SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN FDA FOOD SAFETY INTERNSHIPS
On April 5, Dr. Josephine Wee, assistant professor in the Department of Food Science at The Pennsylvania State University, spoke to students in Saint Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics and Computing on her research entitled, “From Genotype to Phenotype: Understanding how fungi contribute to food safety and quality.”
Among the attendees at Wee’s presentation were a number of Saint Vincent College students who have participated or will participate in an internship funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at Penn State.
Junior Joseph Heath, a biology major from New Castle and graduate of Neshannock High School, participated in the eight-week internship last summer. Studying microorganisms and duck prosciutto, Heath participated in weekly seminars and interacted with various faculty members, while also taking tours of the local USDA office and the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Maryland.
Four Saint Vincent students will take part in the internship program this summer, including Sabrina Defeo, a junior biology major from Irwin (Penn-Trafford High School); Timothy Morris, a sophomore biology major from Ebensburg (Bishop Carroll); Laura Aston, a freshman chemistry major from Irwin (Hempfield); and Alissa Beam, a freshman biochemistry major from Gibsonia (Hampton).