Chatham News

Chatham University students selected to receive Pittsburgh Institute of Food Technologists scholarship

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
November 17, 2011

PITTSBURGH (November 17, 2011)… Chatham University’s food studies students Arielle Burlett and Nicole Muise-Kielkucki have been selected to receive the Pittsburgh chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) scholarships. Each woman will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a one-year membership to the IFT.

IFT is a nonprofit national scientific society with members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. For more than 70 years, the IFT has supported the food science community by facilitating a global forum where members from more than 100 countries can share, learn, and grow.

The Pittsburgh IFT’s scholarship program supports the organization’s goal to foster student interest in the food industry. Ms. Burlett and Ms. Muise-Kielkucki, are both part of Chatham’s first Master of Arts in Food Studies cohort and display high academic and extracurricular achievements.

Ms. Burlett entered the food studies program after earning her bachelor’s degree in public communications and a minor in Environmental Science from American University. After spending time in West Africa and South America, Ms. Burlett developed an interest in food security and the agricultural impact on environmental degradation.

Ms. Muise-Kielkucki earned her bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy with a focus on Latin America at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently working with the Winchester Thurston School’s senior class on developing a project related to food security and history, including constructing a High Tunnel, or unheated greenhouse, on the school’s campus to extended its growing season—the product of which is donated to the Jubilee Soup Kitchen.

On Tuesday, December 6, Ms. Burlett and Ms. Muise-Kilkucki will receive their awards during a dinner hosted by the Pittsburgh IFT at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus.

About Chatham’s Master of Arts in Food Studies
The Master of Arts in Food Studies is one of the few graduate food studies programs in the United States and the only one to offer both sustainable agriculture and culinary arts and cuisine within a liberal arts environment. The Master of Arts in Food Studies at Chatham University takes a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table. As part of Chatham’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment, the program emphasizes the global and the local in economic, social, and environmental aspects of sustainable food and agriculture.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit

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