Monthly Archives: February 2014

Paid summer research opportunity to study the Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our summer research experience for undergraduates again in summer 2014.  The program’s focus is Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior.   The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.The goal of this program is to provide 10 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of animal  and human behavior. Students will be trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct research studies involving either animal or human subjects.  Students will also be trained in the responsible conduct of research. Students will be mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members who are tenured/tenure-track faculty with strong programs of research. Students selected for the program will be expected to devote at least 40 hours a week for research; thus, it is not possible to be enrolled in courses or other activities during the program.

Program dates: May 31, 2014-July 26, 2014

Application deadline: March 21, 2014

Notification Date: April 15, 2014

To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.  Each student will reside in a campus dormitory (at no cost to the student) and receive $500 per week to cover food and other living expenses.  Students will receive a $500 travel stipend to pay for their travel to and from campus and a $500 additional stipend, if students present research at an academic conference.

Information about how to submit an application is available at

We especially welcome applications from students from underrepresented groups, including first generation college students and students from rural areas.  Students coming from undergraduate institutions that do not provide access to research experiences are also preferred.

Please share this with any interested students and forward it to any colleagues who may have students who are interested in learning more about the program.


Shelia M. Kennison, Ph.D.

Interested in International Work?

Career services is sponsoring two information sessions this week relevant to International Nutrition and Health:

Peace Corps  –  February 25, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in 103A Bank of America Career Services Center.

The Medical School for International Health –  February 26, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM in 117 Thomas.

People to People Career Fair – Thursday, Feb. 27

The 2014 People to People Career Fair is next week on February 27 in the Bryce Jordan Center from 10am to 2pm.  The focus of this Career Fair is on opportunities through full-time positions, internships, summer jobs, and volunteering to gain experience that impacts the well-being and development of others. Over 75 employers are attending.  The event is sponsored by Career Services, the College of Health & Human Development, Smeal College of Business, College of Education, and the College of Liberal Arts.  For more information go to .

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Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Scholarships – Deadline March 4

As we posted in a recent blog, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics scholarship deadline was extended until February 21 .  But, you may also want to consider the PA Dietetic Association Scholarships.  Deadline for these is March 4.  There is also a stipend available for the Annual Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Meeting in April.  The meeting runs from April 23-25 in Bethlehem PA.  Deadline for stipend applications is April 1.   You are eligible to apply for these if you are an AND member and have listed your residency as Pennsylvania.  To learn more go to

If you are not a Pennsylvania resident, check for scholarship opportunities in your own state.

Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp nutrition experience

Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp (KDKC) is a camp where children with type 1 diabetes between the ages ages 8 – 15 can come to have fun, meet other kids with diabetes and experience camp. KDKC will be held at the Camp Victory facility, located in central Pennsylvania from June 15 – 20, 2014. Throughout the week campers work closely with counselors, clinicians and dietitians to learn more about their diabetes and diabetes management in a casual, non-clinical environment while they participate in all the activities Camp Victory has to offer.

KDKC is looking to employ volunteers as Dietetic Interns from June 14-20, 2014. We ask that the volunteers have an interest in getting nutrition experience by working with  children who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. They would be responsible for determining the carbohydrate count of meals and snacks, helping the campers to count their carbohydrates during the meal times, creating a nutrition education lesson for the age group they are assigned to and help during the day at various activities. If you are interested in having this experience, please fill out the Camp Staff application and  email it to .

We are looking forward to working with you and your students!

Thank you,

Alexis Newman RD, LDN

Director of Nutrition for KDKC

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship deadline has been extended

Due to the extreme weather around the country and the closure of many academic institutions, the Academy Foundation will extend the postmark deadline for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Foundation scholarship application until February 21st. Get information about the scholarship program go to

Information Sessions with Kraft Foods and Nestle USA Inc. this week

Check out the Career Services posting for this week.  Information sessions are being held for positions with Nestle (February 11, tonight) and Kraft Foods (Feb 13, Thursday night) this week.  Also don’t forget the People to People Career Fair at the Bryce Jordan Center on February 27, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Meet with employers from Camps, Health and Fitness, Hospitals, Clinics and Treatment Centers, Non-profit agencies and more.

Career Services Weekly Posting – Week of February 10, 2014

Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes

We are looking for 2-3 dietetic students, preferably in their junior or senior year, to volunteer at diabetes camp from July 20 through July 26, 2014.  Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes has been in existence since 1977.  It is a medically supervised 1 week summer camp for children with diabetes, ages 8-16, and is located within Camp Fitch (an ACA accredited YMCA camp) in North Springfield, PA (about 30 minutes from Erie, PA).   It’s staffed with medical residents, physician assistants, nurse, dietitians and other volunteer health care professionals/students, under the medical direction of an endocrinologist.  This is a mainstream camp.  Most of the children at CampFitch do not have diabetes.  Typically, there are 25-35 children with diabetes who attend every year.  During the week, campers with diabetes do all the same activities as “typical” campers, from water skiing to horseback riding to climbing walls. They are given the opportunity to increase their independence in managing their diabetes as they attend daily educational sessions in coping and management skills and interact with other children who also have diabetes.

Student volunteers would be working under the direction of 2 registered dietitians (one of whom is a certified diabetes educator).

Responsibilities include preparing and dispensing sugar free punch, working in the dining hall, assisting the campers with their carbohydrate selections (including those wearing insulin pumps), passing A.M. and P.M. snacks, informing the physicians of campers’ carbohydrate intake, so the appropriate amount of mealtime insulin can be given.

Student volunteers have also helped to create and present educational games on nutrition and diabetes.  They may also participate in 3 A.M. blood glucose testing rounds with a medical team (physician, physician assistant, dietitian).

The medical staff stays in Mirto Lodge at CampFitch, which is equipped with bunk beds and showers.  We eat all meals in the dining hall and the camp food is delicious!

This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for student dietitians.  For more information, contact Darlene at  Interested candidates can go to the Camp Fitch website:  Students who respond to this letter may be asked to provide some additional information.


Darlene Przybyszewski, RD, LDN, CDE and Renee Slabic, RD

c/o Diabetes Institute at UPMC Hamot
104 East 2nd Street, 8th Floor
Erie, PA 16507

Passionate about health & wellness? Become a HealthWorks peer educator!

Penn State students who are interested in promoting health among their peers can apply to participate in HealthWorks, a peer education and outreach program within University Health Services. HealthWorks peer educators facilitate educational workshops on nutrition and sexual health, staff outreach events, and provide HIV test counseling. Past projects include a healthy cooking video series, a fitness event for first-year students, and outreach for Love Your Body week. Membership applications will be accepted until March 7th for the 2014-2015 school year. To learn more or apply, visit

Credits earned through HealthWorks can be applied to the supporting courses category on your degree audit.