School of Food Science to Host 6 Universities’ College Bowl Teams

Tuesday, March 18


PULLMAN, Wash. – March 18, 2014 – Students from six universities will compete in a food science quiz bowl hosted by the University of Idaho and Washington State University School of Food Science March 29.

Held in concert with the annual Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Pacific West meeting, the Food Science College Bowl will begin at 3 p.m. in the WSU Food Science and Human Nutrition Building room T101.

Schools represented by teams include UI-WSU School of Food Science, Oregon State University, University of California Davis, San Jose State, Fresno State, and the University of British Columbia.

The winning team will be eligible to compete in the national competition at the Institute of Food Technologists’ June annual meeting in New Orleans.

The food science students will enjoy social activities, networking with their peers and industry professionals who come as judges, moderators or spectators. Other activities include chapter presentations, food industry speakers, product development cookie competition and closing banquet.

“As a whole, this event provides a great opportunity for students to broaden their network and get to know people they will likely work with in their future food industry careers,” said Allison Baker, WSU food science graduate student and the association’s area representative coordinating the event. “The competition encourages participants and spectators alike to get excited about food science.”

The competition is open to spectators. The banquet, which begins at 7 p.m. in the UI Idaho Commons. More information and banquet registration are at http://sfs.wsu.edu/blog/2014/02/27/iftsa-area-meeting-and-college-bowl-competition/.

Since 1985, the student College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general food-related trivia.

The College Bowl is designed to facilitate interaction among students from different universities, stimulate the students' desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and provide a forum for students to engage in friendly competition.