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Get to Know the Industry

$50 annually*

As an IFT Student member, you’ll be connected to the largest science of food community in the world, as well as have access to a number of resources that will keep you up to date on industry news, trends, and more. Student members get to enjoy most of the benefits as the Premier membership, plus free membership to the IFT Student Association.

With your IFT Student membership, here are just some of the benefits you’ll receive:

  • Access and the ability to connect with IFT’s talented and passionate community of food science and food technology professionals at the regional, national, and global levels through IFT’s regional Sections and online topic-based, Division communities
  • The print version of Food Technology magazine or the Journal of Food Science online
  • No page charges when publishing in the Journal of Food Science or Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety
  • Exclusive online resources like the IFT Career Center, IFT’s eMentor program, and IFT Connect (IFT’s online global community)
  • Volunteer and student leadership opportunities
  • Access to a whole inventory of IFT webcasts, virtual events, and podcasts for free
  • Opportunities to connect and network with other science of food professionals at local section events and IFT’s renowned annual event
  • Steep discounts on online and in-person courses and special events
  • Up-to-date industry news via our newsletters, reports, and virtual events

Criteria for Student Membership

  • Matriculation in an educational institution as a full-time student pursuing a degree (Associates or higher) in the field of food science and technology, or in one or more of the sciences or branches of engineering concerned with advancing food science and technology (this means students studying in a field related to food science and technology are eligible for IFT membership)

Plus, as a Student member, you can make connections with other students of food science through the IFT Student Association, apply for scholarships through Feeding Tomorrow (IFT’s nonprofit foundation), gain real world experience in product development competitions, and build your personal brand by serving as a leader in the IFT Student Association. Just ask any current or former IFTSA leader, and they’ll tell you the experience is unmatched!

Join IFT as a Student member today, and give yourself the advantages you’ll need to prepare for a career in the science of food.

A comprehensive membership benefits matrix has been created to provide an easy way to see the full suite of student membership benefits.

View membership benefits by membership category matrix. (PDF)

*Note: Section dues are additional and vary by section where applicable.


Contact IFT Central at
memberinfo@ift.org or
by phone at  +1.312.782.8424