Ice Cream Flavor Creation in FDSC 1101

Students in ice cream lab

Stocking Hall Gallery

Stocking Hall Gallery

Food Chemistry Lab

Food Chemistry Lab
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Welcome to the Department of Food Science

We offer comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for leadership positions in the food industry, academia, and government. Our research programs are designed to expand understanding of the biological/microbiological, chemical, physical, sensory, nutritional, and engineering properties of foods and beverages. Our extension and outreach programs transfer research-based information and technology to consumers, food and beverage companies, and government agencies with the goal of enhancing the availability, quality, and safety of our food supply. 

New Position Opening:  
Northwest Regional Extension Associate - Produce Safety Alliance


Cornell University International Symposium: Validation of Nonthermal Technologies

Sunday, October 29 through Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Registration is now open!  View the event website for further details.
Registration deadline: September 29, 2017

Food Science News

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Cornell-IBM Team to Protect Global Milk Supply

Jun 26, 2017
“As a global leader in food safety and dairy research, we are committed to using our multidisciplinary expertise to secure the world’s food supply against harmful microbial contamination,” said Kathryn J. Boor ‘80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “Bringing Cornell into a private-public partnership with IBM, a world leader in technology and innovation, has the potential to deliver transformative research in the area of food safety and health.” Read more

New Process May Lead to Vaccine for Schistosomiasis

Jun 14, 2017
Carl Batt, Cornell’s Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in Food Science, and colleagues Leonardo Damasceno, Ph.D. ’08, of the Hertape Animal Health group in Brazil, and Gerd Ritter, of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, established and refined the production of the antigen Sm14, using a microbial host. Sm14 holds promise to stimulate an immune response in humans, serving as a potential preventative vaccine for schistosomiasis. Read more

Camp Campbell Inspires Women Scientists

May 12, 2017
Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Co., visited campus May 4 with a message for female food scientists: You too can be leaders in the food systems industry.  Morrison met with 14 Cornell undergraduate and graduate female food science students as part of Camp Campbell, an event to mentor and inspire the next generation of female food industry leaders.  Read more

Course teaches hard cider production, from fruit to fermentation

May 5, 2017
To prepare students to become leaders in the burgeoning cider industry, Peck and Kathleen Arnink, lecturer in the viticulture and enology program in the Department of Food Science, initiated the cider production lecture and laboratory course. The first of its kind in the country, the course in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences teaches the full cycle of production, from growing apples to fermenting cider. Read more