Tad Beekman is a U of A Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in Food Science.
Tad Beekman, a U of A graduate student in food science, is one of seven students selected nationwide to receive a $ 10,000 Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation scholarship.
Beekman, who received a Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship at the U of A Graduate School and International Education, was also nominated for the Student Advisory Board of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Beekman is advised by Han-Seok Seo, associate professor of food science and researcher and scientist at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the U of A System Division of Agriculture.
“This is great news, which means that Tad’s endless motivation and activity has paid off in both meat-related research and the meat industry network,” said Seo. “He deserves it and I’m very proud of him.”
In the spring, he was one of three U of A students, all of whom were on the food science program at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and were selected to receive scholarships from Feeding Tomorrow: The Foundation of the Institute of Food Technologists. He won the Evergreen Award for Outstanding Presentation that Develops or Expands a Method at the National Conference for Sensory Professionals in 2020 and the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Science Communication Podcast Award in 2019, and took second place in the Arkansas Chapter Gamma Sigma Delta Ph. 2019. .D. Poster competition.
In 2021, Phi Tau Sigma, the Honor Society of Food Science and Technology, also presented its research publication showing how different types of straws or lids can influence consumer acceptance and monetary value perception of iced coffee beverages. Beekman is also President of the Food Science Club.
“The MISA Foundation is proud to announce its list of outstanding scholarship recipients for the 2021-22 school year,” said Brian Perkins, chairman of the MISA Foundation and president of the Processing Group, Diversified Food & Health, JBT Corporation. “The Board of Trustees congratulates the winners and wishes them all the best for the coming school year and all future endeavors. This year’s group of applicants was particularly strong, which made our selection process very difficult. It is nice to see that even in the challenging times that we have all gained over the past 18 months of experience and have dedicated students who are working hard to expand their knowledge and create a foundation for a successful career in this industry too create.”
The Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance is the non-profit meat industry council of the Food Processing Suppliers Association, which is actively committed to continuous improvement on behalf of its members and the meat industry.
The MISA Foundation is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization established to maintain, promote, and develop cutting-edge technology and technical information by promoting the education of meat and food science students.
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