Student Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide students of food safety with a platform to enrich their experience as Members of IAFP.What are our goals?- To provide the opportunity for students to network with peers- To serve as a resource for food safety employers to seek qualified applicants- To encourage effective exchange of information on protecting the food supply by fostering relationships at the student level- To maintain high Membership in IAFP by encouraging students to join the Association- To serve the interests and needs of students- To incorporate change according to the interests and needs of students

Next Meeting

July 21, 2019
Kentucky International Convention Center | Louisville, Kentucky

In conjunction with IAFP 2019

How to Join

Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.

Membership on a PDG is voluntary (not by appointment) and may vary from year to year.

IAFP Members can manage their PDG involvement by logging in to the IAFP Web site. At the Member Dashboard, click “Edit Profile.” Your profile has two tabs: Contact Info and Professional Info. Select the Professional Info tab and update the PDGs you would like to participate in. We highly recommend that you contact the PDG chairperson for each group to let them know you have joined their PDG.

Non-members can contact Didi Loynachan, dloynachan@foodprotection.org, for more information.

What can you do?
The Student PDG asks that you let us know how your Membership in IAFP can be enhanced, as well as your ideas for future events. Active involvement, dedication, and creativity are fundamental for launching and maintaining a successful organization, and we appreciate your interest and support.

Minutes

2018 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend Margaret Kirchner for Student Professional Development Group Vice Chair.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. Continue the presale of t-shirts online during registration for the Annual Meeting, but collect sizes, so shirts can be set aside.

    Board Response: Agree.

  3. Expand Student Liaison program to Committees, as currently this program only connects to PDGs.

    Board Response: Agree.

  4. Discuss adding a student representative to the Executive Board to represent student affairs.

    Board Response: The Board is open and available to meet with Student PDG representatives to discuss student affairs.

  5. Create a designated space at the Annual Meeting for mentors and mentees to meet.

    Board Response: Agree.

  6. Provide signage or funds to print signage to identify the student booth and distinguish it from other exhibitor booths.

    Board Response: Agree. Staff will work with Student PDG leaders to redesign the Student PDG booth for 2019.

  7. Extend the time allotted for student lunch and business meeting to allow adequate time for lunch, competition and PDG business.

    Board Response: Agree. A second time slot may be needed for the Student PDG business meeting. Please provide your preference of time to staff.

  8. Provide monetary compensation (even if small) for all student labor during the Annual Meeting (ex. scanning badges, handing out programs, etc.). We are encouraging students to be actively involved in the meeting, and action taking them away from the program should be appropriately compensated.

    Board Response: A stipend is provided for student monitors but there are some needs for volunteers where compensations should not be necessary.

  9. Declare ‘student’ as a topic in symposia submissions, as all other PDGs are represented as a topic.

    Board Response: Agree. Sessions organized by the Student PDG should be identified in the program.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. We recommend the inclusion of a Student Liaison for the Program Committee. The Liaison will serve as an extra resource for this group to help with information collection and distribution to PDGs (i.e., symposia acceptance and rejection with sponsored and co-sponsored PDGs). The Liaison will also serve in any capacity that this group deems appropriate.

    Board Response: The Board will discuss with the Program Committee at its February 2018 meeting.

  2. We recommend the incorporation of a Student Liaison for all PDGs. The Liaison position will connect students with professionals in their respective areas of interest. The PDGs will gain a representative that will be able to help in a variety of capacities and this position will provide a direct outlet for awarding student achievement.

    Board Response: Agree, in discussion with PDG Chairs and Vice Chairs, it was determined that the Student PDG should select or appoint a Student Liaison to each PDG and inform the IAFP staff so they can inform the specific PDG.

  3. We thank the Executive Board for providing students with a space in the exhibit hall for students to interact and sell t-shirts. We recommend that the Executive Board continues to provide a space in the exhibit hall in the coming year.

    Board Response: Agree.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. We thank the Executive Board for providing the students a space within the exhibit hall. We would recommend that you continue this in the coming year.

    Board Response: We will continue this for IAFP 2017.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Allow students to have student-based/led symposia, roundtables, etc.

    Board Response: There have been student-led symposia in the past and the Board encourages the Student PDG to continue this effort.

Resources

Webinars

  • Starting Bioinformatics from Zero as a Biologist

    Sponsored by IEH Laboratories & Consulting and the IAFP Student Professional Development Group

    Help! You're a food microbiologist embarking on an RNA or DNA-sequencing project for the first time. Where do you start? What tools should you use? What do all these new terms mean? Can you do this on your laptop? What is Linux, anyway? We'll answer these questions and more in this one-hour webinar meant to provide you with some of the vocabulary and resources you will need to develop a game plan for learning bioinformatics.

    Google drive folder with helpful information: 

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BlCbje6QsSWqm6TjU3h5MCbLKoVoPoSM

    Download Slides

    Presenters

    • Andrea Etter, Presenter Assistant Professor of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Vermont
    • Jessica Chen, Presenter Microbiologist, IHRC Inc.
    • Peter Cook, Presenter Post-Doctoral Researcher, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia - Griffin
    • Lee Katz, Presenter Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Stephanie Brown, Moderator Graduate Research Assistant, University of Connecticut
  • Making the Most of Your IAFP Annual Meeting: Tips for Students and First-Timers

    Scientific conferences can be overwhelming, especially for individuals attending for their first time. With all of the opportunities for learning, networking, and socializing available at IAFP 2012, how can anyone make sense of it all?

    This webinar shares tips on how to make the most out of the IAFP annual meeting for students and new attendees. Topics include tips on getting involved with committees and professional development groups, social hours and informal networking, and choosing which symposia to attend. After viewing this webinar, students and new IAFP attendees will be well equipped to make the IAFP annual meeting experience as rewarding as possible.

    Organized by the Student PDG

    Presenters

    • Don Schaffner IAFP Vice President and Professor, Rutgers University