Fermentation Contest

Sponsored by the Department of Food Science and Technology

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Sponsored by The Nebraska Department of Food Science and TechnologFermentation Scholarship Competition

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Contest Details

Future UNL Food Science and Technology students are invited to participate in the Fermentation Scholarship Competition!

Winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship!

First year students who are admitted to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) for the Fall semester of 2021, and who intend to major in Food Science and Technology are eligible to participate.

The Goal: Create a unique fermented food product and then make a short video explaining what you did.

Interested participants will be provided special home fermentation kits created by ChouAmi.

Complete the Interest Form to receive one of the fermentation devices.

What will you ferment? Be creative! Just be careful that your end-product does not contain more than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

Then, tell us what happened! Create a short, 3-minute video describing your fermentation activity and what you learned.

Click here to go to the Interest Form

Click here to go to the Video Submission Form

Contest Dates

November 25, 2020 - Contest opens and requests for the ChouAmi fermentation kits will be accepted
January 8, 2021 – Last day to request ChouAmi fermentation kit
February 1, 2021 – Deadline for video submissions
February 22, 2021 - ChouAmi fermentation kits must be received back to UNL Food Science & Technology Department
March 1, 2021 – Contest winners announced


Your submission may utilize any production techniques and artistic composition as long as it is no longer than 3 minutes, is on topic, complies to the rules, and is appropriate. A submission may not contain offensive, libelous, sexually explicit, disparaging or other inappropriate content and may not defame or otherwise violate the rights, copyrights, trademarks, or rights of publicity, privacy, or reputation of any third party. A submission may not contain any material to promote sale of a product or service.

Videos are to be submitted through the online entry form. 

The Competition opens November 25, 2020 and will close at Noon on February 1, 2021, U.S. Central Standard Time. All entries must be received prior to the closing date and time in order to be considered.

Questions? Contact Sara Roberts at sroberts14@unl.edu

Contest Rules

Submissions will be judged by a panel appointed by the Head of the UNL Department of Food Science and Technology that includes faculty, staff, and students. Members of the judging panel will consider the following criteria in making their selections:

  • Creativity in the content selection and presentation
  • Quality of your answers to these questions among others: 
    • Why did you select the raw ingredients you chose to ferment?
    • What compounds were expected to be produced during your fermentation process?
    • What health benefits have been attributed to the compounds produced?
  • Effectiveness in highlighting what you learned by undertaking your fermentation
  • Overall presentation quality

The ChouAmi website (https://ChouAmi.com/) is a great resource for getting started with home fermentation but don’t stop there! You are encouraged to go beyond basic pickles or sauerkraut to try something new.

Upon completion of your fermentation project, the ChouAmi™ kits are to be mailed back to the UNL Food Science and Technology Department in the box provided using the pre-paid return label. The kits must be received by the Department no later than February 22, 2021.

The decisions of the judges are final and incontestable. Except as otherwise provided above, whether any submission is selected as a winner will be at the sole discretion of the judges.

How to Enter

Each individual contest participant is restricted to one submission only. Entrant completes the Interest Form to receive a ChouAmi fermentation kit for use in this contest only. Upon completion of the fermentation project, entrant will submit a video. Entrant must fill out all required fields on both the Interest Form and the Video Submission Form. Upon submission of each form, the entrant will be notified via email.

Submission Rules

Interested individuals completing the Interest Form must already be admitted to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Fall 2021 semester to qualify for participation into the contest. Video submissions will be accepted from all qualified individuals provided the Video Submission Form is complete. Each entrant is solely responsible for the information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, tags, and other materials included in the submission, whether publicly or privately transmitted. A submission must be original and the entrant must (1) hold all necessary rights to all the materials, images, videos, graphics and information in the submission or (2) have permission from the holder of such rights, or (3) the materials, images, videos, graphics and information in the submission must be in the public domain. After submission of the video, the entrant is responsible for returning the ChouAmi kit to the Food Science and Technology Department at UNL no later than February 22, 2021. Kits must be clean, fully-intact, and in good working order. Major damages to a kit or loss of the jar or other pieces may result in the disqualification of an entrant from the scholarship competition. Additional fines or penalties may be assessed to the entrant as deemed necessary.

Eligibility

Employees of the University of Nebraska and their immediate families or those living in the same household as a University of Nebraska employee are not eligible to enter this competition. Entrants must be already admitted to UNL with an intent to major in the Food Science and Technology program beginning in Fall 2021 as a first-year college student.

Additional Requirements and Disclaimers

By entering this competition, each individual entrant (and for individuals under 19 years old, the individual’s parent or guardian) grants the University of Nebraska a worldwide nonexclusive, royalty-free, transferable license to use the video, or any portion thereof, for UNL purposes, and grants UNL a world-wide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license to use the entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, voices, sounds and/or biographical information for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes. If selected as a winner, each individual (and for individuals under 19 years old, the individual’s parent or guardian) hereby agrees to irrevocably grant and assign exclusively to UNL all rights, including copyright interests in the videos, under all laws, treaties and conventions throughout the world, in all forms, languages and media, now or hereafter known or developed without limitation. Use, publication, or dissemination by winners of their respective video may be permitted at the discretion of UNL, as approved in writing in advance by UNL. Submitting a video to this competition does not guarantee that the submission will be displayed or used by UNL. Use by UNL of a submission does not necessarily reflect the views of UNL, and in no event shall UNL assume or have any responsibility or liability for any Submission, in whole or in part, or for any claims, damages, or losses resulting from the use and/or appearance of any submission or the contents thereof. UNL reserves the right to refuse any submission in its sole discretion. UNL also reserves the right at any time during the competition to remove or disqualify any submission when it believes in its sole discretion that the entrant has: (i) infringed any third party's copyright; (ii) failed to comply with these Terms and Conditions; or (iii) failed to obtain the necessary consents as set out in these terms and conditions. Video platforms (TikTok, YouTube, etc.) are not affiliated in any way with UNL, and UNL does not assume any responsibility or liability for an entrant’s participation in or use of any third-party website. UNL shall not be liable for any claims, costs, liabilities, damages, expenses, and losses arising out of (i) UNL's use of the submission; (ii) the entrant's participation in the competition; (iii) technical failures of any kind including but not limited to problems or delays arising from software or equipment malfunctions or computer viruses; and (iv) any events outside UNL's reasonable control. By entering this competition, each individual entrant (and for individuals under 19 years old, the individual’s parent or guardian) represents and warrants that: (i) the individual is the sole author, creator, and owner of the submission; (ii) except for material used by permission, none of the intellectual property rights in the Submission, or any portion thereof, has been assigned or transferred to anyone that is not the entrant; (iii) the submission, through its creation and its submission as an entry, does not violate any applicable laws; (iv) the Submission, through its creation and its submission as an entry, does not infringe upon or violate intellectual property rights held by any third person or party; and (v) individual entrants will abide by and are in compliance with all intellectual property protection requirements of YouTube. Any entrant who supplies false information, enters the Fermentation Scholarship Competition by fraudulent means, or is otherwise determined to be in violation of the eligibility criteria or terms of the Fermentation Scholarship Competition shall be ineligible for any prize and shall be required to forfeit any prize obtained based on such information or means. By entering a submission in the Contest, each individual entrant (and for individuals under 19 years old, the individual’s parent or guardian) agrees to comply with and be bound by the official rules and decisions of UNL. All references to UNL contained herein refer to the Department of Food Science and Technology on behalf of the University of Nebraska. Winners will be notified in writing via email by: March 1, 2021. This Contest is void where prohibited. The Contest shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Nebraska.

Interest Form

I have read and agree to the rules and conditions of the contest, including:
  • The ChouAmi™ fermentation kits are to be used only for the purpose on this contest
  • The ChouAmi™ fermentation kits will be returned to the UNL Food Science and Technology Department no later than Feb. 22, 2021
  • The ChouAmi™ fermentation kits will be returned clean and in good condition; failure to meet these standards may result in disqualification and fines or penalties as deemed necessary
I have read all the rules. *
I have been admitted to UNL for Fall 2021 with the intent to major in Food Science & Technology *
Questions? Contact Sara Roberts at sroberts14@unl.edu