Monthly Archives: February 2019

CBCF is Recruiting the Next Generation of Leaders!

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is currently recruiting interns for the 2019 summer Congressional Internship. From May to July, CBCF interns work in Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member offices and learn first-hand how to develop legislative and public policy initiatives. Don’t miss your chance to add your voice to the national dialogue on issues of importance. If you have the desire to work in politics or are merely interested in the policy-making process, apply today!  https://www.cbcfinc.org/internships/

Qualifications:
•    U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S. through May 2020
•    Active full-time enrollment in college or recent graduation from a college within twelve (12) months of internship application
•    Completion of at least 30 credits towards an undergraduate degree
•    Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
•    Demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and the policy-making process

Reminder: Virtual Open House Feb. 20th 4-5pm! Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)

Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences received final ACEND-accreditation of our Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program. The newly accredited program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. Applications are now being accepted for the Experiential Track that begins summer 2019 (May 13, 2019). Applications due by March 1st!

Attend the Virtual Open House!

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm ET. The Virtual Open House will be conducted via video conferencing. If you plan to attend, please complete this RSVP survey by Monday, February 18th. You will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

Nutrition Volunteers needed for Camp Energy

Intern at Camp ENERGY! Aug 3-9, 2019 (campers arrive on the 4th)

Join our mission to improve the health and wellness of our community. This internship is an opportunity for motivated undergraduate and graduate students to augment their education and career preparation in a variety of fields, including nutrition/dietetics, athletics/physical education, pediatrics, and adolescent weight management. For example, students interested in nutrition can help campers personalize nutrition plans at camp and at home and help lead nutrition education sessions, mentored by a registered dietitian. A kinesiology major may help campers modify physical activities to their ability and set exercise goals, mentored by a collegiate swim coach. Students interested in behavioral health can learn how risk factors impact health and weight in adolescents while they work with campers individually under the mentorship of a pediatric psychologist.

During the internship, students will support adolescents ages 11-18 in a week-long journey incorporating education around nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. Students act as camp counselors to directly foster the growth of camp participants, offering individualized attention in structured group programming. The internship will also provide opportunities for mentored relationships, skill development (including leadership, accountability, teamwork, and communication), and an experiential foundation for transition to the workforce. This is a great opportunity to build a resume through experience, service hours, and letters of recommendation.

See the flier here:  Volunteer Flyer_CAMP_ENERGY_2019 (1)-z9mnef.

Visit us at: www.gocampenergy.org

 

Katie McNitt, RD, LDN
Research Technologist I
Center for Childhood Obesity Research
129 Noll Lab, Penn State University
(814) 865-5245

Volunteers needed for Dr. Barclays’ Camp for Children with Diabetes

Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes


Penn State students who volunteered last summer were Heather Fortsch, Claire Pomorski and Prin Kulwatno.

Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes is seeking 3-4 student dietitian volunteers, preferably in their junior or senior year, for the week of Saturday, July 13th – Saturday, July 20th.  The camp is located within Camp Fitch in North Springfield, PA (about 30 minutes from Erie, PA). Student dietitians work with an interdisciplinary medical team while assisting campers with carbohydrate selections during meal time, passing AM. and P.M. snacks, informing the physicians of campers’ carbohydrate intake, participating in 3 A.M. blood glucose testing rounds with the medical team, and creating and presenting an educational game on nutrition and diabetes. Volunteers will stay at camp in “Mirto Lodge” for the entire week. Room and board are provided free of charge.

A former student shared the following:

“I would recommend this experience to any student because it provided a thorough understanding of diabetes, beyond what is learned in the classroom. I am more confident with carbohydrate counting and diet exchanges, and I have been able to discuss this experience in job interviews and personal statements for the DI.

If you are a junior, it is definitely possible to complete the summer field experience and field experience proposal. I was able to request time off from my preceptor.  This experience helped me gain a better understanding of how to work as part of a team including physician assistants, medical residents, dietitians and food service staff. I loved helping at the camp because the medical staff was incredibly supportive and wanted us to have a hands-on experience as well as free time to participate in the camp activities like paddle boarding, horseback riding, and zip lining.”

To help us select students that would best be suited for this opportunity, please provide the following by April 15th via email or regular mail.

  1. A copy of your resume.
  2. A statement explaining why this experience would be valuable to you or how you are suited for it.
  3. A copy of your “advising transcript”.

Email to Darlene at darprz@live.com and Renee at rslabic@aol.com, or send by regular mail:

Renee Slabic, RD, LDN

9570 Tileyard Rd.

Waterford, PA 16441

Selection for this volunteer opportunity will be made by May 15th.

Please contact Darlene Przybyszewski at darprz@live.com with any questions. Applicants may also contact the former student volunteers with questions about their experience:

Heather: hxf158@psu.edu

Claire: cpomo137@gmail.com

Prin:  psk5106@psu.edu

Summer Training in Aging Research Program

Be a STAR: NIA summer research training program application period opens

Summertime means time off for most high school and college students, but a select, highly motivated few use the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique research experience: the NIA Intramural Research Program’s Summer Training in Aging Research (STAR) Program.

