Team members include (from left): Kim Le (undergraduate student), Greg Guidry (undergraduate student),Jesus Garcia (undergraduate student), Katy Duke (graduate student), Addison Gilbert (undergraduate student) Not pictured: Michael Diehl (undergraduate student)
Since 1985, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Student Association has hosted the College Bowl Competition to test the knowledge of food science student teams. Divided into 8 regions across the North American continent, College Bowl teams compete for a regional championship and then meet at the IFT Annual Meeting to compete for a national title. College Bowl is designed to facilitate interactions from students across the North American continent and to demonstrate students’ knowledge and acumen in a unique quiz game format that rewards correct answers and penalizes for incorrect answers. Oral and visual questions are categorized into numerous areas of expertise including food analysis, chemistry, law, microbiology, nutrition, packaging, processing, biotechnology, food service, sensory and toxicology, along with IFT knowledge, food history and current events. The Texas A&M College Bowl team is formed in early January each year and members study and train weekly for the regional competition in which they prevailed as 2018 South-Central champions. The team traveled to Chicago for the IFT18 Annual Meeting in July and competed against 7 other regional champions. After multiple rounds of intense competition, the Texas A&M College Bowl Team tied for 4th place in front of 300 food science students from across the continent.
Congratulations to the 2018 Texas A&M College Bowl Team! Gig ‘em Aggies!