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

Allie Lansman, right, pictured with her mom, Angela, was presented the Outstanding Young Alum award by the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Lansman is a 2016 Iowa State University graduate in dietetics, currently on the path to become a registered dietitian. Contributed photoIowa State alumna honored for 4-H service
On the path to become a registered dietitian, one Iowa State University alumna has stuck to her 4-H roots. Allie Lansman (’16 dietetics) was presented the Outstanding Young Alum award, given by the Iowa 4-H Foundation at the 2017 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala.

The mission of the North Central Region Center for Food Safety Modernization Act Training is to teach farmers and producers ways they can prevent food borne illnesses while growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Contributed photoNorth Central Region Center for Food Safety Modernization Act Training– one year in the books
With one year under its belt, the North Central Region Center for Food Safety Modernization Act Training (NCR FSMA) has made steady progress.

The classes Abby Shimon, \'16 nutritional science, took at Iowa State University are proving beneficial in her current role as an extension assistant for the Nutrition Education Program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Contributed photoClassroom assignments have real world impact for Iowa State alumna
Less than one year after her graduation from Iowa State University, one alumna already is seeing the impact of the college classes she took.

As an Iowa State University dietetic intern, Sarah Quick developed a composting program during a school nutrition rotation in Washington state. Contributed photoDietetic interns turn focus to the environment
As the world prepares to celebrate the 47th annual Earth Day this Saturday, Iowa State University is playing a leading role in increasing global awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Erin Bergquist, a senior clinician and dietetic internship instructor in food science and human nutrition, is co-chair of a national working group of […]

De\'Airius Salibi, second from right, a senior in food science, has made an impact on the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition during his four years at Iowa State.Salibi has become ‘the face of food science at Iowa State’
With spring graduation quickly approaching, one Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) student took time to reflect on his adventure at Iowa State University. De’Airius Salibi, a senior in food science and native of Iowa City, has made an impact on the FSHN Department at Iowa State since stepping foot on campus as […]

Dan Tarte, a senior double majoring in food science and genetics, will be headed to Yale University after graduating from Iowa State in May. Photo by Whitney SagerFood science student headed to Yale
Dan Tarte, a senior double majoring in food science and genetics, has been accepted at Yale University to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology.

Zenia Adiwijaya and Nathan Davis received honorable mention and second place, respectably, at the 2017 Student Flexible Design Challenge. They are pictured with Dr. Keith Vorst, instructor of the class in which the students were assigned to create their flexible packaging designs. Photo by Whitney SagerIowa State students place at flexible packaging competition
What started out as a class assignment ended with two Iowa State University students earning top honors at a national competition.

Natasha Gomez, a junior in kinesiology and health, and more than 50 of her peers practiced their poise during a recent etiquette dinner at Iowa State. Photo by Ryan Riley.College of Human Sciences students gain workplace readiness skills at etiquette dinner
Human Sciences students are making strides in their career preparation that would make etiquette expert Emily Post proud. More than 50 students participated Thursday in an etiquette dinner, a collaboration between the college’s career services office and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Student guests represented every College of Human Sciences department and […]

Iowa State students who worked last week with Harvest Farm in Wellington, Colorado were among 16 from the College of Human Sciences who spent their spring break doing service projects through Alternative Breaks. Contributed photos.Human sciences students spend their spring break serving others
Sixteen College of Human Sciences students, including one from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, were among 59 from Iowa State University who spent their spring break doing service projects aimed at helping those in need. Through the university’s Alternative Breaks program, students engaged in service learning in six states by working with […]

Joe Webb and Hannah Chute, founders of Iowa State Alzheimer’s-related clubs, educate others about Alzheimer’s disease research and caregiver support. Photo by Ryan Riley.Human Sciences students form campus clubs to increase Alzheimer’s disease awareness
Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. However, students within the College of Human Sciences are working to bring healing and hope to persons affected by Alzheimer’s, and to raise awareness for battling the disease.