Monthly Archives: April 2020

Teaching Assistants Needed for Fall 2020

Good Afternoon!

I am looking for teaching assistants for Nutrition 251 for the Fall 20202 semester. Serving as a TA is a great way to review basic nutrition information while building new skills and earning one 400-level credit (NUTR 496) towards your major.

You must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA to become a TA. You will be expected to attend class, help grade assignments and hold review sessions before each exam.

I am looking for TAs for two sections of NUTR251:

  • M/W/F 9:05-9:55
  • M/W/F 1:25-2:15

If you are interested, please e-mail me at

Thank you!

Dr. Ford

FREE Virtual Nutrition & Dietetics Conference, Friday April 17

Due to the risk of spreading COVID-19, the DC Metro Area of Nutrition & Dietetics has decided to adjust the format of the Annual Meeting. This one-day conference will now be held virtually on Friday, April 17, 2020. Registration is FREE for students, and students who are interested in registering should email

The theme this year is innovative food systems, inclusivity and progressive research in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Some speakers will also be presenting on food policy + intuitive eating.

Summer & Fall 2020 Scheduling: Prerequisite Problem in Lionpath

Lionpath at times is not reading that students have completed, or are currently enrolled in, courses that are prerequisites for courses students want to take this summer or fall. For NUTR majors, this has been a problem with the Chem > BMB sequence. The Registrar’s Office and Lionpath IT are working on the problem. Please be patient, and continue to try enrolling in your summer and fall Chem and BMB courses periodically.

Reminder: Late Drop Deadline (April 10) and Alternative Grading for Spring 2020

This is just a reminder that the late drop deadline is this Friday, April 10, at midnight. With all of the changes this spring semester due to the coronavirus outbreak, we made the decision not to change this deadline.  However, with the implementation of alternative grading, it is important to understand that a Late Drop (LD) and a Z grade (the alternative selection if an F is earned), function similarly. Like LD, a Z grade will not impact your GPA.

Part of the rationale for instituting alternative grading is to encourage you to continue to try your best in all courses, knowing that alternative grading provides protection against earning lower grades than are typical for you. It is important that you discuss plans for late dropping courses with your adviser and that you consult with Student Aid to confirm how these decisions might affect your aid eligibility going forward.

Rob Pangborn

Robert N. Pangborn, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean for Undergraduate Education
and Professor of Engineering Mechanics
The Pennsylvania State University
417 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-1864; Fax: 814-863-7452

MPS Experiential Track (RDN Pathway) with Openings for Summer 2020 (apply now through April 15th)

The Dept. of Nutritional Sciences Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Experiential Track is a competency-based Future Graduate program for students seeking the RDN credential and a master’s degree. 

We have a few remaining openings for qualified applicants during the post-match period.

 We are looking to add 15 qualified students to our 2nd class of the Experiential Track (starting Summer 2020); we will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis through April 15th.

 Program Details:

  • ACEND-accredited Future Graduate Program
  • 24-month long program; RDN exam eligible upon graduation
  • Core MPS curriculum with emphasis in leadership and advanced practice with capstone project
  • 39 credits in total (33 credits online + 6 credits in residence)
  • Online didactic coursework integrated with three semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning (SEL) in food service management, clinical nutrition and community nutrition–
  • Two geographic locations for SEL: University Park, PA or Harrisburg/Hershey, PA. (indicate preference upon application)
  • Program begins in the summer semester—May 18th, 2020—with online coursework only for this semester.
  • SEL’s start in the fall of year 1 through end of summer year 2, online coursework ONLY for the last 2 semesters of the program (fall and spring year 2)
  • Verification Statement not required to apply 
  • GRE scores NOT required

 Application Requirements: Students will apply through the Penn State Graduate School online application system only  (not DICAS). 

  • Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0
  • Official Transcripts from Bachelor’s degree as well as transcripts from any other institutions where courses were taken towards the bachelor’s degree
  • NO GRE required
  • Documentation of 500 hours of volunteer and/or work experience of which 300 hours must be nutrition/dietetics related
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • 3 professional references
  • $65 Application Fee to the Penn State Graduate School

Application Timeline:

  • We are accepting applications for our remaining slots on a rolling basis up through April 15th, 2020

Questions? Please contact Shawnee Kelly at

Big10+ institutions offer Virtual Career Fair – April 14

Students seeking a full-time, internship, or co-op position will have the chance to virtually network with organizations during the Hire Big10+ Virtual Career Fair on April 14. See full story here: