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.

FSHN Department News

Iowa State University research addresses health in aging adults
Ames, IA —Scientists representing universities throughout the country have teamed up for research and outreach to address ways to improve health disparities facing aging adults.

AnDré Blanks became interested in pursuing a career as a dietitian during an information session his freshman year at Iowa State. Since then, he has become a registered dietitian and is working toward a doctorate degree. Submitted photoPersonal rewards outweigh challenges faced on way to becoming a dietitian
While some students come to Iowa State University knowing what they want to study, others don’t make that decision until after they’ve arrived on campus. Such was the case with a Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) alumnus.

Lyndi Buckingham-Schutt, a doctoral student in food science and human nutrition, is completing a two-year study that shows how pregnant women successfully prevented excessive weight gain. Photos by Ryan RileyDiet, exercise, and counseling combine to limit weight gain during pregnancy
New research by Iowa State University shows that women can nearly double their chances of preventing excessive weight gain during pregnancy — and ensure a healthier future for themselves and their babies — with a comprehensive “lifestyle intervention.”

Stephanie Hice, a food science graduate student, works in the new Kemin Food Science Laboratory. A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated teaching lab will be July 12, at 9 a.m.Dedication ceremony scheduled for new food science lab at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — A newly renovated food science teaching laboratory, made possible by a charitable contribution from Mary A. Kelleher Nelson and R.W. Nelson and Kemin Industries, will be dedicated July 12 at Iowa State University. The dedication ceremony for the Kemin Food Science Laboratory, which is open to the public, will begin at 9 […]

A C-SPAN crew records Ruth MacDonald\'s class lecture, which will air on American History TV. MacDonald explained how products such as corn flakes and graham crackers were developed to improve health. Photo by Christopher GannonAmerican History TV to feature Iowa State lecture on the evolution of nutrition
Nutritional deficiency diseases such as goiter and rickets were common conditions in America 100 years ago, but now you rarely hear of such cases.

Taylor Dulaney, a senior in culinary food science, spent the spring 2017 semester at Walt Disney World, working as an intern alongside chefs from all over the world. Submitted photoExperiencing the other side of Disney
Growing up, Taylor Dulaney and her family took annual trips to Walt Disney World in Florida. So when it came time for her to find an internship, it was no surprise her dream was to become a Disney intern.

Virginia \"Ginny\" Wangerin says Iowa State\'s BSN program meets a need as more medical centers encourage nurses to continue their education. Photo by Ryan RileyNew Iowa State degree to advance skills of nurses, improve patient care
The Iowa Board of Regents has approved plans for a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Iowa State University.

Rising Star Intern Leah Brooke, senior in dietetics, takes part in a gardening workshop with kids in northwest Iowa.Summer internships provide springboard to careers
At least 345 College of Human Sciences students are putting their learning into practice this summer and gaining valuable work experience through internships in Iowa and across the globe. A number of those students are from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Lindsay MacNab, \'15 diet and exercise, combines her love for nutrition and exercise, as well as writing, in her career at FoodMinds.FSHN alumna's career shows diversity of diet and exercise degree
For one Iowa State University alumna, finding a way to combine her love for food with her passion for writing into a career was made possible by her degree from Iowa State.

Brian Klopf, \'17 food science, will begin coursework this fall in Europe to pursue a master\'s degree. He was one of 20 students selected for the competitive European Masters in Food Studies program.Food science graduate to pursue master's degree in Europe
A 2017 Iowa State University graduate is among 20 students selected to a competitive master’s program in Europe.