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Haley Brown

Major: Culinary Science

Minor/option/emphasis: Hospitality ManagementSecondary minor: FSHN-Food Science and Industry

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: West Des Moines, Iowa

Company/Organization: Iowa State University
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Title: Research Assistant
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: May 2015 to present

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I was responsible for...
Perform/Evaluate research projects though Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at ISU. Maintain professional communication across the team and faculty to allow for success.

I accomplished...
My accomplishments over my summer internship include successfully testing and developing recipes to be produced into a cookbook for farmers. This will allow the farmers to sell their damaged produce that would otherwise be waste products. Over the course of the summer, I was able to use what I had learned in the classroom to make several recommendations that were put into practice; for example, I used my knowledge obtained from both HRI 380 on food production as well as food safety policies from FSHN 405, to help me properly scale recipes and develop HACCP polices.

My most valuable effort...
My most valuable project over the summer was the development of a cookbook. I found this project valuable to my learning experience as I was able to use my experience to be successful. I was also able to obtain new experiences, in the way I obtain and evaluate knowledge, communicate effectively, and conduct research. This experience has allowed me to grow my knowledge of the field and be an active member of the projects by allowing me to interact with staff and industry professionals.

I learned...
My most valuable learning experience obtained through my internship was learning how to properly manage my time over long-term projects, as well as continuously developing my professional network by successfully communicating with faculty and staff within the Iowa State University Laboratory.

I will never forget...
My most memorable experience over my time in the laboratory would have to be working allow side Dr. Shaw. I became a contact head on a project and my job was to actively communicate updates and results to staff members who supervise the projects. I also enjoyed getting the chance to sit in on meetings with clients (farmers) who's berries we used for the development of this research project. In addition it was interesting getting the chance to handle infected berries and testing them to see how the damage to these berries would hold up in the development of the recipes.

Advice for others...
My advice to future interns is to step out of your comfort zone. By doing this you are challenging yourself as it allows you to obtain new experiences, learning opportunities, and grow as an individual within the industry. Working in the laboratory helps develop many skills such as organization, time management and important technical skills ranging from sensory evaluation to food microbiology. However, the most important skill I have discovered is communication. Good communication skills help you and the whole team to understand each other and the details necessary to complete projects successfully.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I learned about this learning opportunity through my professor at Iowa State University, Dr. Wilson (Food Science and Human Nutrition Research Professor).

I landed this assignment by...
I landed this project assignment due to my major in culinary science. I was selected to help guide the progress of this project in addition to the develop of recipes to be used to test the functionality of the berries.

I wanted this experience because...
Yes and no, I enjoyed getting the chance to work on this project as it provided me with learning opportunities both in culinary and food science, however I would have liked the chance to gain additional knowledge of the food science field seeing that this was a food science internship experience. In the end I have enjoyed my time working in the food science and human nutrition laboratory as it has given me the opportunity to grow as an individual in the field. I feel that I have learned a lot this summer, though testing and observing results to communicating effectively. I do however, wish I were able to further my knowledge on scientific methods as I was not giving the opportunity to participate in all the studies I would have liked to over my time in the lab. I am planning to continue working a few hours a week in the laboratory over this semester as school and work allow it, as I would like to carry on my obligations and possibly get the chance to take part in other studies that are of interest to me.

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