Monthly Archives: January 2018

Know an Excellent Student Writer? Nominate Them (or Yourself) for the Francis Hoffman Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Francis Hoffman Award for Excellence in Writing. Faculty and/or students may nominate any paper written by any Health and Human Development undergraduate student in the Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 for the award. Any student paper written for a class, a chapter of a thesis, article submitted for publication, or other forms of professional writing can be nominated for this award.

Each department will have approximately $300 to award, departments may nominate 1 to 3 papers to the College for recognition. Departments may have their awardees selected by their scholarship or awards committee, their undergraduate program committee, or by separate committee for the Hoffman award. Departments should notify the college of their award decisions by March 30, 2018.

To nominate someone for this award, complete this form: Francis Hoffman Award for Excellence in Writing-2j71owy  and then attach a copy of the completed form to the reverse side of the paper being nominated and submit both to the appropriate Departmental Office. Nominations are due by March 16, 2018 and should be dropped off to the locations indicated below for each specific department.

Department of Biobehavioral Health, 219 Biobehavioral Health Building, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 308 Ford Building, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award

Department of Health Policy and Administration, 604 Ford Building, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award

The School of Hospitality Management, 201 Mateer Building, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award

Department of Human Development and Family Studies, 119 Health and Human Development Building, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award

Department of Kinesiology, 276 Recreation Building, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award

Department of Nutritional Sciences, 110 Chandlee Laboratory, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award

Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, 801 Ford Building, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award

(All addresses are University Park, PA 16802)

Passionate About Health & Wellness?

Apply to become a Peer Educator!
Applications due March 2, 2018

Peer Educators:

  • Gain up-to-date knowledge to address various health issues
  • Develop better public speaking and leadership skills
  • Advocate to improve health-related programs and services at Penn State
  • Build friendships and a professional network
  • Earn academic credit
  • Make a difference in the health of Penn State students!
Apply online by March 2, 2018 @  Health Works 


Study Abroad Opportunity through Mississippi State University

Dear students,
The International Institute Office of Study Abroad at Mississippi State University is offering two Study Abroad programs developed specifically for undergraduate and graduate students interested in Global Health and Nutrition. A trip to Czech Republic (Prague, Terezin, Karlovy Vary) is scheduled during the Maymester and a trip to Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai) is scheduled for the 1st half of the Summer semester.

The itinerary is quite amazing so please review it!
Here’s a link to website where you can find information about financial aid and all different kinds of scholarships.

If you are interested in participating in either Study Abroad program, please fill out the application ASAP. We will not be able to take more than 12 students per trip. The application link is below.
Global Nutrition: focus on Thailand:
Nutrition and Health through the Ages (Czech Republic):
Students from other will first need to apply to MSU as a transient student.  Information on this process can be found
Once they are accepted as a transient student they will need to complete the online program application in the same manner as MSU students.  
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Mosby at
Thank you,
Dr. Mosby

University of Auckland: Northern Hemisphere Summer Research Scholarship

Outstanding HHD students with prior research experiences can take advantage of an opportunity to do research at the University of Auckland in New Zealand this summer. There are a number of research projects in areas of life and health science, clinical medicine, and public health seeking student researchers. Details on the opportunity and application are below:

What is this opportunity?

This is an opportunity to join a faculty-supervised research project at the University of Auckland.  Research opportunities are in a host of disciplines ranging from Architecture to Engineering to Dance.  Please consult this Research Programme web page for all information on the program and what research projects are on-going.  Only a maximum of five (5) Penn State students will be selected for a research project for summer 2018.  Penn State is one of 6 world-renowned universities selected to have its students take part in this exciting opportunity.

What benefits do students receive?

Students will receive up to NZ$2000 towards round-trip travel to Auckland as well as a NZ$4,400 tax-free stipend for doing the research project.  The monetary benefits are outweighed by the research experience which can be very valuable for fellowship as well as graduate school application credentials, not to mention living in Auckland – one of the world’s top cities for quality of life.

