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2016 Student Networking

Speed Mentoring Networking Social
Tuesday, October 25
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

(Supported by the Professional Development Panel)
Through a series of quick exchanges with multiple contacts, you’ll have the chance to seek career and research guidance, hear about the experiences of others, and potentially find a long-term mentor/protégé match. Bring plenty of business cards, and plan on building connections that could last a lifetime. Preregistration is required.

Developing Our Future Leaders:
Bringing your best self to the table workshop

Tuesday, October 25
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This workshop is focused on developing the leaders of the future. It is important to have strong technical representatives in cereal disciplines. By providing applicable information that students will not pick up from course work, this symposium will act to provide knowledge on soft skills that will complement their technical expertise. This symposium will cultivate experience in personal development, and highlight the importance of volunteerism, culture affinity, enhanced public speaking ability, personal organization, a strong professional network, team mentality, and business acumen.

Speakers and topics:
Directing your message. L. BREWER, General Mills, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.
Key attributes of associate professors hired into academia. R. FLORES, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, U.S.A.
Bringing your best self to the table. K. SCHERF, Deutsche Forschungsanstalt Fur Lebensmittelchemie, Freising, Germany
Interviews: qualitative research on an investment. D. ORTIZ, Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, MI, U.S.A.

Student Product Development Competition

Monday, October 24
8:30 – 12:00 p.m.

The Student Association Product Development Competition (PDC) is organized by students and sponsored by AACCI corporate member organizations. The PDC provides a great opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to create food products for the real world. The competition encourages innovative thinking and promotes the connection between academic research and industrial production. Students work individually or in a teams to develop a novel food products containing at least one major cereal/legume ingredient.


California State University, Hayk Harutyunyan
Kansas State University, Lu Wang, Karolina Sanchez, Gagan Gandhi, Bingyi Li       
Louisiana State University, Kristen Kramer, Kristina Cook

Texas A&M University, Julia Brantsen, Tadesse Teferra, Shreeya Ravisankar, Derrick Amoako
Washington State University, Jessica Murray, Michael Taylor, Noelle Lebow

Best Student Research Paper Competition

Tuesday, October 25
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

The AACC International Professional Development Panel will be hosting the 8th annual Best Student Research Paper Competition to be held at the 2016 AACCI Annual Meeting. The objectives of the competition are to challenge students to demonstrate superior presentation skills, encourage students to present their research work at AACCI, highlight the best research conducted and presented by students, and offer an opportunity for students to interact with the AACCI community at an early stage in their career.

Congratulations to the 2016 Finalists!

Cassie Anderson, North Dakota State University
Audrey Girard, Texas A&M University
Jessica Murray, Washington State University
Luis Sabillon, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Kathrin Schalk, Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Lebensmittelchemie (DFA)
Yunus Tuncil, Purdue University

2016 Student Research Leadership Program

AACCI is focused on promoting enhanced student participation within the organization. This program is designed to provide funds to facilitate research in key areas of interest that will have an immediate impact on cereal science. 

Katherine Brackebusch
Kansas State Wheat Quality Lab
Research area: Whole-wheat baking method

Nabeel Taher Tiskam Al-Zuwaid
University of New England, Armidale, Australia
Research area: Pasta cooking method