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GENERAL MILLS, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CREATE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP

 GENERAL MILLS, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CREATE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
 ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ --- The University of Minnesota and General Mills today announced the creation of an academic/business partnership to encourage high school seniors and other students to pursue careers in food science. The partnership, which will involve recruitment as well as an intensified curriculum, is believed to be the first cooperative effort of its kind between an academic institution and a major food company in the United States.
 The joint Food Science Scholar Program will commence in academic year 1992-93 and will be funded initially by a four-year grant of up to $200,000 from General Mills to the University's Department of Food Science and Nutrition.
 The program will provide qualifying students with $5,000 renewable academic scholarships as well as summer internships at General Mills' James Ford Bell Technical Center, the company's research and development facility. Longer-term incentives will include support for those scholars in the program who choose to pursue graduate work.
 According to University officials, the partnership will also establish a new food science academic track at the University. Students in the Food Science Scholar Program will take advanced courses in math and other disciplines on top of the regular food science curriculum.
 "The United States is a leading producer of food and food technology in the world," said Frank Busta, University of Minnesota professor and department head, Food Science and Nutrition. "In an age of increasing global competitiveness, it is important that we continue to maintain that superiority. There is a growing need for the University and other educational institutions with strong ties to agriculture to produce greater numbers of highly qualified food scientists."
 "In creating this partnership, we hope the University of Minnesota will attract top high school students who, in turn, may someday be attracted to work for a company like General Mills," said Sid Sapakie, vice president of General Mills cereal research and technology. "The time has come for the food industry to do more than just talk about the future need for top-notch students graduating with degrees in food science. At General Mills, we have decided to do something about it."
 According to University and General Mills officials, eventually the program will provide support to as many as ten scholars on a continuing basis.
 Students interested in more information about the Food Science Scholar Program may call the University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition at 612-624-1290. Or they may write for application materials from: Department Head, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, Minn., 55108-6099.
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 /CONTACT: R.C. Shulstad of General Mills, 612-540-3745, or Prof. Frank Busta of the University of Minnesota, 612-624-3086/ CO: General Mills ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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