Category Archives: Graduate School

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.

https://news.psu.edu/story/613137/2020/03/25/academics/optional-alternative-grading-scale-implemented-spring-2020

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.

Thanks,
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
E-mail: pangborn@psu.edu

MPS Experiential Track Deadline Extended to April 15th, 2020 (RDN pathway)

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 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 threesemesters 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 

 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

Application Timeline:

  • Deadline is April 15th, 2020 to Penn State Graduate School (program is not using DICAS or D&D)

Questions? Please contact Shawnee Kelly at smc28@psu.edu

 

Temple Pre-PA Post-Bacc Program – March 5

Dr. Rarig is holding special sessions at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm for Nutritional Sciences students who want to explore a bridge to PA school. Please e-mail Mr. Cassiday at dac293@psu.edu if you are interested in attending one of those sessions.
Temple PostBacc March 5

 

Summer Translational Cardiovascular Science Institute

Application Deadline: March 1
The College of Engineering and the College of Health and Human Development will host the 2020 Penn State Summer Translational Cardiovascular Science Institute. This program, sponsored by the American Heart Association and several Penn State units, is open to undergraduate students with
a demonstrated interest in cardiovascular science across
the country.
Application: http://bit.ly/STCSIapply20
More info: STCSI-2020_Final

Info Sessions on 2nd Degree in Nursing (Altoona & Harrisburg)

It’s never too late to start a career in Nursing!  Students with a degree in Nutritional Sciences are well prepared for 2nd Degree Nursing Programs.
Information Sessions
Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
5:00-6:00 pm
Room 101 – Nursing Sciences Building

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
9:00-10:00 am
Room 101 – Nursing Sciences Building
Questions?
Cathy Kozak (Altoona): cek132@psu.edu
Ronda Stump (Harrisburg): rfg2@psu.edu
https://www.nursing.psu.edu/second-degree-program/

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.