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Minority Graduate Student Scholarship

The Department of Food Science at the UMass Amherst is pleased to announce a graduate fellowship for minority students with U.S. citizenship.

The Department of Food Science at UMass is the major academic center for Food Science in New England and the only research oriented Department of Food Science in Massachusetts. The Department of Food Science at UMass is committed to and has achieved excellence and international prominence in Research, Scholarship and Teaching. The Department has 12 faculty members who participate in teaching, outreach and research, in the areas of Food Chemistry and Physics, Food Processing, Food Microbiology, Food Biotechnology, Health & Wellness, and Food Policy.

Food Science Department Highlights

  • Ranked within top three of US Food Science Department (Academic Analytics)
  • One of the oldest Food Science Departments in the US
  • Awarded over $2.9 million in extramural research grants annually, a figure that has increased over 50% in the past 5 years
  • Ranked #1 for student satisfaction in past 3 years in the UMass Graduating Senior Survey, which evaluate issues such as quality of teaching, advising and career preparation
  • Established successful Strategic Research Alliance with over 25 food companies, which plays a key role in identifying future needs in the food industry for undergraduate and graduate training programs as well as providing unique research opportunities
  • Established successful Policy Alliance with over 10 Food Industry members and is collaborating actively with the UMass Center for Public Policy and Administration to offer graduate degrees in Food Science Policy

Exciting Research Projects in Food Science at UMass

  • Nano-particle delivery system for bioactive food components
  • Omega-3 fatty acids for foods and health
  • Unique bioactive food components in the fight against cancer
  • Identification of genetic determinants needed for biofilm production by Listeria monocytogenes on food processing surfaces
  • Development of quantitative real-time PCR for the quantification of food-borne pathogen in seafood products
  • Food based strategy for obesity and osteoporosis prevention using bone marrow stem cells and animal models

The Minority Graduate Student Scholarship will allow potential graduate students to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Food Science at UMass. The minimum academic qualifications for this scholarship are a B.S. and/or M.S. in Food Science or related subject. The fellowship will be available for 3 years, with a salary of $20,000 to $23,000 depending on the available resources from the faculty member(s) that the candidate will work with. If you are interested in, please contact Dr. Yeonhwa Park at or 413-545-1018.