Charles R. Stumbo Graduate Student Paper Competition

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2016 IFTPS Award Programs
Charles R. Stumbo Graduate Student Paper Competition

IFTPS invites papers from students presenting researched progress in methodologies, techniques, system technologies, or other topics relevant to thermal and/or non-thermal processing of food or biological materials including pharmaceuticals to make them shelf stable by inactivating pathogenic and spoilage-causing microorganisms.

All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited university program are eligible to enter.
Manuscripts submitted for competition should follow the style provided in J. Food Sci. 55:597.
Only complete manuscripts are accepted (not just abstract). Submit your manuscript in pdf format.

The student author of the award-winning manuscript will receive a cash prize of $2500 and be recognized as a featured speaker at the Institute’s annual meeting.
The second and third place winners will get $1500 and $1000, respectively and a recognition certificate.
All winners will receive free conference and symposium registrations, and a $500 travel grant and up to four nights hotel accommodation for those attending the conference.
As well as, a one-year membership in the Institute including the opportunity to utilize IFTPS’ career employment services for possible placement within the field of thermal processing.

Selection Process
Manuscripts will be evaluated by a jury of IFTPS members for content and relevance to the advancement of knowledge in thermal and/or non-thermal processing used to produce shelf stable foods and biological materials. Selection of the student recipient by the jury will be final and contingent upon the presentation of the paper by the recipient at the IFTPS annual meeting.

The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held February 21-26, 2016, Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, USA.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: January 13, 2016

Please submit FULL MANUSCRIPTS in PDF format by e-mail to Dr. Hosahalli Ramaswamy, Chair, IFTPS Stumbo Student Paper Competition, using the following email: with subject line clearly marked “IFTPS Charles Stumbo Student Paper Competition”.


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Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship


INTERNAL deadline: January 22, 2016

Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship

The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to Master’s and doctoral Aboriginal students. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition, administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning. Approximately a dozen new fellowships are offered each year.

Amount: $16,175 – $18,200 per annum plus tuition

Deadline: INTERNAL deadline: January 22, 2016

Eligibility Summary

  • All Aboriginal students are eligible to apply, but priority is given to Aboriginal graduate students whose traditional territory falls, at least in part, within Canada.
  • Applicants may or may not be UBC graduate students at the time of application – the competition is open to both incoming and continuing graduate students.

Nomination Procedures / Materials

  • completed Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Application Form
  • copy of applicant’s Canadian Common CV (use the CGS Master’s form, save as a pdf)
  • copies of all university-level transcripts to 31 Dec 2015 (print-out of Academic History from SISC is acceptable for UBC transcript).

For complete information about this competition, please see the Graduate Awards website:

The contact at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for this competition is Angela Rizzo (

Research/Post-doc positions @ Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan


The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan is looking to fill four, full-time research positions (one senior project researcher, three project researchers) for the “Lifeworlds of Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Agrifood Systems in Transition” (FEAST Project) to begin in April 2016.

Taking a bottom-up, action research approach, this interdisciplinary project seeks to understand and catalyze sustainable agrifood transition through the co-creation of new communities of social practice and collective action at locations in developed and emerging Asian countries.  The project looks to combine and advance three particular realms of research: 1) alternative food network and sustainable food planning research that seeks to define appropriate scales for “foodsheds” and supports evidenced-based, collaborative approaches to agrifood governance, 2) sustainable consumption research on the critical socio-cultural elements that shape human behavior in diverse Asian contexts, and 3) socio-technical transition research on the effectiveness of community futures envisioning, valorization, and market transparency based interventions.

Minimum Requirements
•   PhD in relevant field
•   Experience or knowledge working in Asia (in particular, Japan, China, Thailand, Bhutan)
•   Ability to communicate and write in English; Ability to speak Japanese is beneficial but not essential

Submission Deadline:  January 15th, 2016

Full descriptions of each of the four positions can be found at this link:

For more information on the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature: (English); (Japanese)