Circle of Friends

The Circle of Friends, founded in 1992, is a coalition of alumni, faculty, students, and friends who have joined together to provide ongoing private support to sustain the department's dedication to excellence.

It was founded because "shrinking" state budgets for higher education make this support crucial to continue to offer the highest quality education and training to our students. Private funding is now critical to safeguard course offerings, laboratory supplies, computer labs, equipment, and scholarships. SJSU can no longer be considered state-supported but rather state-assisted.



  • To re-establish alumni relationships with the department
  • To encourage student participation
  • To promote alumni, student, and faculty synergy
  • To involve community partners
  • To facilitate networking
  • To celebrate SJSU Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging comradeship
  • To invest in and build a legacy for the future




  • Networking with alumni, faculty, students, and community partners in cooperative ventures/endeavors and in seeking and filling positions.
  • Membership Recognition: Department Newsletter/SJSU Contributors to Excellence
  • Membership Directory

Become a member!

  1. Complete this application: COF Membership Application [PDF]
  2. Return the application to the following address. 

Caroline Haas
c/o Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging Department
San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0058


For More Information

Contact Caroline Haas (formerly known as Caroline Fee), Director, Circle of Friends, at


Student Scholarships

Circle of Friends Scholarship - offered beginning of each Spring semester

To qualify, all applicants must have at least one semester of course work remaining. Undergraduate students must have completed 12 units of Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging major courses. Graduate students must have completed 6 units of graduate-contract eligible units. Additional qualifications are on the application form. 

COF Scholarship application form [PDF] - Due on or before 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 19.

Graduate Student Research Assistance Awards - offered beginning of each Spring semester

Awards from Circle of Friends/Department for up to $1000 may be given for meritorious research proposals. Up to six awards for lab related research; and up to six awards for non-lab related research may be given each year, based on the merit of the application. The award is designed to augment the cost of research-related supplies.

Graduate Student Research Assistance Award application form [PDF] - check with department for actual due dates each academic year.