Award winning food science students

Date: 21/10/2002

Award winning food science students

Two food science postgraduates from the University of Western Sydney have been announced as winners of prestigious food science awards at the recent Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) conference held in Sydney.

Craig Miller, from Richmond is this year's winner of the Malcolm Bird Award, whilst Akshat Talwalkar, also from Richmond, has won the John Christian Award. Both the awards aim to encourage and support postgraduates in food science and technology.

Craig received the national award for his outstanding student research presentation on the development of 'smart' packaging material to increase the level of 'good' bacteria in yogurt.

A budding scientist, Craig says he is delighted to receive the award.

"I'm very happy to win the award. It's great to have my work acknowledged," Craig says.

Akshat's presentation looked at the effects of oxygen on bacteria in yoghurt.

"I'm thrilled to receive this award, especially as I was up against all food science students at Australian universities," Akshat says.

Associate Professor Kaila Kailsapathy, their research supervisor, says the University is proud of their success.

"We are very pleased at the quality of their research presentations and their dedication to their work.

"Both Akshat and Craig are PhD students working with the probiotics research team at the University's Hawkesbury Campus which is developing new technologies to preserve probiotic bacteria in yoghurt.

Professor Kailsapathy says the awards demonstrate the high standard of food research students at UWS.

"It also demonstrates the excellent partnerships between academics and students in scientific endeavours."


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