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Food Science and Technology News: FST Special Edition Newsletter - 2021 Autumn Graduation

Congratulations FST AU21 Graduates!

     Once again, graduating FST students have been given an opportunity to share with us some of their favorite memories of their time at Ohio State in this special edition newsletter. Many also took the opportunity to give a shoutout to those that supported them, befriended them, and helped make the journey one to remember.
     After 4.5 semesters of students learning and conducting research during a global pandemic, this fall semester offered a routine that was a little closer to what we knew before COVID-19. Students had more in person learning and more opportunities to engage with each other on campus.
     Congratulations to all the students from the Department of Food Science and Technology who have graduated this semester. We are proud of all that you have accomplished and hope that you will stay connected. Come back to visit and be sure to meet up with us as we continue to engage in various professional food science forums around the world. Just remember, you’re a #BuckeyeForLife

AU21 Graduate Photo Album

Undergraduate Students
Alexis Allard – My favorite memories were from going to all the different games throughout the years, especially the hockey games, and getting to cheer on the Buckeyes! I also want to give a big shout out to all of my family and friends who have supported and encouraged me these past few years! [Food Science and Technology]
Jessica Little - [Food Science and Technology]
Michael Nelson - [Food Science and Technology]
Alyssa NoorbaidrulnizarWhen I won Dining Service Outstanding student employee of the year at my workplace. Special thanks to myself, my parents, my best friends Kasya, Fattin and to my fellow Malaysian Family in Ohio! ❤️ Go Bucks! [Food Business Management]
Amy Ondich – I'll always be grateful for the friends I made and everything I had the opportunity to learn. I hope that I will make my family and the university proud! [Food Business Management]
Hannah Parish – My favorite memory at Ohio State was exploring the campus with a friend that I had met in my first semester at OSU. We wanted to explore how big the campus was and visit most of the buildings. There were times that some of the buildings we went into that we didn't know if we were allowed to be in. So, we took a quick peek and then tried to find the nearest exit to leave without anyone seeing us. [Culinary Science]
Melanie Petitti - One of my fond memories of OSU will be the creative and humorous energy that always radiated in Dr. Simons’s classes, and sensory laboratory being one of the most interesting labs I’ve ever had. [Food Science and Technology]
Eric Teodosio - My favorite memories are those where I met a new person in a class, and we became fast friends. This has happened a few times and I cherish the time that we spent together. [Food Science and Technology]
Liyu Tu – My favorite memory is "staying nights in Thompson Library". [Food Business Management]

Graduate Students
Peyton Greenwood – Peyton received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Matthias Klein.
Yifan (Klay) Liu – I absolutely enjoyed some of the classes that I took at Ohio State, especially the two sensory classes with Dr. Simons, the instrumental analysis class with Dr. Rodriguez-Saona, and the metabolomics class with Drs. Cooperstone, Hatzakis, Klein and Kopec. I also loved experiencing the football craziness at The Shoe with over 102,000 fans in attendance. I would like to thank members of the Peterson lab who have supported me throughout this journey. I would also give a shout out to Maddy, Wildling and Phoebe for their unconditional love. Lastly, a special thank you goes to my wife Krista, who somehow put up with me since we were 15 and agreed to marry me last year. When an idiot like me finds someone of such remarkable tolerance and imagination that can contemplate a life-long partnership, I am truly fortunate. Klay received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Devin Peterson.
Jenna McClure – Favorite memory was waking up at 5am to do my clinical trial - shoutout to Liddie Ainsworth and Abbie Sommer for being right there with me! Jenna received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Yael Vodovotz.
Ashley Soldavini - My favorite memory at OSU is really a culmination of all of the Simons group lab potlucks. Always a lot of fun and guaranteed to get a little crazy whenever a group of graduate students plays a combo of catch phrase and charades (no idea what the game was called). I would like to thank my lab, as well as my family and friends for all of their support over the years. And a special thank you to my advisor (and boss) for helping me balance my SEC role with my student role. Could not have asked for a better manager to help me complete this! Ashley received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Chris Simons.
Kuanrong Zhu – Kuanrong received a master’s degree and was advised by Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Saona.
Wooju Kim – I would like to thank my family Hyoeun and my cat Milky for their support to continue my work. Wooju received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Dennis Heldman.
Brianne Linne – Brianne received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Devin Peterson.
Alba Mayta Apaza – I truly enjoyed working in a lab as collaborative and passionate about their craft. Also, celebrating all birthdays and special occasions with the Dairy program was energizing and ensuring. I want to thank my advisor, Dr. Jimenez, for all his encouragement, patience, and the opportunity to be part of an outstanding team, the postdocs, and lab mates I had the pleasure to work with.  And my family for the love and support! Alba received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores.
Brittany Miles – I have so many great memories from over the course of my degree. From loud and joyous thanksgiving feasts to office cookie exchanges, to getting to get up close and personal with a giraffe, Ohio and Ohio State have surprised and delighted me in so many ways. I loved having the opportunity to play on the department’s (admittedly short-lived) intramural softball team and to travel both nationally and internationally to share my work. I’d like to thank the Simons lab and family and friends, both near and far, for supporting me through this journey. Special shout out to Katie for all your Dream Team support and Eric for being both a supportive partner and the most reliable coffee delivery service an exhausted grad student could ask for. Brittany received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Chris Simons.
Kathryn Williamson – My favorite memory at OSU is the Thanksgiving Lunch at Parker hosted by the food science club every year. It was such a fun tradition to cook in the Pilot Plant with Gary and then sit around a long table with all of the Department Professors and Students together. I’d like to give a shoutout to Dr. Hatzakis, the entire Hatzakis lab, and all of the support I’ve gotten from other grad students over the years. Katie received a PhD and was advised by Dr. Emmanuel Hatzakis.