The K-State Department of Grain Science and Industry is the only place in the world that offers bachelor’s degrees in bakery, feed, and milling science and management as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in grain science. We also offer degree minors that are in part now available by distance.
The department’s goal is to maintain undergraduate enrollment between 200 and 220 students, which we accomplished again this year with an enrollment of 200 undergraduate students. Our five-year average increased to 193 from the low of 133 in 2005. The department leads the College of Agriculture in student scholarships, placement, and starting salaries.
Last year, graduate student enrollment was 48. Of those, 48 percent are domestic, and 50 percent are seeking a Ph.D.
Our programs are recognized for the quality and demand of its graduates and the excellence of its faculty and staff. Students learn the fundamental sciences and business practices of their fields, so they leave school well prepared to enter business, industry, or further study. They gain hands-on experience during industry internships and in the department’s modern pilot facilities and laboratories.
This past year, the department welcomed six new faculty members, and we expect to hire two to three new faculty members during the upcoming year. Our faculty published their research in 43 peer journal articles in 2011. The department leads the college with seven named professorships.
Industry professionals from around the world seek us out for continuing education via on-campus courses taught in our state-of-the-art facilities and via distance education courses. Companies come to our campus to support our education, research and outreach programs and most importantly to engage our faculty and hire our graduates.
The International Grains Program (IGP) is the outreach arm of the department. Its mission is to provide innovative and relevant education and technical programs to enhance the market preference, consumption, and utilization of Kansas and U.S. cereal grains, oilseeds, and their value-added products for the global grain industry. IGP offers training in the areas of feed manufacturing and grain management, grain marketing and risk management, and flour milling and grain processing.
In 2011, IGP conducted 44 courses with 628 participants from 43 countries. In 2012, we offered a course in Spanish, with two additional courses being translated and more planned for 2013. Along with the standard short course offerings, IGP also conducts customized trainings upon request. An additional 584 industry professionals took distance education courses in 2011.
In addition, it will provide the vision, flexibility, and capacity for the current and next generation of teaching, research, and outreach opportunities. It should be completed and ready for use by fall 2013. Our “Phase II” fundraising goal for this project remains critical for the addition of office, meeting, and laboratory space.