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Food and Animal Sciences

About Us

The Department of Food and Animal Sciences was established in 1969 and has a long tradition of graduating students who have successful careers. We have achieved that by following a student-centered approach with faculty and staff who are committed to student success. 

We boast one of the highest graduation and employment rates (80-90%) with most of our graduates holding leadership positions in the industry (see our Alumni section). 


The many employment opportunities offered to our students are the result of an extended network that we have built and includes strategic partners like Kellogg’s, Land ‘O Lakes, Wayne Farms and other major companies.


Scholarships and Fellowships

Students are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. Assistance is provided through the Office of Students Engagement and Success 

Kellogg Scholarship- Two 2000.00 scholarships open to Food Science Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. For additional information, please contact Dr. Martha Verghese at (256) 372-4175 or


Student Activities

Attend international and national meetings. Take field trips and industry tours
Participate in professional organizations (FAS and ABHS clubs, PTS, ASBMB chapter)

Food Science Club Officers (2022-2023)

Katelyn Boyle


Elvis Baidoo

Vice President

Kennedy Ward

2nd Vice President

Amirah El-Amin (Fall 2022)

Special Events Co-Chair

Sydney Woods

Special Events Co-Chair

Lauren Moyer


Kaitlyn Walker

Assistant Secretary

Ama Eshun


Kaleb Jackson

Assistant Treasurer

Daija Thompson  (Fall 2022)


Zoe Delbridge

Public Relations Officer

Madison Wright


Aaron Dudley

IFTSA Liaison

Zoe Delbridge

Professional Development Chair

Imani Smith

Miss Food Science

Jaden Wills

Mr. Food Science

Rawan Alhazaimeh

Graduate Representative 

Terica Curtis

Graduate Representative 

Phileta Jackson

Senior Representative

Kirsten Winston

Junior Representative

Kamaia Hall-Edwards

Sophomore Representative

Trinity Shipman

Freshmen Representative


Advisors & Department Chair


Martha Verghese


Josh Herring


Judith Boateng

Junior Advisor

Nedra Montgomery

Staff Advisor

Rajwinder Kaur

Staff Advisor


Industry partners


The Department is student-centered and dedicated to the pursuit of higher education and professional development of students, staff and faculty and pursuit of excellence through teamwork and partnerships.

These companies offer distinct support to Alabama A&M University's Department of Food & Animal Sciences via internships, donations, and partnerships. We are very grateful for these companies and the support they provide to our students.

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Kellogg's presented Alabama A&M University’s Department of Food and Animal Sciences with a check that was matched by the State of Alabama to promote student learning in the area of food science. Kellogg's visits Alabama A&M twice annually and is a wonderful partner in the quest to educate students.

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Land O’ Lakes

Land O’ Lakes, a multifaceted company, provides opportunities to both Food and Animal Science majors here at Alabama A&M University. Land O’ Lakes frequently visits our campus to interview students on the spot for internships and for hire.

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The Cargill company is extremely supportive of Food Science students by providing internship opportunities, as well as career possibilities. Cargill frequently sends representatives to keep our students interested and prepared to enter the work field following graduation.

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Publix is supportive of our program by providing career opportunities and internships

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Virginia Dare

Virginia Dare provides a scholarship of $500 annually to a Food Science student for excellence in academia and leadership

Department of Food and Animal Sciences
(256) 372-4176
(256) 372-5432
Carver Complex Thomas Wing Office A-106
Martha Verghese
Professor & Chair