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Food Science students receive Keystone IFT scholarships

Posted: April 29, 2011

The Keystone section of the Institute of Food Technologists awarded $500 scholarships to two undergraduate students: Elizabeth Beck and Sara Calaman. The students will be recognized and receive their 2011-2012 awards at the November Keystone IFT meeting.


Elizabeth BeckElizabeth secured an internship at Turkey Hill following her freshman year where she worked on high profile projects which had a profound impact on the company so much so that she was asked to come back for another summer. During her second internship, she demonstrated troubleshooting and leadership skills while acting as the R&D representative for a new product production run. The Turkey Hill R&D department describes her as an intelligent and resourceful student with a bright future in the food industry. Elizabeth also completed an internship at the Berkey Creamery. She represents the Food Science club on the Ag Student Council and served as the treasurer for the Food Science Club in addition to serving on the service and social committees. The Food Science faculty describe her as an excellent student and contributor to the field of Food Science.

Sara CalamanSara completed an internship at Schreiber Foods after being introduced to the company during a job shadow. While there, she proposed solutions to control weights of product being produced to eliminate waste, thereby saving the company money. She also participated in FDA and SQF audits. Her contributions were recognized and she was asked to come back over the winter break. The QA team at Schreiber Foods describes her as a reliable leader who had a positive impact on the company. Sara was the undergraduate teaching assistant for the food chemistry laboratory where she supported the professor by developing experimental methods and test protocols. She was the service chair for the Food Science Club, and will be serving as president for the 2011-12 year. The Food Science faculty describe her as an intelligent, responsible, and committed student who shows great potential for a professional career in the food industry.