FAMU Food Science Program

Food Science Program


Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Food Science graduates! Our Food Science graduates included:
Shayla Mason
Dorian Clark
Cierra Edwards
Riann White
Meghan Spencer
Darius Batten
Briana Orsborn
Esi Sawyer


Congratulations to Food Science student Sierra Johnson who was a contestant in the FAMU Miss Collegiate 100 pageant! Sierra received the title of Miss Congeniality! The Food Science Program is extremely proud!


Congratulations to Fall 2018 Food Science graduates Zachary Wilson, Tatiana Hughes, and Aubrey Cross! The College of Agriculture and Food Sciences presented these students with gifts to celebrate their achievement!



Congratulations to Food Science major Olivia Gilstrap! Ms. Olivia Gilstrap was one of the recipients of the George Washington Carver Birthplace Award For Innovation and Service. She was presented this award on September 25th, 2018 at Tuskegee University. Ms Gilstrap also received a $1000 scholarship for this great achievement.


Congratulations to our Spring 2018 Food Science graduates Shakara Herron and Kassidy Sharpe!!!


Thanks to our panel, students, and volunteers who helped to make our National Nutrition Month event a success!!!


Join us on 3/27/18!!! Please share!!!


FAMU Food Science students touring Flower's Bakery


Congratulations to the students who completed the Nutrition L.E.A.D.S. Scholars Program under the leadership of Dr. Jenelle Robinson. The Nutrition L.E.A.D.S Scholars Program was designed to increase student engagement with nutrition and related programming. Are you interested in learning more about the program? Contact Dr. Jenelle Robinson at [email protected].


Congratulations to Summer 2017 FAMU Food Science graduate Gabrielle Dukes!


Congratulations to Spring 2017 Food Science graduates Josephine Gelin and Ryan Kornegay!


The 2017 National Nutrition Month Event was a success! Thanks to CAFS, FAMU Extension, the Institute of Public Health, the Dept. of Psychology, and our speaker Mr. Marquese McFerguson!


Join us on Monday at 12:30pm!!!


Join us on March 20th!!!



Here's what Nutella is actually made of. Learn more about the science behind food at: FAMU Food Science Program



What is your classification?
A: I am a 3rd year FAMU Food Science Student.

Why did you choose to major in Food Science?
A: The reason why I chose Food Science is because I have always loved food and I have always wanted to be a scientist; so why not combine the two and make a great career out of it.

What type of job opportunities would interest you?
A: The types of job opportunities that I would be interested in are Food Safety Officer, Flavor Chemist, Food Chemist, Food Microbiologist, Food Processor or Food Biotechnologist.

What are you looking to do after graduation?
A: I am looking to pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) in Food Science at a graduate school.

What interesting things have you been involved in as a Food Science student; or what opportunities have been provided to you because you were student in the Food Science program?
A: I was afforded many opportunities to conduct research at FAMU and I even got the opportunity to meet many officials at the USDA in Washington D.C.

In your free time, what are your hobbies?
A: In my free time, I like to cook, swim, hang out with friends, watch tv and playing cards.



Name: Dorian Clark
Classification: Junior

Why did you choose to major in Food Science?

The reason I choose to major in Food Science is that every since a young age I have been interested with food once I even thought about becoming a chef, yet I was interested with the creation and processing of foods, and so that is why I made the decision to choose Food Science.

What type of internship opportunities would interest you?

The type of opportunities that would interest me is being able to work for various food companies and learn as much as possible about my field.

What are you looking to do after graduation?

After graduation I would like to get a job, to start paying off my college debt, but if i can find a free ride to obtain a master's degree I certainly would.

What interesting things have you been involved in as a Food Science student; or what opportunities have been provided to you because you were a student in the Food Science program?

We were given the chance to travel to DC and have a sit down meeting with the USDA, discussing agriculture and learning about all of the different branches of the USDA.

In your free time, what are your hobbies?

In my free time my hobbies include hanging out with friends, studying the bible, and finding opportunities to make an IMPACT on the community through community service.



Name: Cierra Edwards
Classification: Junior

Why did you major in Food Science?

“I chose to major in Food Science because a lot of my family members suffer from heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. I thought it would be interesting to find out more about how I could help to reverse some of the effects and how to figure out what changes I could make for myself to live a healthy lifestyle.”

What type of internship opportunities would interest you?

“Even though I joined Food Science for Nutrition I am open to exploring many internships. There are so many opportunities with this major that I would enjoy having any internship related to the field. I really like to learn and have new experiences However, If I could obtain a Nutrition or USDA internship I would be very happy.”

What are you looking to do after graduation?

“After graduation I would like to get a high paying career that would allow me to pay off my loans quickly. And later return to school to get a masters or Ph.D in food science or a related science ( poultry science etc.) depending on desired career path.”

What interesting things have you been involved in as a Food Science student?

“Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to Orlando and visit on of the nutraceutical companies who was working on using seaweed to make medicines and a very strong fish oil to help people get their omega 3's. During this same trip we were able to visit a very upscale establishment; where the IFT convention was being held. We got to talk with product development specialist who gave out free samples, we talked with distributors, flavor chemists, and Colleges that had food science graduate programs. It was an exceptionally beneficial field trip.”

In your free time, what are your hobbies?

“In my free time I go to bible study with all of my friends where we are free to express our curiosities and listen to one another. Impact campus ministry is a great way for me to get all of my anxiety out from the week.”


USDA | Outreach | Education | 1890

If you are a high school student who is interested in the Food Science program at FAMU, please check out the scholarship opportunity below. If you are already a student in the Food Science Program at FAMU, and you are a freshman or sophomore, this might also be a good opportunity for you....the deadline is 12/31/16.

outreach.usda.gov The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is implemented under the USDA Fellows Experience Program (FEP). Scholars accepted into the pr...


The Food Science Program participated in CAFS Pathways to Professions Conference. Several faculty and students talked with high school students about the opportunities available in Food Science.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jenelle Robinson on being selected as the winner of the 2016 FAMU Teaching Innovation Award (junior faculty category)! Dr. Robinson joined the Food Science Program in 2015 as an Assistant Professor. In the sixteen months that she has been in the classroom, Dr. Robinson has made her mark as an excellent and innovative instructor. Her achievement was recognized at FAMU's Founder's Day Convocation where she received a plaque and a $1,500 check! Congratulations to our 2016 Innovative Teacher, Dr. Jenelle Robinson!


Yesterday, Food Science students were treated to two wonderful presentations from representatives of Miller Coors (T. Jackson) and PepsiCo (T. Johnson (alum)). Both representatives provided insight and excellent wisdom about seeking employment and being employed in the food industry.


Please join the Food Science Program in congratulating Khyrrah Cymone Shepard who was one of our Spring 2016 Food Science graduates.


"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


As the semester is coming to a close, and final exams are upon us, FAMU’s Food Science Faculty and Staff wants to encourage our students to “FINISH STRONG!” Here are 5 tips from the Food Science Faculty and Staff on finishing strong…

1.Preparation for final exams begins now and not the day before. Try answering mock questions in preparation for the final. –Dr. Neil James

2.Make sure to get advised for Summer and Fall course selections. –Dr. Mitwe Musingo

3.Create a priority list to ensure that you complete important tasks. – Connie Newman

4.Continue to manage your time even though it is only a little over a week left in the semester. Continue to study in preparation for your finals and manage your time correctly. –Dr. Keawin Sarjeant

5.Don’t forget to eat! The stress of finals can cause students to forgo eating healthy and regularly. Make sure to keep healthy snacks like pretzels, fruits, and veggies handy as you study. –Dr. Jenelle Robinson


Join the Food Science Program, along with other programs in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, at the Pathways to Professions Conference...


A couple of weeks ago, Food Science students visited Gatorade in Kissimmee, FL and had an enriching learning experience...


Thanks to all who participated in the FAMU Food Science Event: Fat, Food, and Fit Figures. This effort to celebrate National Nutrition Month was successful with over 200 in attendance at Tookes Recreation Center! We’d like to send special thanks to our primary sponsor, FDACS- Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness.


Faculty Highlight:
Dr. Jenelle N. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Food Science Program. Dr. Robinson comes to FAMU with not only experience in the academy, but a vast amount of nutrition and health work experience as she has over a decade of programmatic and administrative experience working with various groups in Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia. She possesses a B.S. in Health Education from the University of Central Arkansas, an M.A. in Dietetics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a PhD in Nutrition from Mississippi State University. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Her current research interests include exploring dietary behaviors in association with spirituality and religion among African Americans, as well as examining body image ideas and diet among African American women.


FAMU's Food Science students had a great learning experience at IFT Suppliers' Night. They also had an opportunity to visit a local Nutraceutical Company.



FAMU's Food Science students are scheduled to attend IFT Suppliers' Night (Florida). What is IFT? Check it out...


ift.org For more than 70 years, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has been unlocking the potential of the food science community by creating a dynamic global forum where members from more than 100 countries can share, learn, and grow.


Alumni/Faculty Highlight:

Conchita Newman, M.S. is an Extension Agent Faculty in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) Cooperative Extension at Florida A&M University with a program focus of STEM Food and Nutrition Sciences. The program combines Food Science and Nutrition to demonstrate the interconnected relations of food as it relates to human health. Her research and projects has focused on the physicochemical properties of muscadines, organic growth and analysis of chicken, nutrition education, aspects of childhood obesity and STEM projects with elementary and middle school student.

Mrs. Newman received her B.S. from The Florida State University in Nutrition and Food Science and her M.S. from Florida A&M University in Food Science.

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