Category Archives: Professional Development

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.

Lift the Mask: Portraits of Life with Mental Illness

Data Collector/Interviewer needed for a research project – Apply by Oct. 4

Looking for students who are interested to work (pay roughly $12 an hour) as a data collector/ interviewer for a study exploring how older adults’ (65+) living/home environment relates to their health and well-being.  Training will be provided.

 Job description: contacting potential participants, setting up interviewing schedule, travel to Mount Nittany Residences to conduct the interview, transcribe the data.

 Mount Nittany Residences is located at 301 Rolling Ridge Dr., State College, PA 16801.  CATA bus P can get you from campus to Mount Nittany Residences. If you are interested, please contact Shyuan at:

 sxt387@psu.edu
814-867-6477
Sincerely,
Shyuan Ching Tan, M.A.
TEALE Study Co-PI
Graduate Student
Human Development and Family Studies
004 Health & Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802

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

Join the Student Nutrition Association (SNA) & Start Networking!

The Student Nutrition Association (SNA) will be holding its first meeting of the new academic year this Thursday, September 12th @ 7 p.m. in 10 Henderson Building. Meet other students majoring in nutrition and the new officers while you help plan for fun-packed Fall activities.

Professional Headshots will be available for $5….so be sure to wear a professional-looking top. The resulting photo will be very handy for creating professional social media sites.

Student Funding and Engagement Opportunities!

Check out these opportunities recently announced by the College of Health and Human Development:

  • The College of Health and Human Development will be offering Summer Research Funds for undergraduates to complete research under the direction of a faculty mentor for summer 2019. Funds may be used for student expenses and project costs. Students interested in requesting this funding can fill out the form at https://hhd.psu.edu/summer-undergraduate-research-grants or submit all materials via mail/email to Heather Zimmerman, Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 344 Health and Human Development Building, or emailed to hdh3@psu.edu. Please note faculty supervisor requirements below. Students must be enrolled in a College of HHD major or be a premajor HHD student. Deadline is January 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified by the end of March 2019 regarding funding decisions.
  • The Student Engagement Network Grant Program is accepting applications for Spring 2019! The SEN will be awarding grants of up to $3,000 to support student engagement experiences. Examples include financial support for unpaid internships or research opportunities, living expenses, travel costs, and conference fees. Grant funding can also be used to compensate a student working fewer hours in order to be involved in a student club or organization on campus. The application can be found at http://www.engage.psu.edu/students/grants/. If you have questions about the grant program or how to apply, visit us in 102 HUB-Robeson Center, email engage@psu.edu, or call us at our new number, (814) 863-5995.
  • Undergraduate students are now able to apply for the 2019 Erickson Discovery Grants, with applications due in January instead of February. Each year dozens of undergraduate students from all campuses are selected to receive a $3,500 grant in support of student engagement in original research, scholarship and creative work under the supervision of a faculty member. This year applications will be open from Oct. 15 through Jan. 21, 2019. Those interested in applying can do so here.
  • The application for Lion Ambassadors is now open for current Sophomores and Juniors, and they would love to have a strong representation of College of Health and Human Development students in our new class. If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to reach out directly to Nick Pazuchanics at President@Lionambassadors.com. The application is due December 8 and is found at: http://www.lionambassadors.com/join.html

Vegan Club Seminar by Dr. Michael Greger

The Penn State Vegan Club has invited Dr. Michael Grefer to speak to their club on the benefits of eating a plant-based diet.

See this flyer for more details.

Get Real-world Advice from an Alumni Mentor!

Student applications are currently being accepted for the Health & Human Development Alumni Mentoring program.  This program pairs alumni of each program within HHD, including Nutritional Sciences, with students currently majoring in the same field. This is a great opportunity to get real-world advice from Penn Staters currently working in a variety of settings related to nutrition. Don’t miss this opportunity for getting some expert assistance as you plan your own future!

For more information, please visit this page and read all of the information posted there before clicking on the Student Application link. Deadline for applying is Monday, October 15th.

Special Note: The Nutritional Sciences alumni volunteers will first meet with the accepted student protégés at a special luncheon scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Nittany Lion Inn. If you apply for this program, please mark this important initial meeting time on your calendar.

Join Penn State UNESCO Youth as Researchers Program

The 2019 UNESCO Youth as Researchers program and seek participation from undergraduate students across all colleges.  This program trains youth and young adults to create and carry out youth-driven and youth-owned social justice research projects of their choosing.

In this program Penn State undergraduate students work together to identify problems of relevance to their communities and societies. They then rigorously study these issues, providing detailed frameworks for social change to program and policy makers. Equally important they share their research findings from a wide range of interests through social media and other outlets. UNESCO believes that a trans-disciplinary approach to addressing social justice issues is crucial and encourage participation from students across our various academic areas.

Our program met with great success last year in the US and Ireland and we seek to make it even better this year.  We are expanding the program to Vietnam, Russia, France, Myanmar, and South Africa this year to increase this important youth researcher cohort. For more information, visit the following sites: https://agsci.psu.edu/unesco/the-penn-state-unesco-youth-as-researchers-program or http://www.childandfamilyresearch.ie/cfrc/youth-as-researchers/ )

Want to be a Student Conference Host for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics this Fall?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo will be held this October in Washington, DC. See below for an opportunity for students to save money on the attendance fee by applying to be a student host. Learn more and apply for this great volunteer opportunity at this link. Application deadline is Friday, August 17th.