ACES, and University of Illinois.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships, and Undergraduate Learning Assistants

Advanced training of promising professionals, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, is critical to ensuring a competent and skilled work force in the State of Illinois. Upwards of 90% of graduates from the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department are employed or placed at their preferred locations within six months of graduation. This is due, in part, to financial support of students that allow them to immerse in transformative learning experiences such as independent study, mentored research, study abroad, scientific publishing, service learning, and internships in our laboratories, café, and pilot plant. Students gain advanced knowledge and hard and soft skills that make them more valuable to employers, professional and graduate schools. Funding of undergraduate scholarships and learning assistants as well as graduate fellowships facilitate value-added experiences that attract top-quality students to the FSHN Department.

Food and Nutrition Innovation Hub (One Unit, One Building Initiative)

The core of the FSHN Department is food. As a basic need, food will always be at the forefront of the human condition. To this end, the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department has multidisciplinary research and teaching programs that focus on the integration of food, nutrition, and health; food materials science and engineering; biochemical and molecular nutrition; and food safety and security as delivered across the disciplines of dietetics, food science, hospitality management, and human nutrition. To coordinate the efforts of the FSHN Department so that it may carry out its mission, faculty and students need to work and study in shared facilities or a common building. Currently, FSHN faculty members and students are spread throughout south campus buildings in obsolete laboratory spaces, outdated classrooms, and antiquated offices. A Food and Nutrition Innovation Hub (i.e., FSHN Building) will allow all faculty members in our four disciplines to work seamlessly together to provide a richer academic experience for students. Moreover, idea generation will be facilitated in an incubator type facility with an eye toward activities that may seed technology transfer, start-up companies, and avenues for economic growth.