Spectrum U: Sensory Mentorship Program
Sensory Evaluation is defined as the scientific discipline that applies methods to evoke, measure, analyze and interpret properties of foods and nonfoods using the five human senses.
Are you interested in applying Sensory to your research project?
Do you have limited resources at your university?
Sensory Spectrum’s Spectrum U: The Sensory Mentorship Program, is a hands on learning experience designed to assist students with the completion of their own research by expanding their working knowledge of Sensory Evaluation. There are two tracks offered, covering the two main types of Sensory Evaluation: subjective testing (consumer testing) or objective testing (descriptive analysis). As a student in Spectrum U, you spend a day at Sensory Spectrum, working closely with a consultant who will guide you through the sensory aspects of your research.
Spectrum U: The Sensory Mentorship Program is aimed at students looking to enhance their current research/ thesis with sensory analysis. This program is not ideal for a student with a sensory research focus.
The Consumer Testing Program has two focus areas – Qualitative & Quantitative.
concentration will focus on teaching students how to develop a customized sensory qualitative research study, such as a focus group or series of interviews. The Quantitative research focus will provide guidance for the student in developing a sensory quantitative study, such as a central location test or home use test. Upon completing the program students will receive:
• Course workbook detailing various testing methodologies
• Screener and recruitment materials
• Moderator's guide development and moderating tips (Qualitative focus)
• Questionnaire design (Quantitative focus)
• Data handling and interpretation
The descriptive analysis program will teach students how to quantitatively describe the sensory characteristics of a set of products. This program should be used if the aim is to understand similarities and differences among a set of products, in terms of appearance, aroma, flavor, or texture. Upon completing the program students will receive:
• Course workbook detailing the descriptive analysis process from start to finish
• An understanding of descriptive analysis and when/how it should be used
• The ability to create a descriptive ballot
• Descriptive data for your 4 -6 products, from our Spectrum Method descriptive panel
• Guidance on how to interpret, analyze, and present that dataset