Food Science and Human Nutrition

Enhancing human health and quality of life through education, research, and outreach in food and nutrition sciences.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at Iowa State University (ISU), located in the heartland of the United States, is among the top programs in the nation.

Administered by the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Sciences, FSHN offers significant opportunities for students to study in fully equipped, state of the art laboratories; network with professionals and alumni through student organizations and professional associations; study abroad in places like Spain, India, and Peru.

Our world-renowned faculty provide expertise on a diverse range of topics surrounding food and nutrition. They are on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research such as the nutritional relationships in cancer, diabetes and obesity and the development and production of new food products that promote health and prevent disease. Collaborating with the BioCentury Research Farm, Center for Crops Utilization Research, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center, and Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, and others, FSHN students and faculty are promoting health and well-being through food and nutrition.

Food Science and Human Nutrition News

FSHN's Hanyu Yangcheng wins IFT Global Student Innovation Challenge

Iowa State University won the top prize at a national new food product development competition!

FSHN's student honor society Phi Tau Sigma named national chapter of the year

Students in food science and human nutrition are garnering top national honors. Iowa State's local chapter of the Phi Tau Sigma honor society were named the Chapter of the Year at the Institute of Food Technologists annual national conference in Chicago, July 11, in Chicago More».

ISU Dietetics Interns complete community nutrition rotation in India

Students with the Iowa State University Dietetics Internship in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition completed their community nutrition rotation in Dharwad, India.

FSHN's Lily Benner wins first for IFT's best student research paper

Lily Benner, a graduate student in food science and human nutrition and adviser Stephanie Clark, won first place in best student research paper competition at IFT15 in Chicago. More».

FSHN's Hanyu Yangcheng takes invention to national finalists at IFT15 this weekend

Hanyu Yangcheng, a graduate student in food science and human nutrition, this weekend takes the KIK food stabilizer system he invented to be judged at the Institute of Food Technologists' Global Student Innovation Challenge.

FSHN's new product development class featured by Harvest Public Media

Iowa State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition's new product development class is featured in this article and video by Harvest Public Media

Where Do Those Holes in Swiss Cheese Come From?

Just where do those holes in Swiss cheese come from, anyway? Professor Stephanie Clark was featured in The New Yorker last week to discuss.


Groundbreaking Alzheimer's research featured by KCCI. Iowa Public Radio, Ames Tribune

Several media outlets including KCCI, Iowa Public Radio, and the Ames Tribune recently featured the groundbreaking Alzheimer's study conducted by Auriel Willette

WHO-TV to feature FSHN student Hanyu Yangcheng's new way to improve dairy desserts

Megan Reuther of WHO-TV is scheduled to do interviews May 27 with FSHN graduate student Hanyu Yangcheng and his adviser, Stephanie Clark, about the KIK food stabilizer system.

Phi Tau Sigma Initiation Ceremony

Let's give a round of applause for the new Phi Tau Sigma initiates of 2015! The Phi Tau Sigma Initiation Ceremony was held on April 21, 2015. Phi Tau Sigma has initiated 9 new members to its honor society this year: Christine Eckert, Johsua Lyte, Lauren Millen, Monica Primacella, Kendall Ryan, Anne Seely, Amanda Svoboda, Rachel Thalhuber and Stephanie Clark.



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First Row: Celia Bravard, Carmen Au, Danielle Franchetti, Charlwit Kulchaiyawat.

Second Row: Anne Seely, Nicole Walski, Monica Primacella, John Dzubak.

Third Row: Terri Boylston, Rachel Thalhuber, Stephanie Clark, Kendall Ryan, Christine Eckert


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    Ames, Iowa 50011

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    Iowa State University offers the only accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics in the State of Iowa for students who want to become registered dietitians and has been recognized by colleagues in the profession as a very well-respected and rigorous program.

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