Maya Tanikawa-Brown fell in like with meals science by way of candy, but the range of profession paths and possibilities motivated her to pursue a meals science and technologies degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
“In elementary college, I study about candy science and fell in like with item improvement and creation of novel foods,” she mentioned. “As I discovered a lot more about meals science, I became enamored with the depth of the field and how diverse the avenues had been. I knew that an individual as indecisive as me could really feel fulfilled in such a wide array of possible concentrations.”
Tanikawa-Brown, a junior from Chesterfield, New Jersey, also knew she wanted to conduct investigation in some capacity. She chose Nebraska simply because she felt right away connected to the folks in her college and division. Her discovery of the Undergraduate Inventive Activities and Investigation Practical experience system was a bonus. Tanikawa-Brown and project companion Chloe Hoover, a junior majoring in management, are at the moment finishing a UCARE project figuring out student perceptions of meals sustainability in to-go dining solutions, in particular Selleck Meals Court, and the feasibility of implementation of proposed solutions.
Selleck, along with other Dining Solutions places, have incorporated sustainable practices more than the years, which includes the OZZI reusable containers, a lot more recyclable packaging, microgreens grown on campus, utilization of a lot more locally grown foods and biodigesters for meals waste, but there are possibilities to do a lot more, Tanikawa-Brown said.
“With our project, we hope to propose sensible options for lowering meals waste and enhancing student perceptions on meals sustainability by way of culture developing,” she mentioned. “Many of these objectives are derived from the responses we received from our undergraduate student survey. We hope to attain undergraduate student populations to accurately depict their perspectives in our evaluation of the present and future states of dining sustainability at UNL.”
By measuring student attitudes toward new sustainability practices, Tanikawa-Brown mentioned the processes could be a lot more readily adopted by students when selected and implemented.
“We know that there can be apprehension with producing alterations to an established technique, but we are hoping that our findings can be a compelling supply of proof that the options will be profitable in the present infrastructure,” she said.
Her passion for meals science could have grown out of sweet confections, but Tanikawa-Brown mentioned she became a lot more focused on sustainability thanks to some of the classes and interactions she’s had with each professors and campus administrators.
“Sustainability and environmentalism in their numerous capacities have been extremely crucial to me for a extremely lengthy time,” she mentioned. “In my freshman year Honors Seminar course, Meals Systems, Diets and Climate Modify taught by Dr. (Heriberto) Cerutti (professor in biological sciences) my classmates Chloe Hoover, Matthew Dahlke and I worked on a final project on meals sustainability. Prompted by a conversation with the director of dining at UNL, Dave Annis, our investigation proposed options for widespread complaints of our classmates about portion sizes and recycling opportunities.
“After our presentation, Ms. Hoover and I discussed how we would like to see a sensible implementation of our findings and Dr. Cerutti agreed to advise us on our UCARE application and the endeavor in common if our project had been to be approved.”
Tanikawa-Brown mentioned the UCARE expertise is invaluable in her pursuit of graduate college, and it is a exceptional chance for undergraduates at Nebraska.
“Having official undergraduate investigation expertise aids to validate my pursuits of becoming a researcher,” she mentioned. “Students can pursue investigation that is not normally a possibility at other institutions, though obtaining the structure and assistance from UCARE to make their project possible.”
Moving about 1,300 miles to attend college, Tanikawa-Brown mentioned possibilities like UCARE, the Cornhusker Marching Band and involvement as a resident assistant have created Nebraska really feel like a residence away from residence, and the mentorship she has received has helped her forge a career path.
“Do not be afraid to method faculty or ask colleagues for their thoughts or tips on your obstacles,” she mentioned. “You would be shocked how numerous folks are in your corner and want to point you to sources to make you successful.”
Tanikawa-Brown shared a lot more of her campus experiences in a current Q&A for the university’s Medium page.