Participate in grant-funded research projects. Recent studies include:
Gluten-free grain alternatives. Study the properties of starch from gluten-free teff grain for various food applications. Explore and broaden potential markets for Idaho grain growers.
Nutraceutical potential of northwest berries. Evaluate cranberries, blueberries, and huckleberries for a range of bioactive compounds using animal and cell culture models. Document berries’ bioactive profile of anthocyanins, flavanols, flavonols and phenolic acids for antioxidant activity.
Potato peel edible film. Study the use of potato peel by-product for the creation of biopolymer edible films and coating. Evaluate antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and the ability of edible film to protect from oxidation or moisture change and enhance of product appearance.
Wastewater phosphorus removal. Help the industry respond to tighter federal and state limits on phosphorus release by testing new high flow treatment processes and equipment that scrub phosphorus levels in discharge water. Help refine technology being commercialized by a new Idaho start-up company Blue Water Technologies, Inc.
Biofuels from food processing waste. Study microbial biocatalysts and the effects on biomass-to-ethanol conversion. Experiment with metabolically engineering waste for ethanol production for more efficient biofuel production.
Attend national, regional meetings of professional organizations such as the Institute of Food Technologists or AACC International. Present your research findings. Presented with a problem case study and what they do to solve the problem. Panel of judges. Meet potential employer and graduate students from other universities.
Other opportunities at UI include:
Food Science Club: Meet food scientists who come to campus to discuss career opportunities. Tour food plants and attend professional meetings, including the Intermountain Institute of Food Technologists' annual meeting in Sun Valley.
Graduate and Professional Student Association: Gain leadership experience and represent your department in UI student government.
Annual Student Research Expo: Compete for cash prizes awarded for graduate research presentations.
College of Graduate Studies Awards: Share in the annual recognition of graduate students engaged in outstanding teaching, research, leadership, and mentoring.
Gain hands-on experiences like these:
Research Assistant: Help professors with grant-funded research. Positions are paid.
Teaching Assistant: Work directly with students. Teach fundamental laboratory skills such as how to purify a protein, determine the structure of a lipid, or grow a culture of cell. Grade papers and exams. Positions are paid.
Mentor: Help undergraduates prepare for intercollegiate competition in the IFTSA Western Region College Bowl. Assist the Food Product Development Team as it develops new products like “bubble” tea or vegetable flavored yogurt and compete for industry prizes.
International research: Collect data or exchange findings with scientists in other countries. Study consumer sensory experiences in Finland. Find out what scientists in Brazil have discovered about biofuels. Explore what scientists in Japan know about edible films.
UI’s Food Technology Center provides business, technical, and processing assistance to food entrepreneurs and food companies—giving you the opportunity for first-hand experience in areas such as food safety, sanitation, food regulation, and business planning.