Student Spotlight: Chloe Calhoun

Chloe Calhoun
Meet Chloe Calhoun, a junior food science and technology major from Le Mars, Iowa.
October 4, 2022

Hometown: Le Mars, IA

Major: Food Science and Technology

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2024

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

I came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln because of their facilities and programs that offered me many opportunities.

What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

My favorite thing about the University of Nebraska are Husker gamedays. The atmosphere is amazing before, during, and after the games.

What about diversity and inclusion is important to you when you think about your CASNR experience

Diversity and inclusion within CASNR is important to me. The food science program has an exchange program with China, and it is very beneficial. We are able to learn about the food industry within their culture and they can learn about ours. While the industries are similar, there are large differences. It is important to learn about these differences in order to have a well-rounded view of the food science industry. Without this diversity, our perspective of the food industry would have a narrow focus.

Exposure to cultural differences is a huge part of college. What activity have you recently participated in that is different from what you are used to in your culture? This could be something you read, listened to, watched, eaten or otherwise taken part in. What did you learn from this activity?

Last school year I participated in a dumpling making class hosted by the Meat Science Club. I had never eaten a dumpling before, let alone made one. It was a blast and they tasted amazing. I have even made them on my own since then. This activity taught me that I need to branch out more and explore activities that are not as common in the United States’ culture. It is a great way to meet people and find new things that I love.

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?

My favorite class that I have taken was Processed Meats. The final project was making our own meat product. We got to eat all our prototypes and serve the final products to students and staff in the animal science building. My partner and I made Hawaiian pepperoni snack sticks that were amazing.

What are your plans post-graduation?

After graduation, I plan attend graduate school and focus on food microbiology. Eventually, I would like to end up working at a large food company in their food safety division and help produce safer foods for consumers.

What's life like outside of school?

Outside of school I enjoy any outdoor activity, baking, and socializing with my friends.

What scholarships, if any, have you received?

I have received the George Beadle Scholarship, Oak B Smith Scholarship, University of NE Cornish Scholarship, and the Nielsen FST Scholarship from the University of Nebraska.