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Health & Wellness Coalition – Applications Due Sept. 27

Student Affairs’ Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) is searching for students to participate in a new Health & Wellness Coalition for the 2019-2020 academic year. The deadline to apply is September 27th. Penn State students from all majors and minors are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of the Health & Wellness Coalition is to examine student health data and identify goals and strategies to improve the health and wellness of Penn State students.

As a member of the Health & Wellness Coalition, you will participate in several planning sessions/retreats, assist in campaigns across campus, assess data, and identify strategies. Students will work alongside health promotion staff. Being a member of the coalition is a great opportunity to contribute to creating a healthy campus culture, especially in helping reduce the impact of dangerous drinking.

If selected to be on this coalition, you must be able to commit to at least the fall and spring semester. Requirements include attending 3-4 monthly planning sessions in fall semester and 1-hour monthly meetings in spring semester.  Dates and times of all planning sessions and meetings will be determined based on student availability.

To apply, fill out the Health & Wellness Coalition form at or on the Student Affairs website by September 27th. If you have questions, stop by 001P Intramural (IM) Building, call 814-863-0461, or e-mail Linda LaSalle at

The Health and Wellness Coalition is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

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.

Welcome to Our New Full-Time Advisor!

David Cassiday has recently started as the first Full-time Advisor for the Nutritional Sciences Department. David was previously a Health Professions Advisor at the Eberly College of Science, assisting students who were preparing for medical, dental, physician assistant, and optometry careers. His new office is in 103 Chandlee Lab (near the SNA bulletin board) and appointments can be set up with him via Starfish. He will be responsible for all course substitutions and other official advising duties for all students who have declared Nutrition as their major. Dr. Adams will still be teaching this fall, and students who want to visit with her as a faculty member are encouraged to do so. Dr. Alison Gernand will continue to be the project advisor for all Schreyers’ Honor Students in the department.

Students are encouraged to make appointments with David through Starfish as needed upon returning to University Park. However, during Drop/Add Week (August 26-30) David will be holding only walk-in hours from 9 a.m. – 11:30 and from 1-4:00 p.m.  After the first week of classes, please feel free to set up a time to meet with David as needed.

Planning a Career in Medicine? Visit the Health Professions Advising Office

The Health Professions Advising Office offers group advising sessions for students interested in medical, dental, podiatry, and physician assistant programs.  Health Professions Advising is available to any Penn State student who wants to explore, prepare, and apply for training in a health profession career.

Health Professions Group Advising Sessions cover topics such as Med Prep, Medical Applicants, PA Prep, PA Applicants and more! Check out the Prehealth Advising website for times, dates and locations of sessions  

You will also want to subscribe to The Penn State Science Health Professions Blog.  It is a valuable tool to learn about upcoming opportunities related to research, employment, volunteer opportunities, open houses, scholarships and more for students pursuing health care careers. Click here to subscribe to the Premedicine, Science, & Prehealth Newsletter.

The Pre-Health Advising Center has relocated to the East Wing of
Ritenour Building.


Summer Training in Aging Research Program

Be a STAR: NIA summer research training program application period opens

Summertime means time off for most high school and college students, but a select, highly motivated few use the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique research experience: the NIA Intramural Research Program’s Summer Training in Aging Research (STAR) Program.

Each year, NIA’s STAR Program-part of the broader NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research-attracts a diverse group of applicants from high schools, colleges, medical schools, and graduate programs. Whether or not they’ve decided on a research career, STAR participants get to work directly with NIA intramural investigators and postdoctoral fellows while gaining cutting-edge scientific and lab skills that can boost a multitude of career paths related to the biology of aging.

Getting a STAR experience

STAR Interns will learn a lot and benefit, too, from meeting scientific staff who are happy to support and mentor them. All will learn the scientific method, and some may get an opportunity to co-author a journal article. Interns attend scientific seminars on age-related research, develop research poster presentations, and receive career mentorship from NIA scientists and staff, including help with preparation of professional and graduate school applications.

The program culminates in the Summer Program Poster Day. This day-long event gives these young scientists a chance to share a true NIH experience. And for the NIA scientists looking proudly on, the day reinforces the value of mentoring the next generation of potential researchers.

New participation criteria for 2019

The 2019 STAR season introduces some important changes to the eligibility requirements. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university and must be 17 years old by June 15 of the internship year. High school students must meet two additional criteria:

  1. They must be either juniors or seniors, and
  2. If they will not be 18 years old by June 15 of the internship year, they must, at the time of application, reside within 40 miles of the NIH campus on which they hope to intern.

Some flexibility exists to accommodate individual student needs.

