Monthly Archives: October 2014

Medical School Bound? Medical Monday Nov 3, 3:35 in 110 Thomas

Attn: Nutrition, Basic Sciences students!

Medical Monday: Have questions about applying to medical school or our committee interview/letter process? Join us this coming MondayNovember 3rd from 3:35 – 4:25pm in 110 Thomas Building. We will present the basics of applying to medical school addressing timeline to application, when you should take the MCAT to be competitive, characteristics medical schools look for in applicants, and other questions. We will focus on Medical School but Dental and Optometry school have similar processes, so pre-dental and pre-optometry students are welcome!

Medical Monday

Attention Graduating Seniors: University of Pennsylvania Opening for 2 Clinical Research Coordinator positions

University of Pennsylvania has two open Clinical Research Coordinator positions for a newly NIH-funded research study on eating behaviors in lean and obese children with different familial predispositions to obesity. Ideal candidate will have bachelor’s degree nutrition. Click the link below for more information and how to apply!

UPenn Clinical Research Coordinator Position Flyer

Alumni Mentoring Program – Deadline October 31, 2014

Participation in the Alumni Mentoring program of the College is a valuable networking opportunity.  Students often develop lasting relationships with their Mentor that have eased the process of obtaining internships and other professional opportunities.  I advise all current Juniors to consider this opportunity.

Alumni Mentoring Program Invitation

This is an invitation to become part of the award-winning Penn State College of Health and Human Development Alumni Mentoring program. The mentoring program is designed to match an alumni mentor one-on-one with a student protégé. The program enables you to gain “real world” knowledge from an alumnus or alumna working in your field of interest.


  • Alumni mentors volunteer their time to connect one-on-one with you to answer questions, offer guidance, and share real-world experiences.
  • Expand your professional network during the kickoff event where you will meet your alumni mentor and other alumni who represent diverse career paths.
  • Learn more about the alumni mentoring program.


  • Undergraduate with junior standing or MHA first year graduate student.
  • Must attend kick off event for your major. Please see event details for more information.
  • Maintain regular communication with your alumni mentor until you graduate.


  • A letter will be sent to your home address in December notifying you about your participation in the Alumni Mentoring Program.
  • You are expected to contact your alumni mentor prior to the February or March kickoff event to introduce yourself.


Complete the student protégé application.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Friday, October 31.

Scholarship announcement by the Association for Healthcare Foodservice

The Philadelphia/South Jersey Chapter of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice is pleased to announce that we are again offering scholarships (undergraduate $1,500 and graduate $1,500) to eligible students. Students will have the opportunity to apply for an undergraduate or graduate scholarship as appropriate to their level of study.

The scholarship will be for the 2015-2016 school year. Student applicants must be enrolled in a dietetic or hospitality program in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area or a student attending Penn State University. Scholarship award winners will be chosen by committee based on selection criteria that include financial need, scholastic achievement, commitment to the profession, and leadership ability.

It is our hope to announce the scholarship awards at the Philadelphia/South Jersey Chapter of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice Annual Symposium which will be held March 12, 2015.

Application Due date:  Applications must be postmarked no later than January 16, 2015 and received by January 19, 2015 to be considered for this year’s awards. Click psjahf application for scholarship 2015 for the scholarship form.

Send the scholarship applications to:

Susan E. Adams, MS, RD, LDN, FAND  (Nutrition Programs) School of Nursing and Health Sciences La Salle University 1900 West Olney Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141

If you have any questions, please email Susan at: or check our website at:

Two Opportunities in Global Health and Nutrition

The next GlobalHealthMinor_InformationSessions_2014-2015 is planned for October 22 in the Bennett Pierce Living Center (110 Henderson).  Please note that, while housed in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, we are interested in attracting diverse cohorts of undergraduate students from different majors across UP campus. Each year, approx. 20-25 students are accepted into the program. They complete on-campus coursework in global health, epidemiology and 6 credits’ worth of complementary electives, as well as a 6-week global health experience in Africa (South Africa, Tanzania or Senegal). Students who have completed the fieldwork requirement attend each information session and are excited to share their experiences with potential new recruits.
Further information about the GLBHL minor can be found at:

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive and unique global health experience. A transformative volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with our local doctor partners.

Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

What do Unite For Sight volunteers do? Unite For Sight’s Volunteer Abroad Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship.  Volunteers participate with and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to nearly 1.8 million patients living in poverty, including more than 85,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Volunteers assist with patient education, visual acuity testing, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors.  Additionally, volunteers may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing research. For example, we currently have volunteers pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to eye care.

Unite For Sight is the only organization in the world that:

  • is a healthcare delivery organization that also offers immersive global health education opportunities for students and professionals;
  • uses 100% of all donations and funds submitted to directly provide care for patients who are otherwise unable to access or afford care;
  • directly teaches the importance of supporting and assisting local professionals in their own social ventures to eliminate disparities in their communities and countries;
  • offers an opportunity to learn from local medical professionals about effective strategies to reach the hardest-to-reach patients in villages, slums, and refugee camps;
  • develops comprehensive training materials in cultural competency, ethics, and global health best practices to prepare its volunteers for a high-impact immersive experience.

Complete details are available online at

Scheduling Full or Controlled Nutrition Classes

Attention Sophomores and Freshmen needing a nutrition class for Spring 2015.

