NCSU Food Science Summer Scholars Program

NCSU Food Science Summer Scholars Program 2019

May 26-July 30, 2019

The NC State University Summer Scholars program recruits top students from across the country and develops their skills in food science research, education and/or outreach. Scholars balance their time between working on a project with a faculty mentor and lab group and engaging in a variety of career development opportunities including workshops, field trips, guest speakers, and more. The program includes a stipend, on campus housing, and a paid trip to the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists or International Association for Food Protection.

This year there will be two tracks:

  • Food Science Research Track: Scholars will complete lab-based projects that contribute to the advancement of food science in a variety of concentrations. This track is aimed at preparing students for graduate school or careers in research. Students will hone laboratory skills, learn to work with other students and full-time researchers, and present their findings at an Undergraduate Research Symposium. Field trips to local processors and other research facilities will enhance students’ experience and familiarize them with the food industry. Students in this track will be funded to attend the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo in July. There are 3 positions available for this track with descriptions under “Application Process” below.
  • Food Science Education and Extension Track: The Food Science Education track is a new program that aims to fill an urgent need for food safety professionals who can effectively teach, train, and influence behaviors across the food supply chain. Students in this program will develop their abilities to design, deliver and evaluate instructional materials (case studies in virtual reality (VR)); implement the VR case study modules into existing education and extension curricula; and increase their critical thinking skills and interests in food science education/extension careers. Experiential learning activities include projects, field trips, guest speakers, and attending an extension workshop. Students in this track will be funded to attend a conference fitting for their project (i.e. International Association for Food Protection). There are 8 positions (under 4 projects) for this track with descriptions under “Application Process” below.


All projects will be hosted at NC State University’s Main Campus (Raleigh, NC).

Compensation and Housing:

Food Science Research Track

  • Stipend of $2,500
  • On campus housing for students located in Raleigh, NC. Students may opt for off campus housing and receive a housing stipend of $1,500.
  • Student housing is not available at PHHI and therefore, students located in Kannapolis, NC will receive the off-campus housing stipend.
  • Paid trip to the Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists

Food Science Education Track

  • Stipend of $4,000. Note: this is more than the food science research track and comes with extra commitments such as weekly reflections of lessons learned throughout the summer experience.
  • On campus housing for 10 weeks, valued at $1,500.
  • Paid trip to the International Association for Food Protection annual conference.

Application Process

Who should apply?

Undergraduates of various science-based disciplines are encouraged to apply. Food science encompasses a wide range of sciences, therefore we do not limit our program to food science majors. The program focuses on accepting sophomore/junior level students, but is open to all undergraduates currently enrolled at a four year accredited U.S. university. Specific skills desired are listed under each project description. All applicants must be eligible and authorized to work in the United States and will be required to complete an I-9 form.

Applications open: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Applications close: January 3, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

 To Apply:

  • There are separate applications for the Research and Education tracks. If you would like to apply to both, you may.
  • In the application you will be asked to write a brief explanation of which project you would like to be considered for and why you are qualified for it. If you would like to be considered for multiple projects you will have an opportunity to express this in the application form. Please be sure to fill out the correct application for the project you would like to apply for (Research or Education track).
  • You will need to upload your resume/curriculum vitae on the form
  • Please have a minimum of two letters of recommendation sent to A maximum of three letters will be accepted.
  • Ready to Apply?
    • Food Science Research Track Application: click here
    • Food Science Education Track Application: click here


Contact Information

Please contact Jennifer Fideler ( with any questions regarding the NCSU food science summer research program.