At MSU’s Pilot Plant, members of the MSU FSC get hands-on experience as food engineers by annually implementing the Bully Box Project. By participating in this student-run project, members have the opportunity to learn about processing tools and production measures from start to finish. After production, students package and market their finished products as a club fundraiser. Members are not only building skills as food scientists, but are also developing valuable career skills such as leadership, teamwork, multitasking, and problem-solving.
MSU’s Dairy Judging Team creates a new, exciting experience for club members as they get to learn how to professionally judge dairy products by identifying different textures and flavors. Skills such as these are very valuable in the food industry. By participating, students also have the opportunity to travel and compete nationally.
The MSU FSC has several opportunities for members to travel and broaden their learning experience. Each year members attend the Institute of Food Technologists\' annual meeting. Past meetings have taken students to New Orleans, Chicago, and as far as California! Students are introduced to the latest industry trends and network with several food industry professionals. Other trips such as plant industry tours and departmental field trips are among other travel opportunities for members.
Interested in creating and developing your ideas? FSC now has a new product development team. After innovating new products, members can then enter competitions between other universities to compare their products and represent MSU.
The IFTSA College Quiz Bowl is another competition in which FSC members participate. Students travel to regional and national tournaments to compete in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia.