Category Archives: Graduate School

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.

Online MPS in Nutritional Sciences Informational Webinar Oct 1, 12-1pm ET

If you are interested in Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences graduate 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.

Join us on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12-1pm ET. You can register for the webinar to learn about:

  • The program curriculum
  • The new Future Graduate Model Program (RDN pathway)–the Experiential Track
  • 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 if you want to:

  • Become an RDN (RDN examination eligible upon graduation from MPS Experiential Track
  • Enhance your preparation for entry into a dietetic internship at a later time
  • 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 nutritional sciences, allied health professions, health-related majors (HHD), science or agricultural majors (i.e. Food Science).

Additional Questions, please contact:

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator &

Assistant Teaching Professor

smc28@psu.edu

New Nutritional Sciences Faculty Mentor Program

Mr. David Cassiday, MA, is the department’s new Academic Adviser, ready to help with academic planning for your major in NUTR and course scheduling. You can contact him using Starfish to make an academic advising appointment. The Chandlee lobby will soon have a kiosk (computer sign-in and digital display) for signing up for appointments, etc. You will sign in at the kiosk for your appointment with Mr. Cassiday, and he will come to the lobby to take you to his office, 103 Chandlee, for your appointment.

To enhance your experience and success in the major, the department is implementing a formal “Faculty Mentorship” program to complement the work of Mr. Cassiday. This is an opportunity for you to establish a connection with faculty outside of the classroom. The Faculty Mentor can serve as a guide as you plan your education at Penn State, your career and future activities in the field. The Faculty Mentor is not expected to have detailed knowledge about all requirements, for which your Academic Adviser can help you, but he/she will focus on helping you understand career options and the many opportunities you have to broaden your student experience. Each NUTR student will be assigned to a Faculty Mentor who will invite you to meet for 15-20 minutes each semester to discuss your career goals and interests; please bring your resume or e-Portfolio with you. Discussions may include internship plans and work experience, leadership and club activities, and other questions you may have about engagement in Nutritional Sciences while at Penn State, and preparation for your future goals.  Faculty Mentors are here to help as guides.

In the next few weeks you will receive a Starfish invitation to schedule a meeting with your mentor.  We encourage you to respond, set up a meeting, and take advantage of this opportunity.

Wishing you the best,

Dr. Catharine Ross     Lynn Parker Klees
Department Head      Professor in Charge, NUTR

Nutritional Sciences Students Interested in Medical, Dental, or Physician Assistant Careers

 

If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or Physician Assistant, the Health Professions Advisors in the Eberly College will be hosting these group advising sessions:

  • Med Prep (for students interested in medicine, dentistry), Thursday September 5, 6-7 pm @ 101 Thomas
  • PA Prep, Tuesday Sept. 10, 6-7pm @ 112 Buckhout
  • PA Prep, Wednesday Nov. 6, 6-7 Pm @ 201 Thomas
  • Med Prep, Monday Nov. 11, 6-7 pm @ 262 Willard

The pre-health advisors typically require students to attend one of these sessions first before making a 1-on-1 appointment. As a Nutritional Science major, you would see me to stay on track with your degree and a health professions advisor to discuss plans for medical, dental, or PA school.

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.

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

 

Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)–now accepting applications!

Happy New Year! We are excited to announce that 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 May 2019, pending final University approval.

Overview

The Experiential Track is a 24-month competency-based program that integrates advanced-level online MPS graduate coursework with three consecutive semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning (in Hershey, PA or University Park, PA). The program begins Summer semester 2019. Online courses will begin on May 13, 2019 and in-residence supervised experiential learning will start in August 2019. The program has a leadership emphasis. Students will graduate with the MPS graduate degree and a verification statement and be prepared to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. This track requires completion of a minimum of 39 credits, which includes the 30 MPS credits, plus a minimum of 9 additional course credits. Students are expected to participate full-time in the program during the semesters in which online graduate coursework and supervised experiential learning courses take place. Students may indicate their preference of location when applying to the program.

