Food Science Department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana has created an “Industry Fellows Program”,
intended to attract the best and brightest students toward graduate
studies in Food Science. The Department has partnered in
graduate education with leading food companies, all of which seek to
hire our best graduate students as their employees. Students
selected for the program will be supported by industry gift funds
during their first year, then by faculty grant funds for the additional
one or two years for degree completion. This program is
limited to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and intend to pursue employment in
the food industry upon graduation. While working with Purdue Food
Science faculty on cutting-edge research projects during their graduate
studies, the students will be closely linked to participating food
companies. The outstanding students trained will then be well prepared for successful careers in the food industry.
Cargill, Con Agra Foods, General Mills, and Nestlé
Support of Graduate Students in First Year:
Four graduate students/year (M.S. or Ph.D.) will be selected as “Industry Fellows”, supported in their first year on a research assistantship of $20,000/year, made possible by industry gift funds.
Support for Remainder of Graduate Studies:
members in the Food Science Graduate Program will use grant funds to
support these students on research assistantship of $20,000/year for the
additional one or two years (M.S. or Ph.D., respectively) required for
completion of their graduate degrees.
Training in Signature Areas:
As much as
possible, based on the research interests of applicants, one student
will be selected every year in each of our four signature areas:
- Food Chemistry, Structure and Function
- Foods for Health
- Food Safety and Microbiology
- Food Processing, Engineering, and Technology Development
All Industry Fellows will be required to do one summer internship (paid by company) at one of the participating companies.
Industry Scientist Serving on Student Advisory Committee:
participating company will have the opportunity to have an industry
scientist serve on the advisory committee of one new Industry Fellow.
Strengths of the Graduate Program at Purdue:
Industry Fellows Program is led by the Department of Food Science, but
the Food Science Graduate Program includes not only all faculty in the Food Science
Department, but also select faculty in two other departments: Food Process Engineers from the Department of Agricultural & Biological
Engineering; and Nutritionists from the Department of Nutrition Science. All three are among the top-ranked departments
in the country, within their discipline, for both undergraduate and
graduate programs. Faculty members of the Food Science Graduate Program lead teams that do innovative, cutting-edge research.
Industry Fellows are selected from the pool of applications received by January 15th.
Industry Fellows begin graduate studies in May or August.