2022 FDST Freshmen Scholarship Challenge

Department of Food Science and TechnologyFreshman Scholarship Challenge

Scientists looking at a petri dish.

Earn a $5,000 Scholarship!

Join Us for a Day of Food Science!

Spend a day in the Food Science and Technology Department conducting one-of-a-kind experiments in the Food Innovation Center’s teaching laboratories and pilot plants. The activities will be led by Food Science and Technology faculty and experts from The Food Processing Center. You will practice your new skills and build upon your understanding of a career as a food science professional as you engage in real-world challenges.  

For your participation in this one-day event, you can earn a $5,000 scholarship!*

Friday, Feb. 18, 2022
9:30am – 3:00pm
Food Innovation Center, 1901 N. 21st St., Lincoln, NE 68588    

Contact Sara Roberts at sroberts14@unl.edu or 402-472-2843 to sign up and for additional information.

Registration Deadline for in-person event is February 4, 2022.
Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and travel expenses. Lunch will be provided during the event.

High Pressure Food Processing

Not able to attend the in-person event?

You can still participate in the food science challenge to earn a scholarship! As an alternative, you have the option to create a Social Media Campaign that debunks a food science myth and communicates accurate facts about food science. Your social media campaign will need to include three different forms of media (poster, video, Instagram post, blog post, etc.).

Contact Sara Roberts at sroberts14@unl.edu or 402-472-2843 if you intend to participate in the alternative option and for additional information. Please provide your topic for the social media campaign in your initial email.

Deadline to sign up for the Social Media Challenge is February 4, 2022. 

Additional Details for the Social Media Campaign:

  1. Develop a consistent message that debunks a food science myth in the options below:
    1. Organic food is better for you than conventional food
    2. Fresh vegetables are more nutritious for you than canned or frozen vegetables
    3. All foods high in fat are bad for you
    4. Cooked food is safe at room temperature for countless hours
    5. Unhomogenized milk is better for you than homogenized milk
  2. Choose at least three different formats to display your information about the food science myth. Acceptable formats would be a poster, video, series of Instagram posts (3 or 4), infographics, brochures, or flyers.
  3. Each media file must stand on its own by informing the audience what is commonly portrayed about this topic and the science-based facts associated with it. You can be as creative as you like, as long as your work is organized and accurately covers your food science topic.
  4. Use accurate facts that support your message from reliable sources. Include citations for your sources when pulling specific facts or statements. Cite sources using APA format.
  5. For your media creations, you can use any online tool that you choose. One free resource that has worked well for similar projects is Canva (www.canva.com).

*One-time scholarship will be awarded when student enrolls at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a declared major in Food Science and Technology or Food Technology for Companion Animals.