2024 Food Science Seniors

Four years of Giant Leaps

Members of the 2024 Food Science senior class have made giant leaps both inside and outside of the classroom. While balancing the challenging course load of a food science student, these individuals have served in multiple leadership positions, secured competitive internships and jobs, and have made lifelong connections. Although these seniors have Food Science in common, each of them has experiences that makes their time at Purdue unique. Click on a senior to learn more about their Purdue Food Science experience and the giant leaps they have made so far.

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2024 Food Science Seniors

Kara Benbow

Kara Benbow

Kara has made quite the splash at Purdue while serving as the president of the Purdue Crew team. Kara also conducts pea protein edible film research in Dr. Kokini's lab and works in the pilot plant. After graduation, Kara will launch her career with PepsiCo as an Associate Food Scientist at their headquarters location in Plano, Texas.

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Malerie Kleiman

Malerie Kleiman

Malerie is a member of Shoemaker Cooperative and had the opportunity to study abroad in France last summer. After graduation, Malerie will begin her career with Nestle Purina in Davenport, Iowa as a Quality Management Development Associate. 

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Taylor Main

Taylor Main

Food Science senior Taylor Main is no stranger to ambition. From serving as the Directing Co-chair and President of Purdue Old Masters, to presenting her undergraduate research at national conferences, Taylor has shined bright, but she is just getting started. Long term, Taylor plans to attend medical school and become a rural physician.

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Ryan Stachler

Ryan Stachler

Ryan is a Boilermaker sports fan who is minoring in Fermentation. Ryan says he appreciates the connections that he has made with industry and alumni because of Purdue Food Science. After graduation, Ryan hopes to pursue a career in quality assurance.

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