Phi Tau Sigma (ΦΤΣ) is the Honor Society for food science and technology.
The organization was founded in 1953 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by Dr. Gideon E. (Guy) Livingston, a food technology professor. It was incorporated under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on 8 December 1953, as "Phi Tau Sigma Honorary Society, Inc."
Mission and Purpose
The mission of Phi Tau Sigma is to raise the stature and recognize scholarly achievements of the Food Science and Technology profession. This mission is achieved by encouraging outstanding achievement by Food Science students and professionals, and by enhancing Food Science professionals through the Phi Tau Sigma member network.
In 2018, the Nebraska Section of IFT and Phi Tau Sigma agreed to foster excellence in food science and technology through collaboration of two events. The first is to annually co-host a speaker event where Phi Tau Sigma will select a well-known speaker and the second is to co-host “Student Banquet” where Nebraska Section scholarships are presented and Phi Tau Sigma will hold its induction ceremony.
How to Become a Member: Eligibility GuidelinesMembership Criteria (used by the Membership and Qualifications Committee):
- Undergraduate students being nominated for student Membership should be pursuing a degree program in Food Science or an equivalent. The statement of qualifications for students pursuing programs of study other than those meeting the IFT Education Standards should provide evidence of the program's content in Food Chemistry and Analysis, Food Safety and Microbiology, and Food Processing and Engineering.
- Graduate students being nominated for student Membership should be pursuing a graduate degree in Food Science or an equivalent. A nomination should not be submitted until the student has completed at least two semesters of the graduate program. The statement of qualifications for students pursuing graduate degrees other than Food Science should clearly illustrate the relationship of the student's background and/or program of study to Food Science and Technology.
- Undergraduate and graduate students being nominated for Associate Membership should have a Grade Point Average (GPA) equal to or greater than 3.5, or equivalent. The statement of qualifications for any student with a GPA less than a 3.5 should provide other evidence of academic achievements to justify the nomination.
- The statement of qualifications for undergraduate and graduate students should focus on recognitions, honors and other academic achievements of the student being nominated.
- Food Science and Technology professionals being nominated for professional Membership
- must have a minimum of 5 years of experience beyond the B.S. degree (4 years beyond the M.S. degree or 2 years beyond a Ph.D. degree) in a position directly related to Food Science and Technology in industry, government, a non-profit or an academic institution.
- The statement of qualifications for Food Science and Technology professionals being nominated should clearly illustrate how contributions of the nominee in his/her professional positions have distinguished the nominee from other professionals with similar professional experiences.
- The statement of qualifications for Food Science and Technology professionals should demonstrate the relationship of recognitions, honors and other achievements to the professional strengths of the nominee.
- This is a nomination process and not an application. The ΦTΣ Honor Society Nomination for Membership form should be completed and reviewed by the members signing as nominator prior to submission.
- The nominators (signatories) must be members in good standing (have paid their dues) in Phi Tau Sigma.
- At least one of the nominators must be a Professional Member.
- Do not attach materials not requested by the form. (For example, do not attach a curriculum vitae or letters of support.)
- All of the nominations from a single institution should be submitted together in a single file (pdf or Word format). Email the nomination file to the Executive Secretary.
- The Membership and Qualifications Committee reviews all nomination and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee. The nomination evaluation process usually takes a month or so. Incomplete nomination material will delay the evaluation process and/or result in rejection.
- The nomination fee must be paid prior to review of the nomination material by
- Membership and Qualifications Committee. Please follow the instructions listed on the ΦTΣ
- Honor Society Nomination for Membership Form.
- Membership of anyone can be revoked for non-payment of dues, except Lifetime Members and Emeritus Members.
- The documents listed above can be found on the Phi Tau Sigma website, subsection Documents. They can also be accessed by the direct link below:
Contact email addresses:
Executive Secretary, Kathryn L. Kotula, Ph.D., email@example.com
Membership & Qualifications Committee Chair, Rebecca Creasy, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org
Application forms can be downloaded via the Phi Tau Sigma Nomination 2019
Phi Tau Sigma Awards for Students
Associate Members are eligible for scholarships, awards, honor cords, networking, leadership opportunities and monthly newsletter. Visit the
Phi Tau Sigma Events/Meetings at University at Nebraska-Lincoln
Annual Meeting: Spring 2019 (TBD)
Student Banquet: Spring 2019 (TBD)
For questions/comments/additional information please contact Dr. Changmou Xu (email@example.com).
2018-2019 Executive Board Members
Diane I. West
Department of Food Science and Technology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
278 Food Innovation Center
Lincoln, NE 68588-6207
402 472 4484
Liaison with IFT Aksarben
Liaison with Food Science Club