Morganne Schmidt

School: Dominican University
Degree: Chemistry and Food Applications

  1. School/University and current year entering the 2017 semester
    I attend Dominican University and I am a current Senior. I will be graduating in May of 2018!
  2. Academic advisor(s):
    My academic advisor is Professor Caren Messina-Hirsch from the Nutrition Sciences Department and Dr. Daniela Andrei from the Chemistry Department.
  3. Degree/Major/Research focus:
    I am a double major in Food Applications and Chemistry with a minor in Nutrition and Dietetics. I have a passion for food and its microscopic connection to people.
  4. How did you choose your area of study?
    I chose my area of study because of my love of both science and food. I continue to understand food on a microscopic level so that I can connect to what happens on a macroscopic level. There is more to the salad dressing that you have on your plate than the oil and vinegar it contains, and I love to learn those underlying concepts.
  5. How has this scholarship helped you?
    This scholarship has helped me continue my education at Dominican University so that I can come into the food industry prepared in knowing the science of food. Not only have I had the chance to learn from industry professionals in my classes, I have also been able to attend CSIFT meetings, compete in food competitions, and truly have the time to plan my graduate work that I plan on starting in the Fall of 2018. One such competition was the RCA – Research Chef’s Association – Student Competition in Puerto Rico, with my team receiving a Silver Medal, placing Third. This scholarship gave me the opportunity to dedicate more of my time to my learning, instead of taking time to focus on the finances that college can bring.
  6. What is your favorite class this semester and why?
    My favorite class this semester is Analytical Chemistry because it gives me the opportunity to understand so many of the tests that you read in scientific journals, textbooks, and real-world labs. It is one thing to see the analytical results that are given to you of the amount of caffeine in a chocolate bar, but it is another to understand how those values came about and what method they took to isolate each component you wanted to know.

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