Students

Treasury winemaker pursues his PhD in the Boulton Lab

July 31, 2018

Bob Coleman is a fourth year Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry student studying the kinetics and mechanism of wine oxidation with Dr. Roger Boulton in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. He was born and raised, third generation, in Sonoma County wine country, and still resides there with his wife, Cynthia, and daughter, Shannon. After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry at UC Davis in 1993, he returned home and took a temporary harvest cellar position at Chateau Souverain in Alexander Valley.

Student Spotlight: Graduate student Derek Baljeu

July 24, 2018

About a decade ago if you chose to visit Huntington Beach, there was a good chance you would see Derek Baljeu relaxing on the sand, surfing in the water, or hiking on the local trail. Fast forward to high school and you could find him out in the field or in the classroom. A majority of his earlier years were split between being team captain of the football team and being enrolled in a demanding business program.

2018 VEN Scholarship Celebration

July 24, 2018

On June 5, the 2018 Viticulture and Enology Scholarship Celebration occurred at the Good Life Garden at UC Davis.  The celebration was held to recognize the 15 graduate and 35 undergraduate students who had won scholarships, as well as ten students who were awarded international internships.

Students, donors, staff and faculty mingled and enjoyed a barbecue catered by the faculty of the department, as they celebrated the awards which totaled over $340,000 for scholarships and $57,000 for international internships.

Congratulations to all the student awardees!

 

PhD candidate in Marco Lab wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Andrea Thompson April 30, 2018

PhD student Eric Stevens was selected to receive a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. His application was selected out of over 12,000 applicants across the US. Eric’s research focuses on the metabolic capabilities of lactic acid bacteria.

He writes about his research:

On Picnic Day, FST treats guests to ice cream

April 30, 2018

On behalf of the Department of Food Science and Technology, we want to thank everyone for helping make Picnic Day a success!

Yet again we had a popular exhibit with long but friendly lines of guests waiting as students handed out vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate chips. The ice cream lasted long, throughout the entire duration of Picnic Day from 10am to 2:30pm. We even handed ice cream out past our official end time until the volunteer shifts ended.  All in all, approximately 3,500 servings were distributed!

Great job to all the FST volunteers!

Student Spotlight: Undergraduate Renee Berkus

April 19, 2018

Renee Berkus is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Department of Viticulture and Enology.  She is from Santa Barbara, California where she has returned home the last three summers to spend time with family and gain harvest experience.  Renee’s family is made up of architects, contractors, and interior designers, so she grew up deeply immersed in artistic work.  She hadn't been exposed to the wine industry until she came to UC Davis and became surrounded by it.    

PhD candidate in Marco Lab selected to work in Uganda Andrea Thompson April 18, 2018

Annabelle Yu, a 4th year PhD student in the Marco lab, was selected to travel to Uganda this year as part of a Trellis Fund Project from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture. She will join the Mwino Group to focus on enhancing shelf-life of fruits and vegetables for off-season supply.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture's website explained they have "awarded 15 new Trellis Fund grants to organizations in Africa and Asia, matching these new projects to 16 graduate students who will provide agriculture expertise requested by the organizations.

Course Profile: FST 298 - Design Thinking for Food

April 16, 2018

FST 298 Design Thinking for Food seeks to train the next generation of food system innovators to integrate social and technical approaches to addressing complex food system challenges by using the tools of Design Thinking and drawing on the insights of Food Studies. Design Thinking is an approach to innovation that takes technical feasibility and business viability seriously, but its unique strengths come from its insistence on centering the experience of people, including users, collaborators and stakeholders.

Marie and William Cruess Scholarships awarded to nine FST students

April 16, 2018

Nine FST juniors and seniors were recently awarded Marie and William Cruess Scholarships at the NCIFT-sponsored Food Science and Technology Showcase on March 1.  This banquet was created as an annual event to bring together industry, faculty, and students, and to recognize student accomplishment.  The award recognizes Mrs. Marie and Professor William Cruess, who was a pioneer in the production of fruit juice beverages, concentrates, and syrups.