By when must students apply?

Students must complete their online application through the University of Auckland by midnight NZST on February 12, 2018This equates to 6am ET on February 12, 2018 in the United States.  (To be safe, we recommend advising your students to have everything completed and uploaded by midnight on the 11th of February.)

How should students apply and what is required?

Students may apply online by clicking the blue “Apply Now” button on the upper-right side of the Eligibility web page.  Students must be Penn State undergraduates in good standing who have completed at least 2 years of study at the time the award would be activated.  These students should have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.  They will also be asked to submit a CV, an official academic transcript as well as any project-specific information requested by the supervising faculty.

Does the Education Abroad office need to stay connected with students’ applications?

The University of Auckland will notify Education Abroad of students who apply and, ultimately, students who are selected.  As this is a non-credit experience, there is no pre-application through Education Abroad.  However, students who are selected and who intend to participate must register their travel with the Travel Safety Network and apply for a visa well in advance of travel.  The Education Abroad office can answer general questions about travel and visas for students once selected for the program.


Student Farm at Penn State: Communications Intern Position Announcement

The Sustainable Food Systems Program (SFSP) and Student Farm is seeking a Communications Intern to support the communications, marketing and outreach goals of the program. This paid position will work closely with the Program Director and Graphic Design Intern to initiate, coordinate and manage digital, print and creative media for the program. Hours are approximately 8-10 hours per week, with some fluctuation based on project load throughout the year. The position has a good possibility of continuation for multiple semesters. Pay is $11.00/hour.

Responsibilities 1. Regularly update and edit the Student Farm website, including overall site structure and blog entries written by other Student Farm interns 2. Create and post social media content for Student Farm accounts across multiple platforms 3. Write news stories for the program’s website and e-newsletter 4. Design and conduct outreach to diverse audiences across Penn State to promote opportunities and events for the SFSP and Student Farm Club 5. Serve as the primary media contact for the SFSP and communicate with local media to promote events and other opportunities 6. Assist with creative marketing campaigns 7. Maintain good communications between partners including the Sustainability Institute, Housing and Food Services, key colleges and student clubs 8. Track data relevant to program objectives, and perform recordkeeping duties 9. Occasionally work on the Student Farm with other interns to learn about production and harvest

Qualifications 1. Current Penn State student with at least a 3.0 GPA 2. Superb written, interpersonal and oral communication skills 3. Ability to learn quickly, prioritize multiple projects, meet deadlines and enjoy a fast-paced work environment 4. Proficient understanding of AP style writing, adding content to websites, and social media platforms 5. Ability to work with diverse groups or individuals in indoor and outdoor settings 6. Ability to work with minimal supervision and manage schedule independently 7. An interest in and knowledge about food systems issues and concepts is strongly preferred 8. Valid driver’s license, own transportation, computer and internet access

To apply, upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to, job #76398 Application deadline is Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Summer-Fall 2018 Paid Internship, State College PA

The Student Farm at Penn State, University Park, is now offering paid opportunities for current Penn State students interested in working with the Student Farm in our third growing season! Student farmers lead and participate in farm production, harvest, marketing, community outreach, volunteer management, event planning, and more. Previous experience in relevant fields is welcome, but not as necessary as the motivation to learn and contribute to a positive work environment.

Responsibilities Student farmers are the ambassadors to the farm. Essential roles include ensuring that safety, produce quality, and a fun work environment are maintained among co-workers, volunteers, Student Farm Club members, and courses that may visit and work on the farm. Farm activities that student farmers lead and participate in may include: • Attend weekly farm planning meetings on Monday mornings • Sow seeds in greenhouse and field, transplant plants in field • Manage production and recordkeeping including irrigation, fertilization, pest and weed management • Harvest, wash and market crops through our CSA and to campus dining • Work with community partners including food pantries, community gardens and area schools • Host and lead volunteers and other visitors at the farm • Drive a university vehicle as needed

