Q&A with Matt Scherff, outstanding graduate in fermentation science and technology

Matt Scherff is an outstanding Spring 2022 fermentation science and technology graduate in the Colorado State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Learn more below about what brought Scherff to CSU and his journey to graduation.

Matthew and familyWhere are you from and what brought you to CSU? 

I am from the San Francisco Bay Area and came to CSU for the fermentation science program as well as family ties in the Denver area.

What obstacles have you overcome to get to graduation? How have you persevered through unforeseen circumstances?

The process of going to remote learning as someone who learns from being hands on and being involved in the process, especially when taking science-based classes, was something that was really hard for me during COVID. Having strong family involvement and support during the months of remote learning really pushed me to keep up on my studies and kept my spirits high when things weren’t looking up.

How have your academic experiences here and your professors, mentors, and advisers helped you overcome these obstacles and/or be successful in your major? 

Most of the professors here at CSU have offered extra time outside of class to help with any problems academic or not. Also, they provide a positive environment to experiment and ask questions.

What activities have you been most involved in?

I’ve been a brewing intern for the Fermentation Science and Technology Program here at CSU for the last year. This has helped me prepare for the world after college more than I could have hoped for and opened many doors and opportunities to participate in brewing industry events as well as getting to be hands-on with the entire brewing process in the Ramskeller Brewhouse.

What are some accomplishments that you are most proud of during your time at CSU? 

Being part of a student group who got to design a beer that will be distributed nationwide. Producing world-class beer at the Ramskeller brewhouse on campus.

Matthews FST groupWhat will you miss most about CSU? 

The positive close-knit group of classmates and culture that I have gotten to know and be apart of in the Fermentation Science and Technology Program.

What are your plans after graduating? 

Still on the hunt for work but am looking to stay here permanently in Fort Collins and work here in the brewing industry.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.