Professional Membership: Eligibility and Guidelines

  1. Food Science and Technology professionals nominated for Membership must have a minimum of 5 years of experience beyond the B.S. degree (4 years beyond the M.S. degree or 2 years beyond a Ph.D. degree) in a position directly related to Food Science and Technology in industry, government, non-profit, trade association, private practice, or academic institution.
  2. The statement of qualifications for Food Science and Technology professionals should clearly illustrate how contributions of the nominee have distinguished the nominee from other professionals with similar employment. Please write in the third person.
  3. The statement of qualifications for Food Science and Technology professionals should demonstrate the relationship of recognitions, honors and other achievements to the professional strengths of the nominee.

Next Steps...

Are you ready to join? Please visit the link to know more about the detailed membership criteria and the membership form. Your membership form must be submitted by two active Phi Tau Sigma members.

Please read prior to submitting a nomination for membership

  1. This is a nomination process and not an application. The ΦTΣ Honor Society Nomination for Membership form should be reviewed by the nominators prior to submission.
  2. The nominators (signatories) must be members in good standing (have paid their dues) in Phi Tau Sigma. At least one of the nominators must be a Professional Member.
  3. Do not send attachments, they will be deleted.
  4. All nominations from a single institution should be submitted in a single file (pdf or Word format). Email the nomination file to the Executive Secretary. All nominators must be on the submission email, whether as the sender or copied on the email.
  5. The Membership and Qualifications Committee reviews all nomination and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee. The nomination evaluation process usually takes a month or so. Incomplete nominations will delay the evaluation or result in rejection.
  6. The nomination fee must be paid prior to review of the nomination material by Membership and Qualifications Committee. Please follow the instructions on page 2 above that are repeated here:
    Send this form as an email attachment to the Executive Secretary:  The payment can be by a check drawn on a US bank to Treasurer Daryl Lund: - May 1 to October 31: 151 E Reynolds Street, Cottage Grove, WI  53527-9397;  November 1 to April 30: 11815 N 97th Avenue, Sun City, AZ  85351-3609. OR You may pay online at
  7. Professional member dues are $40 per year, student member dues are $20 per year. Lifetime membership is $400 with no recurrent billing. Submit nomination fee equal to first year dues at the same time as this form.  If elected to membership, the nomination fee is your first year dues or may be deducted from a Lifetime membership. Payment is required with this application.
  8. Membership of anyone can be revoked for non-payment of dues, except Lifetime Members and Emeritus Members.
  9. The application form is on the Phi Tau Sigma website, subsection Documents. Also accessed by direct link:
  10. Contact email addresses: Executive Secretary, Kathryn L. Kotula, Ph.D.,
  11. Membership & Qualifications Committee Chair, Rodrigo Tarté, Ph.D.,
  12. New members can send and receive messages via the list service that enables direct communication with all members in good standing. Anyone may unsubscribe at this link
  13. Thank you for your interest in Phi Tau Sigma as we wish you continued success in advancing the profession of food science and technology.

Benefits of Membership

  1. Recognition - The process to become a member is one of nomination and review. Only those with the highest standards of excellence are approved for membership.
  2. The opportunity to connect and pursue excellence with others having similar values.
  3. Opportunities for leadership either by serving in an elected office or through committee appointments.
  4. Opportunities for awards and scholarships--especially for students

Why Join?

“…I want to build and maintain a lifetime connection with this group of dedicated Food Science professionals.” Dongjun Zhao, Ph.D.

“..because I truly believe in the organization’s vision and mission.  Giving back to the scientific community (and particularly students) helps to advance the future of our field.” Taylor C. Wallace, Ph.D.

“The organization has strong values that I admire…I wanted to make a statement of my commitment to those values…to say I am committed to this organization for life.” Steven Wilson, MBA

“I have observed Phi Tau Sigma take efforts to include all Food Science students and provide them the needed guidance, contacts and exposure for advancing their careers.  I am myself one of the beneficiaries…Becoming a Lifetime member amounts to giving something back to Phi Tau Sigma for everything it did to my career.” Ravin Gnanasambandam, Ph.D.

“…it represents high commitment to excellence in academics, service and leadership in every area but specifically in the area of food science and technology.” Fatemeh Malekian, Ph.D.

“…because I always forgot to send my dues in.  The second and probably the most important reason is because I believe in the Phi Tau Sigma recognize and honor the professional achievement of food scientists and technologists, especially students.” Maria L. Plaza, Ph.D.

Pay Membership Dues

Are you currently a member or joining Phi Tau Sigma as a new member, pay your membership fees in a couple of minutes

Lifetime Membership

We are committed to serving our members and the food science profession. Show your commitment to Phi Tau Sigma today by becoming a lifetime member.

Student Membership

If you currently enrolled in food science or related degree program and meet certain criteria, the student membership is best suited for you.