Monthly Archives: October 2018

Summer Programs for Pre-Health Students

Believe it or not, it is not too early to start lining up experiences for Summer 2019.  Please see the attached file for MANY opportunities for students interested in the various aspects of health care and research opportunities. Some of these internship and shadowing experiences could be potential sites for the NUTR 495 field experience in dietetics.  Many are appropriate for students looking for medical experience needed for Physician Assistant or Medical School. Pre-Health+Summer+Program+Links+2019B-1h85i6f

Mission Support

Vegan Club Seminar by Dr. Michael Greger

The Penn State Vegan Club has invited Dr. Michael Grefer to speak to their club on the benefits of eating a plant-based diet.

See this flyer for more details.

Paid Internship Opportunity

The Student Farm is still looking for applicants for the 2019 paid field internship. Nutrition majors in this internship can learn how community farming can improve nutrition knowledge and help create sustainable, healthy lifestyles. Students should apply as soon as possible since interviews are beginning next week.
The 2019 Student Farm paid intern positions are now open for the fourth growing season! We have several openings to join our team of field interns. Interns will work as a team to manage field production, market our produce, host events on the farm, and work with community partners on food security and food waste initiatives. No prior farm experience is required–just a desire to learn and contribute to the team! Work hours are flexible. For more information:
To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references on Interviews will begin mid-October and continue through the fall semester.

Open Opportunity to Meet Successful HPA Alumnus

All HHD students are invited to meet and talk with Dr. Kevin Frick, the Vice-Dean for Education in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. This open conversation will be held on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in 353 HHD Building (it’s OK if you have to arrive late or leave early).  Reservations are encouraged and can be made by e-mailing Heather Zimmerman at

Kevin is a Schreyer Honors and Health Policy and Administration Penn State alumnus who has gone on to an outstanding career as a health economist and an educational leader.  He has published widely in many HHD related areas, including obesity, cancer, vision care, global health, business and economics, health policy, and even foster care for children. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity if you are interested in any of these topics, or if you just want to meet someone who was once in your shoes and has gone on to build a successful and varied career.

Graduate and Professional School Fair

Want to learn more about the Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences graduate program? Come visit our booth at the Graduate School and Professional School Fair on Wednesday, October 24th 11am-2pm at the HUB–Alumni Hall. 

Stop by as you are passing through the HUB to learn more about the online MPS and new Future Education Model program with the pathway to RDN!


Faculty Lead – Nutrition Study Abroad Tour to Tokyo

A new Maymester Schreyer Honors Course
(open to Nutritional Sciences students not in SHC)

Interested in a 15 day study abroad tour to Tokyo?  Learn more about the program and download an application form by clicking on the links that follow.

NUTR497H (2 cr) in spring on the special topic of Japanese Food Culture, combined with NUTR499 (1 cr), a ~15-day trip to Tokyo in Maymester. The students will receive their grade and credits after the trip and submission of a final writing assignment.

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Study Smarter Not Harder Workshop – October 23

Feeling a bit bogged down with all the midterms?  Learn some effective strategies to succeed at the Study Smarter not Harder Workshop on Tuesday, October 23, 6:30-7:30 pm in 100 Life Sciences Building.

Prerequisites changed for Nutrition 421: Food Culture and Health Trends

Nutrition 421: Food Culture and Health Trends (3) (US;IL) explores the social-political, historic, and geographic roots of food patterns, featuring specific cuisine areas and nutritional disease patterns. This course provides the cultural awareness needed by dietitians and any student of food and culture to participate in dietary exploration and change.

The only prerequisite for this course is NUTR 251, although others are currently listed in the course bulletin. It will be taught for the first time in a while by one of the newest faculty members in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Stephen Kodish, Ph.D. who is also a faculty member in the Department of Biobehavioral Health.

For the full course description, please visit this link: NUTR 421.

2019 PAND Scholarships & Awards

The Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (PAND) offers student scholarships and awards. To be eligible, you must be a student member of the Academy with Pennsylvania selected as your state affiliation. Consider applying for the following awards/scholarships.

All award and scholarship applications are due January 10, 2019

Information on all awards and scholarships and how to apply can be found at: 

General Scholarship-$1000

Provides a scholarship to a member of PA Academy who wishes to become eligible for registration through a didactic program, an internship, ISPP, or a coordinated program. Scholarship award is presented at the Annual Meeting which is March 29-30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Diversity Scholarship-$1000

Provides a scholarship to a student with a diverse background, traditionally underrepresented in the field of dietetics. Scholarship award is presented at the Annual Meeting which is March 29-30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Student Stipend- $100

Are you a student who is planning to attend the Annual Meeting and Exhibition?  If so, consider applying for the student stipend.  It can help offset the cost of the annual meeting (March 29-30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA), and connect you to a member of PA Academy.

Outstanding Student Award

Recognizes emerging leadership and achievement of students enrolled in Academy-accredited and approved dietetics education programs (DPD) and encourages participation in the Academy. Award is presented at the Annual Meeting which is March 29-30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.


Global Health Minor Information Sessions


Global Health Minor Information sessions will be held in The Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building.
2018 Fall Semester
Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 8 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 29 at 6 p.m.
Monday, December 10 at 3 p.m.

2019 Spring Semester
Thursday, January 17 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m

Minor Goals and Activities
• Develop the capacity to think, talk, and write critically about global health issues and challenges.
• Complete a five-week supervised fieldwork experience in South Africa, Tanzania, or Ecuador.
• Prepare for occupations that demand global thinking, understanding and experience.
Global Health is a competitive minor, open to any Penn State student who is enrolled at the University Park campus and who has declared a major field of study.
After attending an information session, students who are interested in applying for the Global Health Minor should schedule an advising appointment to meet with the Global Health Minor Program Director, Dr. Dana Naughton. Thirty-minute advising sessions may be arranged by contacting the staff of the Department of Biobehavioral Health at 814-863-7256. Application
materials will be provided to students at the time of meeting.
Applications are due February

See the GH-Session_Flyer for additional information.