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2020 Research Symposium

FAPC is pleased to hold its annual Research Symposium during OSU Research Week.

Research Symposium


April 7, 2020

Register Online - Must Register by March 27

Submit Abstract - Due March 13


Room 201 FAPC

Event Description:

FAPC is pleased to hold its annual Research Symposium. The symposium will include oral and poster presentations of undergraduate and graduate student research conducted at the FAPC and OSU and a keynote address featuring topics pertinent to the food and agricultural industries.

Keynote Speaker
Jason Reicks, Florida Food Products Inc.
Jason Reicks photoTopic: Natural Curing Meats

Jason joined Florida Food Products in 2014 as National Accounts Sales Manager, Meat Ingredients. He brings over 15 years of sales, marketing, and R&D experience in the meat industry. Before joining Florida Food Products, Jason held the position of Business Manager at Flavorseal, Inc., leading their spice transfer packaging/casing division. Also, he spent four years with Cargill, Inc. as a Food Technologist leading the product development of the Club Store channel, launching 30MM+ lbs of private label lunchmeat into Sam’s Club. Jason started his career with Jif-Pak Manufacturing, Inc. in multiple roles, from Midwest Regional Sales Manager to Marketing & Technical Support Manager for the meat casing and netting manufacturer. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Studies from Iowa State University. Jason grew up on a family dairy farm in Northeast Iowa and now resides in the Kansas City area with his wife Jenny and their daughter, Haven.


8 a.m.Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45 a.m. Oral Presentations (Graduate Students)
9:45 a.m. Break/Poster Presentations
10:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation, Jason Reicks, Florida Food Products Inc.
11:30 a.m. Food Industry Panel
12 p.m. Gilliland Awards Luncheon
1 p.m. Oral Presentations (Undergraduate Students)
1:30 p.m. Break/Poster Presentations
2:15 p.m. Poster and Oral Presentation Awards
2:45 p.m. Closing Comments/Adjourn

Abstract Requirements

Abstracts must address the following (but do not include these headers):

  1. Justification/Introduction
  2. Objective
  3. Methods
  4. Results
  5. Significance of your research
  6. 3-5 relevant keywords

Note: Please place a line space between each of the 5 sections.

  • The abstract should cite quantitative data from representative experiments if completed or discuss a project, expected results, possible pitfalls on a project, which has not yet been carried out.
  • Abstracts may be no longer than 300 words.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used without definition. Nonstandard abbreviations must be kept to a minimum and must be placed in parentheses after the first use of the word or phrase abbreviated.
  • Do not include references, credits or grant support in the abstract.
  • Proofread carefully for formatting, spelling and grammar to avoid errors before submission.
  • All authors must have a copy of the abstract before the time of submission.

Sample Abstract (PDF document)

Judging Criteria (PDF document)

***Students who fail to comply with the abstract requirements will be disqualified from the awards competition.***

Poster Presentation Requirements

Posters are to be 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall.

Oral Presentation Requirements

Oral presentations are 10 minutes with a 5 minute question and answer period.




Register Online - Must Register by March 27

Submit Abstract - Due March 13


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