Internship Details • Pay is $11/hour • Summer Term: May 7-August 20, 20-40 hours/week, weekdays 7am-12pm with some flex in additional hours • Fall Term: August 21-November 1, 12-15 hours/week, good possibility to continue work in spring 2019 • Work is primarily outdoors, with some computer-based work including record keeping, event planning and blog writing

Qualifications • Upon hiring, completion of 2-credit training during spring semester • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills • Able to prioritize and learn new tasks quickly, meet deadlines, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment • Able to work outdoors in varied weather and able to lift 50 pounds • Valid driver’s license; own transportation to the farm is required

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to, job #76397 Application deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Attention seniors: U of Delaware MS offers stipend and tuition waivers

The University of Delaware Master of Science in Human Nutrition has several funded assistantships (tuition waiver and stipend) available for the 2018-2019 school year. Interested applicants can visit to learn more about our program and application requirements. Applicants should visit to apply to UD.

Summer 2018 Research Positions for Undergraduates – in USA and Abroad

Every year, the Amgen Scholars Program provides 240 selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of Europe, USA, and Asia’s premier educational institutions – posted on Trialect . Eligible students enrolled at colleges and universities throughout the world may apply. Stipend, Housing and round-trip travel costs are covered and the amount depends on the host University. Depending up on where you live, you can apply to the following programs:

To apply, visit the following links:

Amgen Scholars Europe
Amgen Scholars USA
Amgen Scholars Worldwide


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Summer Internship in Philadelphia

The Penn State Center Philadelphia is looking to broaden the applicant pool for this year’s Summer Community Engagement Internship. The internship is open to current students, as well as recent graduates (graduation year 2017/2018) from the Pennsylvania State University:

Summer 2018 Community Engagement Internship

  • Internship duration: 10 Weeks (Monday, June 4, 2018 – Friday, August 10, 2018)
  • Compensation: Paid Wage Payroll Position 
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Description: We are seeking a handful of enthusiastic undergraduate students for the summer of 2018. The selected interns will be given opportunities to sharpen their skill sets, gain experience in unique environments, and build their professional networks. This internship is an exciting opportunity for students who are interested in the broader issues surrounding food justice, and relationship building through community immersion. Each student will spend 3 days a week working with one of our Penn State Center Philadelphia partner organizations, and the other two days working collaboratively at the Penn State Center Philadelphia. Please submit a letter of interest and resume with your application to be considered for this opportunity.
  • Apply through PSU Jobs portal with letter of interest and resume:

Highlights regarding the internship for this year:

Areas of student interest for Internship:

o   Urban Agriculture
o   Food Policy
o   Community Development
o   Nutrition Education
o   Youth Leadership Development
o   Social Media/ Public Health Communication

For more information, please contact: Heidi Chau at


Learn More about the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences

Are you thinking about a graduate degree after graduation? The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences is a graduate degree offered through Penn State’s World Campus and the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and is 100% online.  The unique focus of our high-quality MPS gives you the opportunity to learn from expert faculty who are leaders in the field and the flexibility of earning your degree while living anywhere.

The MPS in Nutritional Sciences is a 30-credit program designed to help prepare you for evidence-based advanced practice. Our online program features a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and interactive technology to engage you in the learning process. The course work is focused on the development of leadership skills in various nutrition practice settings including clinical, research, community, and management. Our curriculum has been developed to create a skill set that you can use to apply to your experiences and issues in the workplace. The courses are based on a student-centered, highly interactive learning model. We use diverse, innovative teaching and learning methods that consider various learning styles and will help you tailor your education to your career needs and set you apart from your peers.

Save the Date: Informational Webinar

Join us on Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT to learn more about the program. More information coming soon on webinar registration!

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

  • April 15, 2018 for summer (2018) semester admission
  • July 15, 2018 for fall semester (2018) admission
  • November 15, 2018 for spring (2010) semester admission

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:

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN, MPS Director & Associate Outreach Professor/Instructor,

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, MPS Coordinator & Senior Instructor,