Discover the next generation of pet food researchers and innovators

Back by popular demand, the Student Center at Petfood Forum 2021 will feature academic pet food research conducted by graduate students from various universities with studies focused on companion animal nutrition. Students will present non-commercial oral presentations and posters on relevant pet food-related research.

The Student Center is designed to give the industry a chance to see the latest in academic pet food research as well as gain access to those entering the industry in the next few years. Two sessions (one on each day of Petfood Forum) have been scheduled for presentations, and research includes such topics as pet food safety, ingredient usage, palatability and terminology.

In addition to research presentations, the Student Center provides the opportunity for industry representatives and students to network and discuss the future of pet food. Opportunities for connecting will be available after each presentation session, as well as a “meet and greet” event on the opening evening of Petfood Forum.

For a complete schedule of student-centric events, view the online agenda, the complete Petfood Forum Guide, and signage at the event itself in front of the Student Center.

Participating universities

Kansas State University | University of Arkansas | University of Illinois | University of Georgia

Meet and interview top-notch students

Meet talented students from across the country who are interested in careers in pet food by attending Petfood Forum’s annual student program.

Undergraduate and graduate students from, but not limited to, the following variety of majors will be in attendance:

  • Companion animal
  • Nutrition
  • Poultry
  • Ingredient technologies
  • Food technologies
  • Process engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Packaging technology

Petfood Forum 2021 is scheduled for Sept. 22-24 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. During the must-attend event, attendees will have numerous opportunities to network and conduct business during nightly receptions, time on the expanded Exhibit Hall floor and through the connect feature on the Petfood Forum app. Additionally, the 2021 event will feature globally recognized experts presenting on a variety of topics including nutrition, ingredients, marketing, processing, food safety and technologies.

Network with future pet food industry professionals at Petfood Forum’s Student Center

Is your company looking for future hires? Petfood Forum 2021’s Student Program has several opportunities for networking with students currently studying companion animal nutrition and other industry-related subjects. Below, you can find the dates and times when the Student Center (on the Petfood Forum exhibitor floor) will be open and students will be available for networking and discussion:

Thursday, September 23, 2021

9:45-11:25 a.m.: Student abstract research presentations

11:25 a.m.-12 p.m.: Post-presentation discussions/student networking opportunity

4:40-6 p.m.: Student meet-and-greet/networking opportunity

Friday, September 24, 2021

10:30-11:50 a.m.: Student abstract research presentations

11:50 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: Post-presentation discussions/student networking opportunity


For immediate questions related to the Petfood Forum Student Program, please contact Student Program Coordinator Lindsay Beaton at

2021 Student Program sponsored by: