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Food Systems

Chemistry chair and professor Owen McDougal recently was awarded an IGEM Grant to collaborate with Boise-based company Food Physics to study and advance “pulsed electric field (PEF)” technology for the potato chip production. Photo by Priscilla Grover

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

The Food Systems VIP course will integrate relevant industrial skills into laboratory experiences for student research training.

Experience Gained

  • Exposure to industry priority projects aimed at relevant training for students to pursue good careers in the food and dairy process field.
  • For the 200 level VIP, general chemistry lab experience and exposure is recommended; at the 400 level, upper division STEM curriculum is recommended.
  • Methodologies used in the project: participant/study observations, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, structured interviewing.

Majors or Interests Needed

  • Biomolecular PhD Program
  • Chemistry-Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Geosciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Physics
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Teacher Education

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Owen McDougal a Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry.  You can reach Dr. McDougal at

Course Information

VIP  200, VIP 400 or VIP 500
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.
Fall 2022 meetings: TBD

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. McDougal at OR complete this interest form and we will follow up with you. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register, search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500.

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