Phi Tau Sigma

Phi Tau Sigma (ΦΤΣ) is the Honor Society for food science and technology.

The organization was founded in 1953 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by Dr. Gideon E. (Guy) Livingston, a food technology professor. It was incorporated under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on 8 December 1953, as "Phi Tau Sigma Honorary Society, Inc."

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Mission and Purpose

The mission of Phi Tau Sigma is to raise the stature and recognize scholarly achievements of the Food Science and Technology profession. This mission is achieved by encouraging outstanding achievement by Food Science students and professionals, and by enhancing Food Science professionals through the Phi Tau Sigma member network.

In 2014, the Minnesota Section of IFT and Phi Tau Sigma agreed to foster excellence in food science and technology through collaboration of two events. The first is to annually co-host a speaker event (preferably early Fall) where Phi Tau Sigma will select a well-known speaker and the second is to co-host “Student Recognition Night” where Minnesota Section scholarships are presented and Phi Tau Sigma will hold its induction ceremony.

2015-2016 Executive board members

Senior Advisor/Past president
Dr. Ted Labuza 
Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Food Science and Engineering
Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota 
1354 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55108
Email: tplabuza@umn.edu
Cell Phone: 651-307-2985
Office Phone: 612-624-9701           

Dr. Mary K. Schmidl
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-801-8315
Email: mschmidl@umn.edu

President
Chelsey Hinnenkamp
Graduate Student
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Email: hinn0053@umn.edu

President Elect
Dr. Baraem Ismail
Associate Professor
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-625-0147
Email: bismailm@umn.edu

Treasurer
Dr. Luna Akhtar
Research Associate
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-624-3206
Email: akhtarm@umn.edu

How to Become a Member: Eligibility Guidelines

Phi Tau Sigma has (currently) 1,185 members, who are kept up-to-date on Society matters through a monthly Newsletter from the Executive Secretary. Members are elected as students or after graduation in recognition of their achievements and to facilitate their active participation in Phi Tau Sigma and the profession of Food Science and Technology.

Eligibility for Full-Membership
1. Food Science and Technology professionals being nominated for Membership should have a minimum of 5 years of experience beyond B.S. degree (4 years beyond M.S. degree or 2 years beyond a Ph.D. degree) in a position directly related to food science and technology in industry, government or an academic institution.
2. The nomination of Food Science and Technology professionals should clearly illustrate how contributions of the nominee’s professional position have distinguished the nominee from other professionals with similar professional experiences.
3. The nomination statement for the Food Science and Technology professional should demonstrate how the recognitions, honors and other achievements of the nominee justify the nomination.
4. As of January 1, 2016 the annual subscription for Membership is $40.

Eligibility for Associate Membership
1. Undergraduate students being nominated for Associate Membership should be pursuing a degree program in Food Science or equivalent. The nomination statement for students pursuing programs of study other than those meeting IFT Education Standards should provide evidence of the program's content in Food Chemistry and Analysis, Food Safety and Microbiology and Food Processing and Engineering.
2. Graduate students being nominated for Associate Membership should be pursuing a graduate degree in Food Science or equivalent. The nomination statement for students pursuing graduate degrees other than Food Science should clearly illustrate the relationship of the student's background or program of study to Food Science.
3. Undergraduate and graduate students being nominated for Associate Membership should have a Grade Point Average (GPA) equal to or greater than 3.5, or equivalent. The nomination statement for students with a GPA less than 3.5 should provide evidence of academic achievements to justify the nomination.
4. The nomination statement for undergraduate and graduate students should focus on recognitions, honors and other academic achievements of the student being nominated.
5. As of January 1, 2016, the annual subscription for Associate Membership is $20.

Eligibility for Lifetime Membership
Lifetime membership is granted to any member in good standing who pays the one-time dues for lifetime membership.

Application forms can be downloaded via the Phi Tau Sigma Website 

Phi Tau Sigma Awards for Students

Associate Members are eligible for scholarships, awards, honor cords, networking, leadership opportunities and monthly newsletter. Visit the Minnesota IFT website for information on student awards. 

Phi Tau Sigma Events/Meetings at University at Minnesota

Annual Meeting: Fall, 2016 (TBD)

Student Recognition Night: (TBD)

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