The 2022 William F. Jaggard Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Clare Jiang from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Clare has shown a clear interest in analytical and flavor chemistry. Clare is in the final year of a Master’s degree with research focused on analyzing “the chemistry of previously overlooked and unknown compounds to determine their chemical structures, aroma characteristics and other chemical properties.” Clare has focused the research on a ‘smoky, campfire’ odorant found in whisky, the identification of which will be shared in mid-April 2022. Clare has begun her entry into the flavor & food industry with internships at NewlyWed Foods, Synergy Flavors and US Foods. Clare developed a strong passion for the industry during her various internships and was inspired to pursue a Master’s degree in Food Science with a focus on flavor chemistry. Clare’s ultimate career goal is to become a Flavorist or Product Developer.
GABRIELA ELISA RODRIGUEZ SUAZO
The 2022 Jogue, Inc. Scholarship is awarded to Gabriela Elisa Rodrigues Suazo from Louisiana State University. Gabriela is a 3rd year PhD student in Nutrition and Food Science. Prior to academic studies at Louisiana State University, Gabriela received a BS degree in Food Science and Technology at Zamorano University in Honduras and a Master’s in Food Safety from the University of Chile. Gabriela was then hired as an instructor in the Food Science lab at Zamorano before relocating to LSU where she now collaborates for the Flavor and Color course and volunteers at the LSU Agcenter Food Innovation Institute where she assists entrepreneurs with technical assistance in the development of new products. Through the PhD and under the supervision of Dr. Zhimin Xu, Gabriela has developed a stronger love for flavors and aroma molecules and has focused research on identifying, quantifying, and extracting terpenes from natural sources specifically sweet potatoes. Gabriela’s career goal is to become a Senior Flavorist.