Follow these instructions to become a panelist for taste tests in the Sensory Evaluation Center.

  1. Log into and select 'Click Here to Apply'
  2. Create an account. NOTE: If you have a PSU email (eg:, we strongly recommend you use it as your user id. Please write down the username and password you select and bring it to each testing session, as you will be using it to sign into every test. Your username is your entire email address.
  3. Wait for an email from Pennsylvania State University Panel Application ( and click the link to confirm. Please check your junk mail as it usually goes there first. Once you receive the email, the link is only active for 48 hours. If you miss the window you will have to start over and make a new id. You will be unable to log into the system until we accept you as a candidate. This may take a few days.

Due to some software issues, few panelists have had issues receiving this confirmation email. These panelists have had success signing up again with a non-psu email address. Please contact Helene Hopfer at with any questions or concerns.

Once we see that you have signed up, we will accept you into our system and you will automatically be sent screeners and testing schedules for the studies we conduct. We hope you can taste with us soon!

Department of Food Science


202 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building
University Park, PA 16802