Alexander Youst, a 2011 graduate in Food Science and Agricultural & Extension Education, is the 2011 recipient of the Food Industry Group Undergraduate Student Leadership Award. The award was presented October 11, 2011 at the Food Industry Group Fall Membership & Board Meeting during the Annual Food Science Tailgate.

Alex Youst

Alex Youst

Alex was an active member in the Food Science Club, the Penn State Ag Advocates, Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) student Association, Alpha Tau Alpha Honorary Fraternity for Agricultural Educators, and The National FFA Organization. Alex served as President for Food Science Club in 2009-2010, chair of the social committee in 2008-2009 and has held numerous leadership positions including Vice President of Alpha Tau Alpha Honorary Fraternity for Agricultural Educators.

Alex received numerous scholarships and awards including a Keystone IFT Section Scholarship, National IFT Junior/Senior Scholarship, the Marvin Byer Military Foods Award, and the National Agricultural Ambassador Conference Leadership in Agricultural Literacy Award.

Alex's primary interest is in education and focused his time gaining teaching experience as a student teacher at Oley Valley High School specially in food science, plant science and environmental science curriculums. To gain more classroom experience, Alex assisted with Penn State's Science-U Camp as a mentor to youth of various ages and served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate Food science course Food, Facts and Fads.

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