Penn State Online Masters in Nutritional Sciences: Informational Webinar Sept 27

Nutritional Sciences Informational Webinar

Thursday, September 27, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT

If you are interested in Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences program offered online through the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Penn State World Campus, this webinar will provide you with an opportunity to get answers to any questions you may have, and also hear what the program is like.

Register for the webinar to learn about:

  • The Nutritional Sciences courses and curriculum
  • What to expect as a student in the online program
  • Important requirements for applying to the program
  • The application process and recommendations for next steps

There will be plenty of time at the end of the webinar to ask your own questions, too. So, make plans to join us! Register here.

Check out this short video on our Vision for the Program! This program is a great way to:

  • Enhance your preparation for entry into a dietetic internship
  • Prepare for the workforce by gaining the skills employers are seeking
  • Build your skill set while working in the field (full or part-time)
  • This program is appropriate for students in nutrition, allied health, health-related, or science majors.

Application Deadlines

  • July 15, 2018 for Fall 2018
  • November 15, 2018 for Spring 2019
  • April 15, 2019 for Summer 2019

Application Process

Required Materials:

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA (minimum of 3.0 on 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores
  • 3 professional references
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

For more information and how to apply, visit our website.

Additional Questions, please contact:


Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator &

Assistant Teaching Professor

Spring Break Opportunity to Study Abroad: Anatomy in Italy

This spring, the Biology Department will once again be offering BIOL 475N – “Anatomy in Italy: Cadavers, Culture and Science.” This 3-credit course, listed as a “fascinating blend of Biology and History, investigating the evolution of anatomy and physiology in Renaissance Italy” can be used as either a GH or GN course. It will meet once per week this spring at UP and includes a co-requisite course, IT 175: Italian Language & Culture for Embedded Experiences Abroad which will meet twice per week this spring. All students must be enrolled in both courses.  Over Spring Break 2019 all students and instructors will then travel to Florence, Bologna and Verona.

To be eligible to enroll in this course, students must:

  1. Complete either BIOL 129 or BIOL 141 or BIOL 240 or BIOL 472 or KINES 202 or another anatomy course (BIOL 297 or 497) by the end of Fall 2018. 
  2. Apply for course entry by September 22, 2018 by e-mailing all of the following information to your full name, Penn State email address, 9-digit ID number, major, class standing (i.e. sophomore, junior, etc.), current cumulative GPA, and a statement about why you would like to enroll in this course.
  3. If accepted, there will be a course travel fee of $3250 (for airfare, lodging, ground transportation, museum admission and some meals).

For more information, please visit Penn State’s Anatomy in Italy 2019 Facebook page.

Volunteer Opportunities at Mount Nittany Medical Center

If you are interested in gaining experience working in a clinical setting, Mount Nittany Medical Center offers volunteer hours for students who wish to gain experience in this area.

To seek oppotunities, go and then use the keyword “volunteering”.  This will lead to a link where the process is explained and you can submit an application.  To get experience in Nutrition and Dietetics, I recommend specify that you want to work in this area.  Once the application is complete, they will reach out to schedule an interview.


Join Penn State’s Student Nutrition Association!

The Student Nutrition Association will hold its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00PM in 10 Henderson.
Consider joining this fun group. It is a great way to meet fellow classmates, engage in professional development activities, and participate in community service!
We provide opportunities to learn more about Penn State’s nutrition program and post-graduate options. In addition, members can get professional headshots taken for LinkedIn or ePortfolio’s and participate in our peer-mentoring program.  We will also offer group cooking nights in Henderson’s food lab as well as study groups! This year we will be focusing on engaging students in all options, and participating in the Penn State Community, as well as the larger State College Community.
Join us Tuesday and bring ideas to make this the best year yet!
Follow us on Facebook to get updates and reminders! 
If you have questions, please contact SNA President Mackenzie Lombardi at!


Career Fair Workshop Tonight with Free Dinner

The Student Council of the College of Health and Human Development is sponsoring a workshop tonight (August 30th) with representatives from Career Services on “Making the Most of Your First Career Fair.”  This session will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in 10 Henderson Building and dinner will be provided. All HHD students are welcome to attend.

Are you planning to graduate this fall?

Are you planning to graduate this fall?

It is the student’s responsibility to declare the intent to graduate.  If you are planning to be a fall 2018 graduate you need to declare now.  The deadline is September 4.  It is also important to check your “requirements” report on lionpath to be sure all of the categories are complete.  If you find one of the categories is open or credits are needed somewhere, please contact your adviser immediately.

You declare your intent on lionpath using the “Apply for Graduation” link.  Further instructions can be found on the Registrar’s page

Dietetics Option Information Session — September 6 — Mark your Calendars!

Dr. Coleman-Kelly, the Dietetics Program Director, will be having a Dietetics Option information session that offers detailed information about the steps to obtain the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential, the requirements to complete the Dietetics option, and strategies to think about early in your degree program to help you be more competitive for a Dietetic Internship. More information about the meeting is below:

Who should attend?

  • Students who just entered the Dietetics option and are in their Sophomore or Junior year
  • Students who are enrolled in the College of HHD and are considering the Dietetics option
  • Students who have in interest in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

When is it?  Thursday, September 6, 2018

Where is it? 5 HHD Building

What time is it?  4:35 pm to 5:45 pm

If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Dr. Coleman-Kelly at

Opportunity for Foodie Friends!

Have any of your friends ever wished they could take the cool Nutrition classes with cooking labs after hearing from you how awesome they are?!  Well, now is their chance!

We have room this semester for non-HM/Nutr majors in our Nutr119 class with the lab portion meeting on Wednesdays from 3:35-5:30.  If any of your friends would be interested in adding Nutr119 to their schedule this semester, please have them email Jennifer Meengs at to be added.

Student Engagement Network offers grants of up to $3,000 for undergrads Fall 2018

The Student Engagement Network is now accepting grant applications for fall 2018! Individual awards of up to $3,000 are available to undergraduate students who are looking to expand their experience beyond the classroom.
Funding can cover unpaid internships, research opportunities, travel costs, living expenses, event fees, supplies and materials, books, software needed for projects and presentations, and more. Funding can also be used as compensation to work less hours in order to be involved in a club or organization.
The application will close end of day on Friday, August 31. Award notifications will be sent on Friday, September 14. For questions or concerns, please email or call the Student Engagement Network office at (814) 863-5995.

Nutrition 251 TAs Needed

I am looking for a couple more upper-level nutrition students who are interested in being a teaching assistant (TA) for Nutrition 251 this Fall.  This is a great way to review basic nutrition information while building new skills and earning one 400-level credit (NUTR 496) for your major.  Available class times 9:05 a.m. and 1:25 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

If you are interested, please contact me via e-mail ( or phone (814-863-3930) for more information. Thank you!

Ms. Fleming