Posted: October 6, 2009

Hilary Peterson is the 2009 recipient of the Food Industry Group Student Leadership Award. The award was presented September 26, 2009 at the Food Industry Group Fall Board Meeting during the Annual Food Science Tailgate.

Hilary Peterson

Hilary Peterson

Hilary received her B.S. in Food Science in 2009. Hilary was an active member in the Food Science Club, the Penn State Ag Advocates, Ag Student Council, Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) Student Association, and Altas THON. Hilary served as Co-chair of AG Day 2009: Harvest to Household, a college event to promote agricultural awareness campus-wide. In addition, she served as Chair of the Awards Committee for the AG Student Council, Co-chair of Atlas THON Family Relation Committee, and Secretary of the Food Science Club. As a student, Hilary was the recipient of an IFT Freshman Scholarship and two Keystone IFT Scholarships and a number of department and college scholarships.

Hilary gained valuable experience working as an intern with Hershey Foods Company and with Kraft Foods. Upon graduation she was hired as an associate research scientist in product development at Hershey Foods Company.

Hilary has been an active volunteer in Altas THON in 2006-2007 and served as Co-chair in 2008 to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Unit at the Hershey Medical Center. She has also participated at the Centre County Food Bank and with Food Science Club food drives.

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