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Jane Snelling Defends M.S. Thesis

Jane Snelling successfully defended her cereal science M.S. thesis research on May 29, 2019. The title of her thesis is Vacuum Steam Pasteurization of Hard Red Spring Wheat. She is advised by Senay Simsek.
Jane Snelling Defends M.S. Thesis

Jane Snelling (right) with advisor Senay Simsek

June 19, 2019

Jane Snelling successfully defended her cereal science M.S. thesis research on May 29, 2019. The title of her thesis is Vacuum Steam Pasteurization of Hard Red Spring Wheat. She is advised by Senay Simsek.

The purpose of Snelling’s research was to determine if vacuum steam pasteurization (VSP) can adequately pasteurize wheat kernels without affecting the functional attributes and baking properties of wheat kernels, flour, dough and the baking properties under multiple processing conditions; and to determine its ability reduce the E. coli O121 pathogen in all products. She says that “recent outbreaks traced to contaminated flour have created demand in the milling industry for a process that can reduce pathogens in wheat while maintaining its functional properties. Vacuum steam pasteurization is a promising technology for pasteurization of low moisture foods.”

Snelling is from Twin Falls, Idaho and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho at Moscow. She says she chose NDSU for graduate school because she “was impressed by the research opportunities available in Dr. Senay Simsek’s lab” and was interested in researching food science and cereals, particularly wheat. She said that the “faculty and staff in the NDSU Plant Sciences department are incredibly supportive and passionate about student success. Students can always find a source of support and encouragement.”

While pursuing her degree, Snelling received the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Feeding Tomorrow General Graduate Scholarship in May 2018; was an IFT Student Association Global Challenge Participant and received a Travel Scholarship to attend in July 2018; placed first in the March 2019 NDSU Plant Science Graduate Symposium oral presentation competition; and placed first in the April 2019 NDSU Gamma Sigma Delta oral presentation competition.

Snelling’s graduate committee includes Simsek, Jae Ohm and Teresa Bergholz. She presented an exit seminar on June 12, 2019.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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