Each year, NIA’s STAR Program-part of the broader NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research-attracts a diverse group of applicants from high schools, colleges, medical schools, and graduate programs. Whether or not they’ve decided on a research career, STAR participants get to work directly with NIA intramural investigators and postdoctoral fellows while gaining cutting-edge scientific and lab skills that can boost a multitude of career paths related to the biology of aging.

Getting a STAR experience

STAR Interns will learn a lot and benefit, too, from meeting scientific staff who are happy to support and mentor them. All will learn the scientific method, and some may get an opportunity to co-author a journal article. Interns attend scientific seminars on age-related research, develop research poster presentations, and receive career mentorship from NIA scientists and staff, including help with preparation of professional and graduate school applications.

The program culminates in the Summer Program Poster Day. This day-long event gives these young scientists a chance to share a true NIH experience. And for the NIA scientists looking proudly on, the day reinforces the value of mentoring the next generation of potential researchers.

New participation criteria for 2019

The 2019 STAR season introduces some important changes to the eligibility requirements. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university and must be 17 years old by June 15 of the internship year. High school students must meet two additional criteria:

  1. They must be either juniors or seniors, and
  2. If they will not be 18 years old by June 15 of the internship year, they must, at the time of application, reside within 40 miles of the NIH campus on which they hope to intern.

Some flexibility exists to accommodate individual student needs.

The number of students each year varies, depending on the quantity and quality of applications, as well as the size of the program’s budget. Last summer, 56 students participated. We estimate that NIA has mentored more than 1,200 summer interns over the 26-year history of the program.

How to apply

The application period for the 2019 NIH SIP is now open. The application deadline is March 1, 2019; 11:30 p.m., Eastern time.

You can apply for a summer internship online through the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education website. You can find print (PDF, 120K) and video application tips on that site.

Detailed information on eligibility criteria, the selection process, and the nature of the summer program for high school interns can be found on the new High School SIPweb page, including a detailed video on the application process.

Students who express an interest in aging or select NIA as their Institute of choice will have their applications directed to us. After you submit your online application, please contact me to ensure that your information is placed in the NIA applicant pool for consideration.

If you’re a student, parent, or researcher with additional questions on these summer programs, please comment below. If you’re a past participant, we welcome your comments as well.

Training

Arlene JACKSON,
Intramural Recruitment Specialist,
Office of the Scientific Director (OSD)
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Passionate about the Nutrition Program?

The Nutrition Department needs students to meet with high school seniors who have been accepted to Penn State and expressed an interest in majoring in Nutrition. These seniors love hearing the student perspective on Penn State. The College of Health and Human Development is offering a total of seven Accepted Student Programs (ASP) and we still need students for the three listed below. If you can help, you would be paired with a Nutrition faculty member to discuss our major at one of the following programs:

Monday, February 11th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. – in HHD 108
Faculty Member: Lynn Parker Klees

Friday, March 29th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. – location TBD
Faculty Member: Catharine Ross

Friday, April 26th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. – location TBD
Faculty Member: Brenda Eissenstat

Please contact Cindy Adams (cca5153@psu.edu) if you are interested in inspiring incoming students. Thank you!

 

 

Virtual Open House: Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)

As you may know, the Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences received final ACEND-accreditation of our Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program. The newly accredited program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. Applications are now being accepted for the Experiential Track that begins summer 2019, pending final University approval.

Attend the next Virtual Open House!

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm ET. The Virtual Open House will be conducted via video conferencing. If you plan to attend, please complete this RSVP survey by Monday, February 18th. You will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

Application Process & Deadlines

You will apply to the MPS in Nutritional Sciences Experiential Track using Penn State’s online Graduate School application. The Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) will not be used for application to this program.

  • March 1: Application deadline
  • March 15: Applicants will be notified of selection for interviews via email
  • March 21, 22, 26, and 27: Interview dates (in-person or via video conferencing)
  • March 29: Admission offers will be extended on or before this date.  
  • April 9: Decisions of offer acceptance are due by 5pm

Note: As an applicant, you will know if you are being offered admission prior to the deadline for DICAS program ranking, and a response to an offer is not due until Tuesday, April 9th which is 1 day after DICAS match acceptances are due! We hope that this will be advantageous for your decision-making throughout the process.

Additional details about the accredited track, including program requirements, curriculum, application and selection processes, important dates, and costs can be found on our program website.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Shawnee M. Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Assistant Teaching Professor, Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Coordinator| smc28@psu.edu

 

CHEM 130 Students needing to Schedule CHEM 202

If you are currently taking CHEM 130 and planning to schedule CHEM 202 over the summer or next fall, you will find there is a control preventing you from scheduling directly in Lionpath.  The Chemistry department has submitted a course change for CHEM 202 to include CHEM 130 as a prerequisite.  But, that petition was only recently submitted and won’t be approved in time for those registering early.  So, in the meantime, if you were planning on taking the web version of CHEM 202 offered through the Penn State Dubois campus during the second summer session, you can email the instructor, Dr. Khan kub@psu.edu,  and he will add you to the course.  If you would like to schedule the UP course, you can contact your adviser.  We will send an email with the names of all students we are aware of to the department and the class will be scheduled for you. Please contact your adviser if you have any questions related to this.

Mrs. Eissenstat