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Engage with FST

Make an impact at FST

Whether you want to make an impact on our students, collaborate on research, have us conduct analysis on a product, or just stay in touch with your alma mater, there are plenty of ways to engage with FST!

The header graphic for the Engage with FST page featuring images of alumni with Hokie Bird, Hershey reps speaking to the Food Science Club, and a student working in the lab.

Industry and Research Partnerships

FST's Brian Wiersema poses with Hardywood employees and Fightin' Hokies Lager

Explore the possibilities of collaboration with our dynamic faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and varied research portfolio. Whether it's partnering on a new food product, utilizing our pilot plant facility to test production processes, or having the Sensory Lab develop a flavor profile for your product, we are committed to forging lasting partnerships across industry, government, and academia that inspire innovation and scientific advancement.

Alumni Network

Alumni stop by to visit Dr. Herbert Bruce and the FST brewery

Join our thriving alumni community! Whether you're a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, we invite you to stay in touch, share your successes, and contribute to the continued growth of the FST family. Reconnect with former classmates, expand your professional network, and stay informed about exciting developments within the department. Explore opportunities to mentor current students, participate in alumni events, and give back to the department. Your journey with FST doesn't end at graduation!

Give to FST

When you give to FST, you're making a direct impact on our students and faculty. All gifts we receive help fund our student groups, scholarships, classroom renovations, study abroad programs, lab equipment, and more:

  • A $25 gift supports our Student Product Development Team by funding their travel to product development competitions all over the country.
  • A $100 gift helps purchase new equipment so our undergraduates can get the hands-on experience that makes FST students so sought-after by food industry employers.
  • A $1000 gift funds a travel scholarship that will allow students to participate in our Practical and Theoretical Brewing Exchange, which offers them the opportunity to study the ancient art of brewing at the oldest brewery in the world in Freising, Germany.