Rakesh Singh, Ph.D., President of Phi Tau Sigma
I am honored and excited to begin my term as your President for the Year 2018-19. In the past few years, the Phi Tau Sigma leadership and the committees have worked diligently to update the by-laws, website, and communication with the membership. I am looking forward to expand on our progress.
The leadership team talked about increasing visibility of Phi Tau Sigma and I believe that this year’s committees are already taking steps to accomplish that goal. The website committee is looking into the social media in addition to enhancing the functionality of the newly developed website. Another committee that has made great progress and will continue making progress is the Chapter Affairs committee. Our goal is to have viable Phi Tau Sigma chapters affiliated with every food science program. The new committee on internship organization will provide a conduit for connecting students with corporate sponsors. These steps will not only create visibility but also expand the membership.
Being an honor society, Phi Tau Sigma thrives on recognizing excellence among students and professionals. We also communicate with the members on issues related to science via the monthly newsletter. We had explored the possibility of sponsoring special lectureship but we do not have sufficient funds to do so. We may be able to start special webinars on hot topics or issues if we could get a few volunteers. These webinars or scientific information via the newsletter could be archived and become a resource for the future. I would like to get feedback from the membership on the ideas in this message or other issues, since it is your society and we have to work together to make it the best it can be.
Finally, I want to acknowledge and thank my immediate predecessors, Bob Bracket and Russell Cross for their efforts to put Phi Tau Sigma on a financially and intellectually stable footing. Their hard work and dedication have already brought much visibility to Phi Tau Sigma, which will make the work of future leaders much easier toward continuous progress.