Attention Undergraduates and Graduates,
We are excited to announce that there is a new product development experience available to students for credit next semester! Herbalife is sponsoring a product development project exclusive to UMass students. Interested students will be required to commit 3 credit hours a week (Undergrads: FS396, Grads: FS696) to develop a new product that fits within a defined concept proposed by Herbalife. Students will meet weekly (Mondays 5-8pm) in the Pilot Plant for bench top development working directly with a product development coach. Only participating students are eligible to apply for an internship at their facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the summer of 2016 Herbalife. More information is outlined below.
Background: Herbalife provides nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products exclusively to and through dedicated customers that are members of their program. They offer a wide variety of products to meet the demands of their consumers and are looking to develop a platform of products to build their portfolio. UMass and Herbalife have established a partnership that enables a product development experience for currently enrolled food science students. The program helps provide an educational experience to our UMass food science students while identifying novel approaches for the development of new food products for Herbalife. In addition to the hands-on classroom laboratory experiences conducted at UMass, participating students will be eligible to compete for a paid internship position at one of the Herbal Life facilities during the summer of 2016.
Approach: In the spring semester at UMass (Mondays 5-8PM), we will host a 3 credit Product Development Seminar (Undergrads: FS396, Grads: FS696) in which students will be placed into groups and will be tasked to develop a product using one of the Herbalife product concepts previously provided. The proposed concept will be determined on the first day of class and the chosen concept will be the focus for rest of the semester. The course will include at least 3 hours of lab time per week under the instruction of a trained product development lecturer over a period of 14 weeks. Students will be responsible for identifying/developing their own marketing concept, sourcing commercially available ingredients, product formulations, raw material costs, ingredient statement and calculated nutrition facts. The course instructor will provide technical guidance, development coaching and monitor overall product development needs. At the last day of class, student teams will present their finished prototype and final report (including the development materials) to the Herbalife team. The winning teams will receive an award totaling up to $7,500 presented by the Food Science Department on behalf of Herbalife. A defined rubric will be established by the instructor for classroom grading for the course. However, the overall scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Herbalife team.
Participation: To enroll into this program all interested students must: 1) Enroll for 3 credits of Independent study: Undergrads: FS396, Grads: FS696, 2) sign in with Fran manually at the front desk of Chenoweth. NOTE: All graduate students must have email approval from their advisor sent to Amanda Kinchla firstname.lastname@example.org you can participate in this program.
If you have additional questions regarding this program, contact Amanda Kinchla, email@example.com.
Food Science Department
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003