Graduate Student Life

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The University of Illinois, College of ACES and Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition offer a variety of opportunities for graduate students to grow outside of the classroom and laboratory.


Food Science and Human Nutrition Graduate Student Association (FSHNGSA) – FSHNGSA serves to increase interaction among faculty and graduate students by providing academic, social, and career related events. All FSHN graduate students are welcome to participate in this organization.

Association of Food Technologists (AFT) – AFT holds monthly meetings, featuring guest speakers. Its purpose is to foster a close relationship amongst students and faculty. The organization also aims to encourage leadership and acquaint students with the scope of food science and technology and human nutrition. All undergraduate and graduate FSHN students are welcome to participate in this organization.

Food Product Development Club (FPDC) – From concept to consumer, Food Product Development Club (FPDC) learns and develops skills necessary for product development in the food industry. FPDC hopes to foster skills such as leadership, critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork. The club focuses on product development competitions, both internal and external, and collaborates with the university and the food industry.


The Institute of Food Technologists Product Development Competition and the College Bowl are excellent opportunities to further develop knowledge and skills related to food and nutrition. The Product Development Competition allows students to design new food products, while the College Bowl is an opportunity to test knowledge of food science and nutrition while competing against other schools in a quiz bowl format. For more information, visit the IFTSA website.

Learn more about University of Illinois Registered Student Organizations.

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