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Department of Food Science and Technology


FoodS.U.R.E. Undergraduate Student Research

FoodS.U.R.E. is an exciting initiative that engages undergraduates at all ranks in research.
We believe that conducting research enhances the learning experiences of students through:

1.   Understanding the scientific process student
2.   Engaging in innovation and discovery
3.   Participating in problem solving techniques
4.   Enabling interaction with faculty mentors and others doing research
5.   A better understanding of what the research experience would be like as a graduate student

Please contact one of the FoodSURE coordinators listed below if you have any questions or need additional information.

Read the Institute of Food Technologists Institution Spotlight of Ohio State's FoodSURE Program


FoodS.U.R.E. participants will:

  • Find a Food Science and Technology faculty advisor and engage in research for at least one semester. The area of research is completely up to the student. The advisor must agree to supervise the student during the agreed upon term of research (sign and date Form A)
  • Register in FST 4999 and follow all requirements for CFAES Guidelines for Graduating with Research Distinction. Click here for guidelines.
  • Complete the CANVAS research pre-requisite module and relevant safety and other trainings (such as use of human subjects, etc.) that are necessary for research in the chosen advisor’s laboratory, prior to beginning research.
  • Attend bi-weekly seminars led by the FoodS.U.R.E. coordinators. Meetings should be attended throughout the duration of the research project.
  • Present research at the CFAES Research Forum in the spring. Participants are also encouraged to present at the OVIFT Poster Competition, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Undergraduate Research Festival, and national meetings, as appropriate.
  • Apply for the $1750/project food science award. $750 can be directed to the FST faculty mentor’s laboratory (Form B) and $1000 can be awarded to the FST student as a scholarship. Student can be funded for only one project at a time but are eligible for multiple projects during their studies.

If a student continues to meet the FoodS.U.R.E. requirements (see points A-G above), they are encouraged to participate in the program over multiple years.

Role of research faculty advisor:
The faculty advisor agrees to mentor the undergraduate student in research for the duration of the project. Expectations for the research project need to be agreed upon between the student and faculty mentor (Form C). The FST faculty advisor may receive compensation in the amount of $750 per student per year to offset costs associated with that student’s research project (e.g. supplies, travel to meetings, disposables etc.). The FST student may receive $1000/project for engaging in research. If the project requires additional funds, these will need to be sought elsewhere.

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