Student organizations are an ideal opportunity for students to become engaged with the department beyond the classroom. Organizations offer participation in a variety of activities and leadership roles. Becoming active in a student organization during your time at the University of Minnesota can help you not only prepare for the professional world once you graduate, but also increase your opportunities for scholarships, awards, internships and future employment.
FSCN offers two student organizations, and there are also several professional organizations students are encouraged to join as an opportunity to learn more about the industry and network with those already in the field.
Food Science and Nutrition Club
The FScN Club is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. Meetings, events and activities address membership education, preparation for a job after graduation and promote social interactions.
Phi Tau Sigma is the national Honor Society of Food Science. Phi Tau Sigma was founded in 1953 with the mission to raise the stature and recognize scholarly achievements in Food Science and Technology. There are 41 Chapters (primarily at educational institutions) in the U.S., Mexico and China. These are formed to better serve the members at the local level. Members are elected as students or later as professionals in recognition of their achievements. Benefits of membership include recognition, opportunities for leadership and to connect with others of similar values along with scholarships and awards. The process to become a member is one of nomination and review. Visit phitausigma.org for more information about membership.
Professional Organizations and Activities
Student Ambassadors for Food Health and Culture
We connect students with faculty and professionals throughout the food system by providing mentor experiences and leadership training to students. We will bring in interdisciplinary professionals twice a month to speak on topics related to the food system; supply chain, field to consumer, and to policies. We will hold a campus-wide mentor event in each spring which will connect food, nutrition, and agriculture students to Minnesota food professionals.
Student Organization of Nutrition and Dietetics
SOND is an organization made up of undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in nutrition. The group meets once a month and hosts invited speakers from a variety of nutritional backgrounds. All nutrition majors are strongly encouraged to participate in SOND. Check out the SOND webpage for news and upcoming events.