Seats are currently available in Nutr 360, but it is controlled for students officially in the major. If you are a pre-major student (HHD status) and would like to take Nutr 360 this spring, please meet with one of the pre-major advisers, Mrs. Kelly or Mrs. Eissenstat.  We can determine if you are eligible to declare the major now, or sign your drop/add form so you can be added to the class while still in HHD status.  Nutr 251 is a prerequisite for this class.  Drop/add forms are available in the Nutrition office, 110 Chandlee.   Any student who needs to take Nutr 251 this spring, should do the same.  We will attempt to accommodate every freshman currently tracking Nutrition.  The class is showing as full on the schedule of courses.  But, some hidden seats are available in each section.  You are most likely to get into  section 003, the Wednesday afternoon class .  So, keep that in mind as you plan the remainder of your schedule.

Contact your adviser if you have any questions about the appropriateness of these classes for your situation.

Call for Presentation Proposals – PSU Engaged Scholarship Inititaitve

Nutrition students are excellent candidates for this Engaged Scholarship Initiative.  Read below and consider applying if you’ve had practical experiences where you’ve been able to apply material learned in the classroom.

Student Lightning Presentations @ the 2014 Engaged Scholarship Expo

November 17, 2014  | Heritage Hall, Hetzel Union Building, University Park

How have you taken your education beyond the classroom? 

Maybe you scored an awesome internship, traveled the world during study abroad, or made groundbreaking progress through research. If so, you’ve had an engaged scholarship experience, and we want to hear from you!

The Council for Engaged Scholarship (COES) invites all undergraduate students to submit a proposal for a lightning presentation about how going beyond the classroom made a difference in their Penn State experience. Lightning presentations are designed to be quick and engaging—lasting no more than five minutes—so we can pack the most into the expo as possible.

If your proposal is selected, you’ll have the chance to showcase your experience along with other students at the upcoming Engaged Scholarship Expo in November! (Presenting at the expo is a great experience to talk about during future interviews, by the way!) If you’re interested, please submit your proposal by October 30, 2014.    

In the meantime, join the conversation about Penn State’s Engaged Scholarship Initiative on our Facebook and Twitter pages! 

Engaged Scholarship is defined as out-of-classroom academic experiences that complement classroom learning—undergraduate research, community-based learning, service learning, internships, capstone experiences, study abroad, study away, embedded travel courses.

The Council on Engaged Scholarship was formed in October 2012 to advance Penn State’s mission by creating a student-centered environment that fosters engaged teaching, research, and service. It is sponsored Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, and Outreach and Online Education.



6-week NIH Funded Research Experience in Rural Public Health Disparities

We recently received information about an NIH-funded summer research program in Rural Public Health.   Current Juniors are eligible to apply.

The initiative is a 6-week summer program at Georgia Southern University hosted by the Rural Health Research Institute and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The initiative, called DESRE (Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience), is a paid, hands-on research experience for undergraduate and graduate students.  During the program, students engage in cutting-edge rural health disparities research and receive training in the unique factors associated with addressing health disparities. Students work with and learn from a team of experienced faculty researchers from both Georgia Southern University and Mercer University.

A brief advertisement with more information as well as the application and FAQs can be accessed at the link below.  The application deadline is Monday, December 1st, 2014.

The website to learn more about the program and access the application is:

After you have carefully read all the material provided on the web site, please contact Janie Wilson, with any questions or for more information about the program.

Janie H. Wilson, PhD, DESRE Coordinator

Rural Health Research Institute



Quick Reminder – Open House this Saturday 2:30-4 PM

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is hosting an Open House for Parents and Families Weekend on Saturday, Oct 11, 2:30 to 4 PM in the lobby of Chandlee Lab.  We invite families, undergraduates, and faculty to join a tour of the facility, view research posters and a display of the Advanced Field Experiences of our current seniors.

Tours will be given at 2:30 and 3:30 PM starting in the lobby.

All are welcome to view the displays, chat with seniors, and attend a tour. See you there!

Call for Nominations for Dietetic Student Representative for the ACEND Board – Applications due November 1, 2014

Students who are interested in getting involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics should consider this opportunity.  This experience would be a nice addition to your resume and application packet for a Dietetic Internship.

More information:

Student members in the Academy with strong leadership skills who will be enrolled in the last year of an ACEND-accredited program during the 2015-2016 academic year are eligible to apply to be nominated Dietetics Student Representative of the ACEND board. Student representatives serve a two-year term in which they actively participate in two face-to-face ACEND board meetings and ten conference calls per year.  They are appointed to ACEND committees and participate in the Academy’s Student Advisory Committee.  ACEND business related expenses incurred while serving as a Student Representative member are reimbursed by ACEND.

Please submit your nomination form, letter of interest, resume and letter of recommendation from a faculty member to by November 1, 2014.   To obtain a nomination application form with submission information, please go to the then click on Qualifications and Nominations for ACEND Board Positions, click on Dietetic Student Representatives, scroll to Dietetic Student Representative Nomination/Application Form to download the form. You also may ask Dr. Coleman-Kelly (DPD Director) to download the application form through the ACEND Program Director Portal.

Note: Students will need to be enrolled in an ACEND accredited program at least for the first year of their two-year term.