Dennis L. Zak Ph.D. Memorial Education Award
Dr. Zak encouraged curiosity in the sciences but especially in food science and confections. This Award seeks to recognize a junior, senior or graduate level participant in the PMCA Student Outreach Program at the Annual Production Conference. The award includes a $1000 Stipend and a commemorative gift – an art piece entitled “Rainforest.” It represents the many exciting global experiences and pathways that Dennis’ Food Science career took him and that continue to be available to students today.
The 2022 inaugural recipient of the Dennis L. Zak Memorial Education Award is Elisabeth Weir. A graduate student at Penn State, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Elisabeth has an excellent academic record coupled with her passion for a broad application of the food science discipline. She is engaged in ongoing confectionery and sensory related research. Through her own words she exhibits involvement in many educational programs, internships, and research projects. She is studying various aspects of confections, nutrition, global health, sensory science and function. Elisabeth’s natural curiosity, enthusiasm, academic accomplishments, industry involvement and follow through are characteristics of a student Dr. Zak would have admired, encouraged and supported had he met her.