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.

The group also organized Building a Science Bridge to Africa and Beyond project. The program aims at improving the access of students and researchers in higher education on the African continent to peer-reviewed research articles and books. View the informational pamphlet (.pdf) to learn more and how you can participate.

Informational pamphlet (.pdf)

2017-2018 Executive board members

Organization Advisors/Past presidents
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

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

President
Vaidhyanathan Anantharamkrishnan
Graduate Student
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Email: anant040@umn.edu

Immediate Past President
Jenny Hayek
Graduate Student
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Email: hayek024@umn.edu

President Elect
Dr. Baraem (Pam) Ismail
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Email: bismailm@umn.edu

Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. George Annor
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Email: gannor@umn.edu

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

Committee for "Building a Science Bridge to Africa and Beyond"

Dr. George Annor, Chair
Dr. Mary Schmidl
Vaidhyanthan Anatharamkrishnan
Jenny Hayek
Chelsey Hinnenkamp
Dr. Ted Labuza

Past Presidents:
Jenny Hayek - 2016
Chelsey Hinnenkamp - 2015
Ted Labuza - 2014
Mary Schmidl - 2013

How to Become a Member: Eligibility Guidelines

Membership Criteria (used by the Membership and Qualifications Committee):

Eligibility and guidelines for Membership (students):

  1. Student nominees for Membership should be pursuing a degree program in Food Science or an equivalent, and should have a current Grade Point Average (GPA) equal to or greater than 3.5 out of 4.0, or equivalent.
  2. Student nominees for Membership should indicate the number of credits completed toward the degree and the total credit requirement for the program.
  3. Student nominees should be pursuing a Food Science degree and should have completed course work in all three of the core areas of study: Food Chemistry and Analysis, Food Safety and Microbiology, and Food Processing and Engineering. Information on course work and competencies in the core areas of study within Food Science must be completed.
  4. Graduate students nominations should not be submitted until the student has completed at least two semesters of the graduate program.
  5. The statement of qualifications should be written in third person.
  6. The statement of qualifications for students should focus on recognitions, honors and other academic achievements.
  7. The statement of qualifications for any student with a GPA less than a 3.5 should provide other evidence of academic achievements to justify the nomination.
  8. The statement of qualifications for students pursuing programs of study other than those meeting the 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.

Eligibility and guidelines for Membership (professional):

  1. Food Science and Technology professionals nominated for Membership must have a minimum of 5 years of experience beyond the B.S. degree (4 years beyond the M.S. degree or 2 years beyond a Ph.D. degree) in a position directly related to Food Science and Technology in industry, government, non-profit, trade association, private practice, or academic institution.
  2. The statement of qualifications for Food Science and Technology professionals should clearly illustrate how contributions of the nominee in his/her professional positions have distinguished the nominee from other professionals with similar professional experiences.
  3. The statement of qualifications for Food Science and Technology professionals should demonstrate the relationship of recognitions, honors and other achievements to the professional strengths of the nominee.

Please read prior to completing and submitting nominations for membership:

  1. This is a nomination process and not an application. The ΦTΣ Honor Society Nomination for Membership form should be completed and reviewed by the members signing as nominator prior to submission.
  2. The nominators (signatories) must be members in good standing (have paid their dues) in Phi Tau Sigma.
  3. At least one of the nominators must be a Professional Member.
  4. Do not attach materials not requested by the form. (For example, do not attach a curriculum vitae or letters of support.)
  5. All of the nominations from a single institution should be submitted together in a single file (pdf or Word format). Email the nomination file to the Executive Secretary.
  6. The Membership and Qualifications Committee reviews all nomination and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee. The nomination evaluation process usually takes a month or so. Incomplete nomination material will delay the evaluation process and/or result in rejection.
  7. The nomination fee must be paid prior to review of the nomination material by Membership and Qualifications Committee. Please follow the instructions listed on the ΦTΣ Honor Society Nomination for Membership Form.
  8. Membership of anyone can be revoked for non-payment of dues, except Lifetime Members and Emeritus Members.
  9. The documents listed above can be found on the Phi Tau Sigma website, subsection Documents. They can also be accessed by the direct link below:

Member Nomination Form (.pdf)

Contact email addresses:
Executive Secretary, Kathryn L. Kotula, Ph.D., klkotula@msn.com
Membership & Qualifications Committee Chair, Steve Campano, M.S., steve.campano@hawkinsinc.com

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.

Informational pamphlet

Phi Tau Sigma Events/Meetings at University at Minnesota

Annual Meeting: Spring 2018 (TBD)

Student Recognition Night: Spring 2018 (TBD)

Contact us:

For questions/comments/additional information please contact Mary Schmidl (mschmidl@umn.edu) or Jenny Hayek (hayek024@umn.edu).