The number of students each year varies, depending on the quantity and quality of applications, as well as the size of the program’s budget. Last summer, 56 students participated. We estimate that NIA has mentored more than 1,200 summer interns over the 26-year history of the program.

How to apply

The application period for the 2019 NIH SIP is now open. The application deadline is March 1, 2019; 11:30 p.m., Eastern time.

You can apply for a summer internship online through the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education website. You can find print (PDF, 120K) and video application tips on that site.

Detailed information on eligibility criteria, the selection process, and the nature of the summer program for high school interns can be found on the new High School SIPweb page, including a detailed video on the application process.

Students who express an interest in aging or select NIA as their Institute of choice will have their applications directed to us. After you submit your online application, please contact me to ensure that your information is placed in the NIA applicant pool for consideration.

If you’re a student, parent, or researcher with additional questions on these summer programs, please comment below. If you’re a past participant, we welcome your comments as well.


Intramural Recruitment Specialist,
Office of the Scientific Director (OSD)


Summer Programs for Pre-Health Students

Believe it or not, it is not too early to start lining up experiences for Summer 2019.  Please see the attached file for MANY opportunities for students interested in the various aspects of health care and research opportunities. Some of these internship and shadowing experiences could be potential sites for the NUTR 495 field experience in dietetics.  Many are appropriate for students looking for medical experience needed for Physician Assistant or Medical School. Pre-Health+Summer+Program+Links+2019B-1h85i6f

Mission Support

Amazing Summer CV Health Research Opportunity!

The College of Engineering and the College of Health and Human Development announce the 2018 Penn State Summer Translational Cardiovascular Science Institute. This program, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is available to undergraduate students with a demonstrated interest in cardiovascular science who have completed more than 60 credits and have a grade point average of 3.25 or greater.
Penn State students are required to spend two additional semesters in lab after the completion of the STCSI summer program. The STCSI will fund up to ten undergraduate students to conduct research related to cardiovascular disease, focusing in particular on the cellular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease pathology, the determinants of cardiovascular disease risk across the lifespan, and the development of cardiovascular device technology to address disease. This research will be conducted during the summer 2018 (10 weeks from May 29August 3) under the direction of one or more faculty members.
Stipend: A stipend of $4,000 will be provided for each student. For more information, contact:

Keefe Manning, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Schreyer Honors College
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery

Lacy Alexander, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology

New Class for Spring – Medical Professions (1 credit)

SC 201: Medical Professions (1 credit)
 Open to all majors, 3rd semester or higher
 Ideal for students a year away from applying to health professional school
Regardless of your chosen health care field—medicine, dentistry, optometry, PA, PT, OT, podiatry—this ten-week class will help you prepare for health professional school. It will provide an overview of the application process, preparation tips for pre-professional exams, and overviews of current issues in health care such as dis-parities in access and outcomes, cultural competency, medical ethics, and interprofessionalism, among other possible topics. Self-assessment exercises will help you evaluate your preparation and plan additional improvements to your applicant profile.
TIME: Thu 9:05-10:20 AM
DATES: 01/18-3/29
262 Willard

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Opportunities for those Interested in Global Nutrition – Health, Agriculture and Food

Two opportunities are available for students interested in shaping new ideas for Global food security, Health, Agricultural Development and Research.

Are you interested in shaping new ideas for food security and agricultural development? Apply now to join the 2018 Next Generation Student Delegation! Selected students’ travel to and accommodations in Washington DC are covered, and they enjoy the opportunity to engage in symposium discussions and interact with global leaders working on agriculture, food, and nutrition issues. Learn more about last year’s Next Generation Student Delegation.

Applications are due this Sunday November, 5. Questions about the application process? Please contact

Click here to apply.

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Fellowship

This is an NIH funded fellowship led by ICAP in partnership with the ICAP Global Health Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeon. The goal of this program is to increase diversity in the research workforce and give students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field an early exposure to global Health and health disparities research.

This fully funded 11-week training program will take place from early June to Mid-August of 2018. The students will spend two weeks at ICAP in New York, eight weeks at one of our international sites, and then a final week back at ICAP in New York. The 2018 research sites include the Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Kenya, Cameroon and Swaziland.

In addition to being fully funded, students will also receive a completion stipend for their summer work as well as housing here in NY and at their international placement site. Eligibility criteria are detailed in the attached. For more information please visit:

Please feel free to contact Elizabeth Pierre with any additional questions.

Elizabeth Pierre, MPH, PMP

Program Officer

ICAP at Columbia University

Office: 212-342-4772

Skype: Elizabeth.pierreICAP