On June 28th, the Clemson Food Science College Bowl team wasn't in Las Vegas to party, but to play trivia against other college teams from across the country. "Since 1985, the IFTSA College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia".
After winning the regional competition in late April, the Clemson team ventured to Sin City to test their knowledge against the seven other college bowl teams. Unfortunately, Clemson were knocked out early in the double-elimination competition after losing to the University of Minnesota and then UC Davis. Joanna Gorcesky, a senior Food Science major on the team, said that the College Bowl gave the Clemson "team (as well as our department) an opportunity to showcase our talents to the entire food industry. I think the fact that we've competed nationally two years in a row says a lot about Clemson food science".
Clemson team captain and graduate student, Jason Raines, had similar feelings about the experience: "We also had fun meeting students from the other competing schools, exploring the IFT Food Expo, and enjoyed networking with industry professionals at their booths. I was able to interview with a couple companies and meet with a few more about potential job opportunities. Other team members were able to talk with graduate schools and attend scientific seminar to help them further their academic pursuits and decide where they want to go when they finish at Clemson".