LIFT (Leaders in Food Technology) is a week long, summer camp held on ASU campus which gives attendees a sneak peak at college life and the world of Food Science Research. LIFT participants get to investigate the science of modern meat and food production and safety. This competitive program, held the summer before your freshman year in college, will give attendees a preview of campus life with programs covering a variety of topics including student organizations, scholarship opportunities and tours of campus to help line out your schedule for the fall. Much of the week will involve you in hands-on research experiences at out Food Safety and Product Development Laboratory where you will be involved in making your very own food product. The LIFT program is fully-funded competitive program and each selected participant will receive a monetary award. Cost of lodging, meals and travel are covered for each selected student. Apply for LIFT here.
Meat and Food Science Program
The Meat and Food Science program is a division of the ASU Agriculture Department. The program is based in the Food Safety and Product Development Laboratory, which is located off campus and adjacent to the department’s Management, Instruction and Research Center.
Meat and Food Science offers several research and data collection services, such as shear force analysis, microbial analyses and specialized processing, among others. The lab is also fully equipped with harvesting, processing, cooking/smoking and packaging capabilities. Meat that is processed in the lab is sold weekly in the Agriculture Department’s Meat Market.
Student assistants work and learn at the Food Safety and Product Development Laboratory. The Meat and Food Science program supports and enhances university teaching, research and extension activities.
ASU’s Agriculture Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science with a minor in meat and food science. Diverse courses help students pursue specialized interests and career goals. The program offers several extracurricular judging, research and outreach activities.
The Food Safety and Product Development (FSPD) Laboratory gives students the opportunity to harvest, process and develop case-ready products for the public, as well as assist with laboratory testing for microbial pathogens in harvested livestock.
The laboratory facility allows students to learn from experiences that are unattainable in a classroom setting. Undergraduate and graduate students work with professors to learn techniques that are vital to their future careers.
For more information about the Agriculture Department, visit the Prospective Students page.