Monthly Archives: September 2018

Get Real-world Advice from an Alumni Mentor!

Student applications are currently being accepted for the Health & Human Development Alumni Mentoring program.  This program pairs alumni of each program within HHD, including Nutritional Sciences, with students currently majoring in the same field. This is a great opportunity to get real-world advice from Penn Staters currently working in a variety of settings related to nutrition. Don’t miss this opportunity for getting some expert assistance as you plan your own future!

For more information, please visit this page and read all of the information posted there before clicking on the Student Application link. Deadline for applying is Monday, October 15th.

Special Note: The Nutritional Sciences alumni volunteers will first meet with the accepted student protégés at a special luncheon scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Nittany Lion Inn. If you apply for this program, please mark this important initial meeting time on your calendar.

HHD Education Abroad Open House – 9/27/18

Explore study abroad programs led by HHD faculty all over the world on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. in the Commons Area (first floor) of the Health and Human Development Building. For more information contact: or or #HHDStudyAbroad

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!