Macy Award Dinner Meeting 2017 Silent Auction 2017 2016 Chair’s Award Institute of Food Technologists Minnesota Section

MN IFT Section Announcements

Minnesota State Science Fair

The Minnesota State Science Fair is March 26th at the Doubletree in Bloomington. We (MN IFT) will give out 4 awards for the best food science projects. We need volunteers to help judge the student projects. This takes the entire day from 8 am till around 3:00. If you are interested in judging, contact Tonya Schoenfuss at and she will send you a link to to register, and provide further details.

At the last IFT Minnesota Section meeting, new FSCN Department Head Kumar Mallikarjunan had the opportunity to meet the first FSCN Department Head, Elwood Caldwell.

Minnesota Section IFT Golf Outing

MNIFT-Golf 2017 - Save the Date

Date: May 23, 2017
Location: Keller Golf Course, 2168 Maplewood Dr., Maplewood, MN 55109
Format: Tourname will be a Scramble - 4-person teams
Questions: Contact Cheryl Bell -

Brenda Knapp-Polzin Receives 2016 Chair's Award

Brenda Knapp Polzin - Chair's AwardThe Minnesota Section of IFT presented Brenda Knapp-Polzin with the 2016 Chair's Award, which recognizes a member in the section who has served the Section and the profession in an outstanding manner. The Award consists of an engraved plaque with the citation and honorarium. The presentation was featured at the Minnesota IFT dinner meeting on December 12, 2016. The Award recognizes the dedication that many IFT members have for their professional scientific society and says “thank you” to all who have given their time to improve the future of the food sector. Click here for additional information.

<- Sharon Herzog, Chair of the Chair's Award Committee and Brenda Knapp-Polzin, Chair's Award Winner

MNIFT 2017 Scholarship Applications

Each year, the Minnesota Section of IFT awards scholarships to outstanding food science graduate and undergraduate students. These student scholarship awards are given to encourage volunteer service, leadership, academic achievement, professional development and to support research in Food Science. We encourage all students studying food science to apply!

Available scholarship awards for qualified food science candidates
  • • Elwood Caldwell Scholarship Award for Volunteer Service
  • • Graduate Scholarship Award
  • • Undergraduate Scholarship Award
  • • Travel Scholarship Award

Click here for more information and to apply!

Meet your 2016-2017 Minnesota Section Leadership!

MNIFT Leadership Team 2016-2017

McHugh receives Macy Award

The Minnesota Section of IFT presented Dr. Tara McHugh with the 2016 Harold Macy Food and Science Technology Award, which recognizes outstanding food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists. Dr. McHugh had the opportunity to present “Innovative Food Processing for Fruits and Vegetables” to the section members and will also receive an honorarium. The award, which was established in 1981, honors Harold Macy, Dean Emeritus of the University of Minnesota and a founding member of IFT.
Dr. McHugh, a professional member of IFT, is a Team Leader at the USDA Western Regional ARS in Albany CA. Her research focuses is on developing innovative food processing technology in conjunction with industry and academia to produce commercially viable new fruit and vegetable products. Several of her patents have received commercial success. Of particular interest in the presentation was the use of ultra violet light to increase the Vitamin D levels in mushrooms. This topic sparked a lot of discussion at the meeting.

Tom Aurand, Chair of the Macy Award, Tara McHugh, Macy Award winner, Sharon Herzog, Chair of the Minnesota Section of IFT


Call for Dedicated Volunteers

Interested in making a difference in Minnesota Section of IFT and connecting with others in the food industry, academia and government? The Minnesota Section of IFT is made up of several committees and are in need of your help. Appointments for 2016-2017 are under consideration.

Click here to download the form and inform us of the committee you're interested in Send your entry to Mary Schmidl at


By becoming a member of the MN Section of IFT, you will gain a comprehensive view of what’s happening at the universities, industrial and government levels of the food sectors at the State Level through networking with your local colleagues who are just as motivated and committed as you are to develop a safe, wholesome, sustainable and healthy food supply.

There are IFT membership types to fit every phase of your career and several ways to join the MN section of IFT. Become a member by filling out an online application. Click here for the application.
Thanks to all MN IFT members that volunteered to run for office, and to all members that voted! Your energy and dedication is what makes this chapter stand out.

The results of our 2016 election are as follows:

Chair Elect - Beth Ann Nylander

Administration and Documentation Chair - Gary A. Reineccius

Membership Chair - Aimee Mortenson

Section Representatives:
John McDonald
Cheryl Bell
Dan Kennedy

Thank you to all those who were willing to be a part of the Executive Committee and participated in this years election. We are still looking for people to help on our committees. If you're interested in networking and volunteering, please contact Beth Ann Nylander This is your opportunity to make an impact on our Section.

Your Section – Section of Excellence!

We are pleased to announce that your section is being recognized as a 2015-2016 Section of Excellence! This recognition symbolizes the section’s commitment to IFT, section members, and the food science and technology profession. You are vibrant communities of dedicated professionals that embody the spirit of IFT. The events held throughout the year, exemplary volunteers, dedication to students, and excellence in leadership demonstrate ongoing devotion to ensuring that the sections will flourish for years to come.

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On April 28th, MN-IFT held their annual Student Recognition Night to honor outstanding students of the section. Scholarship awards were presented to students in the following categories; Undergraduate, Graduate, Travel, and the Elwood F. Caldwell Volunteer Service.

The evening also recognized the winners of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences State Competition Award Winners. Congratulations to all of the outstanding recipients!!

Click Here to view the winners.