FST Awards & Recognition

We proudly announce the achievements of our award winning Faculty and Staff

Dr. Neil Shay

One of two Oregon State University researchers elected 2021 American Society for Nutrition Foundation Fellow

Dr. Neil Shay, professor of food science and technology, studies the nutritional regulation of gene transcription with a focus on the impact of plant-produced chemicals on nuclear hormone receptors and other regulatory proteins. He has used cell and animal models and has helped supervise human clinical trials as well. 

Most recently, Shay’s research has focused on understanding how specific food components – for example, polyphenols from fruits such as red raspberries, cherries and grapes, and omega-three fats from walnuts – can contribute to good health and improved metabolic function. 


Dr. Christina DeWitt

Elected 2021 Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

Dr. Christina DeWitt is recognized by the Institute of Food Technologists for her innovative research, contributions to new academic and career programs, collaboration in a key role with nine team partnerships among academia/industry/agency, as a co-editor in chief of a peer-reviewed aquatic food journal, and by providing leadership and outreach to 10 countries.

Dr. Lisbeth Goddik

Elected 2021 Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

Dr. Lisbeth Goddik is recognized by her contributions in sustainable food systems in dairy research, overseeing transformative changes in the Food Science and Technology curriculum, her contributions to research and outreach programs in sustainable food manufacturing, and her active role in communicating the science of food to the public. Dr. Goddik holds two endowed professorships sponsored by stakeholders.

BUILD Team receives the James and Mildred Oldfield/E.R. Jackman Team Award

Build Team (top row, left to right): Sheri Cole, Chris Curtin, Dave Dallas, Hadi Eshpari, Robin Frojen;
(bottom row, left to right): Juyun Lim, Si Hong Park, Michael Qian, Nadia Streletskaya, Joy Waite-Cusic

This award recognizes superior and distinguished interdisciplinary team achievements through teaching, research, international, or extended education activities of faculty and staff.

Presentation of this award serves to highlight the importance of an interdisciplinary team effort in achieving the goals of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University and of Oregon agriculture, and to show in a tangible way that the College stands strongly behind such efforts.

Dr. Christina DeWitt
Recipient of the Roy G. Arnold/Agricultural Research Foundation's Leadership Award

This award recognizes an administrator for outstanding contributions to the research mission by of the College of Agricultural Science at Oregon State University.

Sue Queisser
Recipient of the 2021 CAS Professional Faculty Award

This award recognizes outstanding and exceptional service by classified employees and professional faculty within the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.

Dr. Jovana Kovacevic
Recipient of the 2020 OSU Promising Scholar Award

This award recognizes outstanding scholarly activity and significant intellectual work, validated and communicated through published articles, innovative engagement and multiple grants with national impact.

Dr. Si Hong Park
Recipient of the IAFP Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award

Sponsored by bioMerieux, this award is presented to a young researcher who has demonstrated outstanding ability and professional promise in the early years of their career.

Dr. Park’s research emphasizes food and human microbiome supplemented with food additives (prebiotics/probiotics) to understand the interaction between the host and microbes related to the food safety and quality using metagenomics and bioinformatics approaches. (Read more...)

Dr. Yanyun Zhao
Recipient of the 2020 National IFT Research and Development Award

Dr. Yanyun Zhao is recognized for her contributions to advance the science and technology of edible coating for reducing food waste, promoting sustainability, and producing healthy consumer foods.

Recipient of the 2020 OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship

This award recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. Yanyun’s work in edible coatings, biodegradable packaging, and co-product innovation have had real industry impact. It’s a great illustration of the power of applied research.

Recipient of the 2020 OSU Postdoctoral Mentoring Award

This award recognizes and encourages outstanding mentoring of postdoctoral appointees by OSU faculty members. Yanyun has worked diligently for years to improve conditions for post-docs at OSU. In addition, she has personally mentored 12 postdocs.