Important Note

To be eligible as an applicant for the Experiential Track of the MPS program, your undergraduate graduation conferral date must be before the start of the program, which is the first day of summer semester classes (May 13, 2019). If you have questions or need clarification, please contact the program prior to applying. We can assist you with determining your eligibility for the program.

Applications

 The application deadline is March 1st, 2019.  Applicants will apply directly through the Penn State Graduate School online application. Applicants will not apply through DICAS, and the program will not be participating in the Spring 2019 matching 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.

Virtual Open House

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 23, 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 and you will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

If you are unable to attend and/or would like additional information about the program, please direct all inquiries to:

Shawnee M. Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Assistant Teaching Professor
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Coordinator
Department of Nutritional Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
125 Chandlee Laboratory, University Park, PA 16802
814-863-7131 (office) | smc28@psu.edu

Sincerely,

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN

MPS Program Director

Associate Teaching Professor

University of Delaware has funded assistantships for Masters and PhD degrees

The University of Delaware Master of Science in Human Nutrition (MSHN) has several funded assistantships (tuition waiver and stipend) available for the 2019-2020 school year.

Interested applicants can visit https://sites.udel.edu/bhan/graduates-index/mshn/ to learn more about our program and application requirements. Applicants should visit http://grad.udel.edu/apply/ to apply to the University of Delaware.

Additional information about our MSHN and PhD programs in Nutrition is below.

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University of Delaware PhD Description

Community Nutrition Graduate Student Research Assistantship opportunity — Starts January 2019

Community Nutrition Graduate Student Research Assistantship

The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science at Utah State University is looking to hire a Ph.D., MS, or MPH student with a focus in community nutrition. This student would be employed for two years through a USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program grant, titled Connecting low-income/at-risk and ethnic/minority populations to Utah direct market farmers and farmers markets. Year two is contingent upon satisfactory job performance in year one. Further funding for additional years of study may be available through other jobs or teaching assistantships.

Start Date: January 2019

Salary:

  • $15,000/year for a 12-month appointment
  • Full graduate tuition ($14,000+ value for in-state, the student would be responsible for any class/student fees)
  • Subsidized health insurance

Primary job duties:

  • Conducting a needs assessment to guide the design of a statewide marketing and outreach campaign targeted to low-income/at-risk and ethnic minority populations across the state regarding where to find farmers markets/direct market farmers that accept SNAP.
  • Writing a best-practices guide for marketing to the lower-income consumer and at risk and ethnic minority populations
  • Developing evaluation procedures and tools
  • Collecting data in person, online, and over the telephone
  • Analyzing data
  • Developing reports
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, public health, or a related field.
  • Previous experience with (or knowledge of) conducting a community needs assessment.
  • Previous experience with (or knowledge of) conducting quantitative survey research.
  • Previous experience with (or knowledge of) conducting qualitative data collection and/or analysis.
  • Drivers license and insurance.

Percent of Time or Hours per Week: 20 hours per week (in addition to time needed for your academics, including your thesis, dissertation, or final project).

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter (please include:
    • Information about how you meet the minimum requirements
    • Information about how you meet the preferred qualifications (if you do, don’t worry if you don’t meet all or any of these)
    • Information about any relevant previous job or academic experience (see Primary job duties above, and don’t worry if you don’t have previous experience, you will be trained and work as part of a team).
    • Why you want to get a graduate degree
    • Why you are interested in Community Nutrition
    • What you want to do when you are done with your degree
  • Resume/CV
  • Names and contact information of 3 references
  • Writing sample

Please email Dr. Mateja Savoie Roskos (mateja.savoie@usu.edu) and Carrie Durward (carrie.durward@usu.edu) with the required documentation or if you have any questions about this position.

More information is available at https://mph.usu.edu/assistantship/

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 hdh3@psu.edu

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.