Category Archives: Graduate School

PSU MPS Grad Program/Future Graduate Program (FG) Virtual Open House

Join us for a Virtual Open Houses to learn more about Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences graduate program offered online through the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Penn State World Campus.

The Virtual Open Houses will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm ET

There are two pathways within the MPS graduate degree program:

  • MPS Degree Only (30 credits online)–completely online and can be completed in 24 months. Great for RDN’s, other health professionals, or recent graduates of sciences or health professions who are seeking cross-training in nutrition. Applications accepted every semester (fall, spring and summer)
  • MPS Degree with Experiential Track (ACEND accredited RDN Pathway–39 credits in total)–this option integrates the core 30 credit MPS curriculum with 3 semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning in food service management, clinical nutrition and community nutrition at one of our two geographic locations: University Park, PA or Harrisburg/Hershey, PA. Upon graduation, students receive a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the RDN exam. 24 month long program. Application deadline Feb. 15th, 2020.

The virtual open house will cover the program overview along with details of both pathways noted above. This is a live streamed event, but will also be recorded for later viewing. You must register to attend live or to obtain the recording after the event. Please register here.

Additional Questions, please contact:

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator & Assistant Teaching Professor

smc28@psu.edu

Outstanding Job Opportunity for Recent Graduates at Stanford SOM

The Evaluation Sciences Unit (ESU) within the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford’s School of Medicine currently has a position open for a Research Administrator (link: https://careersearch.stanford.edu/jobs/research-administrator-8863?et=PlZxNM0T). Two more positions will be opening up soon! If you have December or other recent graduates that would be interested in venturing to the west coast, please encourage them to apply. If the students want to learn more about the position and its responsibilities, they can contact Dr. Samantha Kling at skling@stanford.edu.

Scholarships: PA Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Foundation

To apply for these scholarships, students need to be members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (PAND). 

Each year it is the privilege of the PA Academy Foundation (PANDF) to review applications from RDN’s, DTR’s and students throughout the state who qualify for the various scholarships and grants. Please complete the application and submit to: PANDFoundation@gmail.com

General Scholarship
Deadline: January 10, 2020
Description: 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. Please complete the application and submit to: PANDFoundation@gmail.com

Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: January 10, 2020
Description: Provides a scholarship to a student with a diverse background, traditionally underrepresented in the field of dietetics. Please complete the application and submit to: PANDFoundation@gmail.com

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.

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.

Penn State MPS/Future Graduate Program (FG) Virtual Open Houses

Join us for one of our upcoming Virtual Open Houses to learn more about Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences graduate program offered online through the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Penn State World Campus.

There will be two Virtual Open Houses with details as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm ET
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm ET

There are two pathways within the MPS graduate degree program:

  • MPS Degree Only (30 credits online)–completely online and can be completed in 24 months. Great for RDN’s, other health professionals, or recent graduates of sciences or health professions who are seeking cross-training in nutrition. Applications accepted every semester (fall, spring and summer)
  • MPS Degree with Experiential Track (ACEND accredited RDN Pathway–39 credits in total)–this option integrates the core 30 credit MPS curriculum with 3 semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning in food service management, clinical nutrition and community nutrition at one of our two geographic locations: University Park, PA or Harrisburg/Hershey, PA. Upon graduation, students receive a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the RDN exam. 24 month long program. Application deadline Feb. 15th, 2020.

The virtual open houses will cover the program overview along with details of both pathways noted above. The virtual open houses are live streamed events, but will also be recorded for later viewing. You must register to attend to obtain the recording after the event. Please register here.

Additional Questions, please contact:

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator &

Assistant Teaching Professor

smc28@psu.edu

Spring 2020 Special Course: NURS 497 Health Disparities

This would be a terrific 400-level supporting course for NUTR majors.

Nursing Special Topics Course Offering – Spring 2020

NURS 497 (#20329)– Health Disparities (3 credits)

This course will explore contemporary health disparities in the United States. Students will be introduced to health outcomes that vary by sexual orientation, gender, race, and other social determinants of health. We will learn about frameworks that have been used to explain disparate health outcomes and healthcare and discuss how scientific data can serve as an impetus to improve well-being for everyone.

This class will meet on Mondays from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM in 271 Willard Building and will be taught by Britney Wardecker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing.

There are no prerequisites, and the course is open to all University Park students.

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