Category Archives: Career Development

TAs needed for NUTR 100 Spring 2020

You can earn 400-level supporting course credit for serving as a TA (Teaching Assistant) for any nutrition course. Being a TA can also be a valuable learning experience for undergraduates and one that you can definitely include on your resume. By assisting with the grading of assignments, students will also get a better understanding of their chosen field and the nutritional value of foods. Additionally, helping run a course may broaden your perspective for those thinking about teaching as a career option, whether it be in the classroom or within a clinical setting.

NUTR 100Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle (3 cr. GHW) is a newly-revised introductory nutrition course for students who are not majoring in HHD. Both sections needing TAs meet in Thomas 101. Course meeting times this spring are:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:05-4:20 a.m. (Sect 002)
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:05-4:20 p.m. (Sect 003)

Students who commit to being a NUTR 100 TA will be required to:

  • Attend course lectures and assist with in-class activities for large groups of students (requires 3 hours per week)
  • Grade 4-5 outside-of-class assignments (requires an additional 5-6 hours per assignment)

Student TAs must have completed NUTR 251 with a grade of B+ or better to TA for NUTR 100. If interested, please contact Dr. Adams (cca5153@psu.edu) with a statement as to why you would like to be a TA.

PRCC Social Justice Retreat 2020

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center Social Justice Retreat will take place January 31 – February 2, 2019 at an offsite location. Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. It also involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others and the society as a whole.
At this retreat students will learn how to be change agents, advocates, and/or allies in their communities through a social justice lens. Details to come once the application closes! Application can be found at http://bit.ly/SJRPRCC

During this retreat we will be providing lodging (you will be sharing rooms with others) and food throughout the weekend. If you have any questions pertaining to the retreat or are experiencing any technical difficulties, please e-mail Ishbel J. Correa-Narvaez at ijc14@psu.edu.

LEAP Program Mentor Application Now Open


The Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP) is now accepting applications for student mentors for Summer 2020 (https://psu.jobs/job/91781). Information Sessions about the position will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in 134 HUB; Monday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. in 134 HUB; and Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in 104 Thomas Building. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Griffith at leap@psu.edu.
https://summersession.psu.edu/first-year-students/leap-program

Interesting *NEW* Spring 2020 courses (that will count as supporting courses)

ANTH 497 – Spillover: Anthropology of Emerging Infectious Disease


BIOL 497 – Human Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course focuses on manifestations of human diseases and what changes occur at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels to cause disease states. Topics covered include mechanisms of disease, inflammation repair, features of selected diseases for each body system, diagnostic testing, and pharmacotherapy. The primary goal of the course is to reinforce student knowledge of normal physiology by studying pathophysiology. The course will feature traditional didactics, case studies, group problem-based activities, and analysis of primary literature in pathophysiology.

BIOL 497 – Evolutionary Medicine (3 credits)
Evolutionary medicine is the application of evolutionary theory to the study of human health and disease. Health is affected by a number of factors, including the aging process, the microbiome, cancer, infectious disease, and antibiotic resistance. Most medical research attempts to identify how these factors can be controlled. Evolutionary medicine explores why they exist in the first place. the goal of this course is to provide students with a new perspective for understanding human health and disease. Students will distinguish the evolutionary causes of disease and the possible consequences (positive and negative) of medical and public health interventions. Students will also critique arguments posed both in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and the popular press.

HDFS 297: Art and Science of Compassion
Instructors: Robert W. Roeser, Blake Colaianne
Spring 2020, 2 Credits
1/13-3/27, W 2:30-5:30.

Human service professionals (e.g., educators, nurses, social workers, counselors, youth service workers) care for large numbers of people, and the demands of caring for so many over time can become challenging – sometimes leading to empathy fatigue and burnout. In this course, we will explore both the art of caring for others, as well as the science of care and compassion. Drawing on contemporary theories in both science and contemplative traditions like Buddhism, we will conceptualize care and compassion in terms of three basic modalities, including (1) extending care and compassion to others, (2) receiving care and compassion from others; and (3) extending care and compassion to oneself (e.g., self-care). A core component of the course will be having students learn and practice compassion exercises related to these three basic modalities and the development of the related skills of extending and receiving care. Through the development of theoretical and scientific knowledge, and through the experiential cultivation of the skills of care and compassion, students will be better able to engage and connect more effectively with others in their lives. In addition, they will be learning a key set of skills essential for thriving in the human services professions.

MATH 297 – Scientific Computation for Biology (3 credits)

SC 201 – Medical Professions (1 credit)
For students who are about a year away from applying to medical, PA, dental, PT, OT, or nursing school.

Now Hiring for Summer Positions: Kandle Dining Services

KANDLE Offers:
-Direct consultation with a Registered
-Dietitian throughout the summer.
-Serve Safe training and course certification
provided.
-Allergen Training Provided
-Experience with Special Diets
-$600-$900/week
http://www.kandledining.com/JoinOurTeam
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Emory Global Health Case Competition 2020 – Deadline Extended to Nov. 26!

Apologies for the late notice, but this is a great opportunity if you can submit the application by tomorrow. Six students from Penn State College of
Medicine, Dickinson Law, and University Park campuses will participate in the International Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 14, 2020 in Atlanta. The top-ranking team will be awarded a cash prize.
Application here: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bQSRCur0tPcU83r
More info here: http://globalhealth.emory.edu/what/student_programs/student_funding_opportunities/case_competitions.html

If you have questions, please contact Julie Lentes at Penn State-Hershey, jlentes@phs.psu.edu or 717-531-1849.

Erickson Discovery Grant Applications 2020

The Office of Undergraduate Education is pleased to once again offer
Erickson Discovery Grants to support undergraduate student engagement
in original research, scholarship, and creative work under
the direct supervision of a faculty member.

More than 60 Erickson Discovery Grants, each in the amount of $3,500, are available for summer 2020. The application deadline is January 20, 2020.
Learn more about the grants at undergradresearch.psu.edu.

One Health Workshop: Infectious Disease & Nutrition – Dec. 9 & 10

A great opportunity for Nutrition majors. You are welcome to attend individual sessions or even just the keynote address for each session. There are multiple breaks each day to allow you to come and go as needed. If you wish to attend, please e-mail me at dac293@psu.edu by Dec. 5 and let me know which sessions (or just keynotes) interest you. I will forward your names to the organizer on Dec. 6.

One Health Workshop:   Infectious Disease and Nutrition – Linking Ecology, Evolution, and Global Health

This workshop will focus on infectious disease interactions with nutrition in humans and relevant animal model systems. The program will feature talks from external guest speakers and faculty from the Center of Infectious Disease Dynamics and the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Food Science, and Nutritional Sciences at Penn State University.  We also encourage attendance by interested undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.

The goal of this two-day workshop is to synthesize knowledge of the interactions between nutrition and infectious disease ecology and outline a research agenda that employs this knowledge to better understand zoonotic spillover.  Research generated from this workshop should have the explicit goal of informing interventions that offer potential co-benefits for food, environmental, and global health security.

Contact Dr. Sagan Friant (sagan.friant@psu.edu) for more details.

College of HHD Mentoring Program – Apply by Oct. 21

If you are a Nutrition major who will have junior standing as of Spring 2020 (or senior standing but plan to graduate May 2021 or later), we encourage you to apply for the College of HHD Mentoring Program (hhd.psu.edu/be-a-mentee). The HHD Mentoring Program can connect you with practicing professionals in your field of interest including the health professions (RDN’s, physicians, physician assistants, nurses), research, health education, public health and policy, and health and wellness. You can ask mentors about their day-to-day work, their education and preparation, work-life balance, and any other topic related to their field. Students who have participated in the program have found it very helpful and rewarding. The deadline for applying is Oct. 21.

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