Giving to Food Science and Human Nutrition

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.

There are many ways to make a contribution, including the giving form on this page.

For information or to discuss options for making a major gift, please contact Matthew Smith, Assistant Director of Development, at 217-300-6113 or

Funding Priorities

Pilot Plant

The FSHN Pilot Plant is undergoing a $3-million renovation. Funds for this renovation are from donors, the College of ACES, and a matching program in the Provost’s Office. This 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. Visit the Pilot Plant website for more information.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Learning Assistantships, and Graduate Fellowships

Advanced training of promising professionals, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, is critical to ensuring a competent and skilled work force in 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, and professional and graduate schools. Gifts in support of undergraduate scholarships and learning assistants, as well as graduate fellowships, facilitate value-added experiences that attract top-quality students to FSHN.

Capital Investment Opportunities

With an ever-evolving academic landscape, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition has determined two areas of need that require significant private financial support. To support these efforts or to find out more please contact Matthew Smith, Assistant Director of Development, at 217-300-6113 or

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

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 chairs and professorships 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. These faculty members will be 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 chairs and professorships in dietetics, food science, human nutrition and hospitality management are essential to recruiting premier faculty who will attract outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to the food science and human nutrition department, College of ACES, and University of Illinois.

Food and Nutrition Innovation Hub

The core of the food science and human nutrition 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.

A Food and Nutrition Innovation Hub (i.e., FSHN Building) will allow all faculty members in the four FSHN 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.

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