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Food Science

Where in the world can you network with professional leaders in the food industry, visit the headquarters of numerous food-manufacturing plants and learn how to make a McDonald's Big Mac? That place would be the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Food Institute in Chicago.

Senior Steve Bookbinder's goal while at Penn State is to be exposed to all sorts of different product-development and operations environments in the meat industry. Last summer he found an opportunity at Animex, Poland's largest meat processing company.

Most college students originally enrolled in their studies following high school graduation, but Penn State food science major Steve Bookbinder took a different path.

Kenzie Brancato's internship at Ainsworth provided an invaluable look into the pet food industry, as well as the food industry, because they are so similar.

Penn State junior Kenzie Brancato had a revelation of sorts when she interned with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition last year.

You don't have to be in a study-abroad program to get traveling experience, Natalie Masters can tell you. The Penn State Food Science major made her way through Chile during the University's 2011 spring break as part of an embedded course trip. ...

Maggie Harding has been watching Penn State volleyball since she was 5 years old, never dreaming that playing the sport herself in a fifth-grade gym class would lead to a spot on the very team she idolized. ...

Jan. 10 was like any other Tuesday at the Penn State Meats Lab, where animals raised on the University's farms are brought to harvest and processed, with the finished products available for sale on Friday. ...

It is a time-honored tradition for winery workers to grow a beard during the grape-harvest season. Zach Evanitsky, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences this spring with a degree in Food Science, followed this practice while interning with Mazza Vineyards, near Lake Erie in North East, Pa....

Growing up in the little town of Summerdale, Pa., near Harrisburg, Brianna Hrusko never suspected that she would land a job most would envy, or that her job would take her around the world. ...

Denise Gardner knew she liked wine before she even tasted it. The Reading, Pa., native, who grew up in tiny Robesonia, Pa., was sure of her interest in the wine industry when applying to college. When Gardner decided to attend Penn State, she chose to major in Food Science and minor in Horticulture. She knew her education would prepare her well ...

Hilary Peterson came to Penn State in 2005 to major in Food Science and ended up with a sumptuously sweet deal four years later. After graduating in 2009, she took her dream job with the Mecca of candy corporations, the Hershey Company. ...

If breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, then Agnes Lim is a very important person. The Penn State Food Science major, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences last spring, landed two internships with the Kellogg Company, the world's leading producer of cereal and other nutritious breakfast foods, in the fall of ...

For most, the idea of consuming a chemistry project sounds far from appetizing. For Laura Weir, however, it might just be the sweetest meal of the day....

The food industry is a great field to be in because no matter what the economic climate is, people are always going to eat, according to Andy Hirneisen, a 2007 Food Science graduate who now works for The Hershey Company....

Every college student dreams of getting the opportunity to land the perfect career after graduation, but if you can't find it, why not create it? While at Whole Foods Market, recent Penn State Food Science graduate Jill Kuzo had the opportunity to do just that as head of her own gluten-free testing lab....