Philip M. Eberly
Department of Food Science and Technology
Food Science & Technology
Philip Eberly spent six weeks in Brazil through his participation in the Alpha Zeta Partners honorary. He deemed this as the most valuable learning experience of his college career, as it gave him the opportunity to immerse himself in the culture of Brazil and adapt to an entirely new environment. In Philip’s own words, “studying abroad developed my global perspective of the food and agricultural industry and gave me lifelong memories.”
While at Ohio State, Philip has found building community as a Food Science and Technology Peer Mentor and serving as the president of the Food Science Club to be his most rewarding experiences. He enjoys playing the role of mentor to first-year Food Science students, and has loved watching their excitement when making apple pies for the first time in the pilot plant. His favorite Food Science Club event was a service project where he helped prepare hot meals for the homeless population in Columbus with Crosswalk Outreach to the Homeless, which was recognized with the 2020 college-wide Student Organization Excellence Award.
One of Philip’s greatest accomplishments was developing a food product from concept to prototype. The challenges that product development brings make him excited to pursue a career as a food scientist because there is always something new to learn. As an undergraduate, he created three products with three different teams: “Cranberry Blasts” for Ocean Spray’s Student Product Development Competition; “Breakfast Beef Jerky” for his product development capstone class; and “Tropicookie” for IFTSA’s Smart Snacks for Kids Competition.
As his mentor Phillip chose to recognize Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider, saying, “Dr. Pohlschneider is an example of what every student hopes for in a professor: caring, passionate, and relatable. She goes above and beyond to help students understand food science as a professor, advisor, and coach. I am grateful for Dr. Pohlschneider’s guidance over the years and hope to one day emulate her wisdom.”
Philip has been dedicated to gaining valuable work experience by participating in Food Science internships with Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. (Hilmar, CA), MANE, Inc. (Lebanon, OH), and The J.M. Smucker Company (Orrville, OH). These allowed Philip the opportunity to work in Sensory Analysis Exposure by running and engaging in descriptive and sensory panels. When Philip was required to work remotely in his most recent internship, he initiated individual meetings with 38 employees to learn more about the company, seek support on projects, and receive life and career advice.
After graduation, Philip plans to attend graduate school to pursue his master’s degree in Food Science, with the end goal of entering the industry in research and development, product development, or sensory science. This summer, Philip has accepted an internship with ADM, as a Nutrition Product Development Intern in Erlanger, KY.
Service, involvement, and accolades: Alpha Zeta Partners | Phi Tau Sigma (Food Science and Technology Honor Society) | Food Science Club, president | FarmHouse ATZ Fraternity, vice president of administration | Ohio FFA Food Science and Technology, contest student coordinator | CFAES Ambassador | Experience Ohio State for a Day Host | Citation Needed | H2O Church | 2017-2018 Ohio FFA State Officer