Category Archives: Professional Development

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 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 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 If you have questions about the grant program or how to apply, visit us in 102 HUB-Robeson Center, email, 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 The application is due December 8 and is found at:

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: or )

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.

Gain Nutrition Education Experience – Volunteer at Camp Energy

Camp Energy in Millville, PA is looking for volunteers for one week in August (8/4-10, 2018) to provide nutrition education, fitness and exercise programs to kids ages 11-18.  For more information see this flyer:

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Summer Internship Opportunity in Philipsburg, PA

The Moshannon Valley YMCA in Philipsburg, PA. (24 miles from campus) is seeking students who are interested in working with a Free Summer Lunch Program for summer internships.  Responsibilities would include working with Branch Director and Summer Lunch Coordinator on the day-to-day operation of the central kitchens and feeding sites.

For more information contact Mel Curtis, Director at 814-342-0889 or via email at

HealthWorks Applications due March 2nd!

Are you passionate about health & wellness?  Then apply before you leave for spring break to become a Peer Educator through HealthWorks!  For more information, visit

Hurry because the application deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018.


Want to Work in a Nursing Home? Take this Maymester 2018 Course

Nursing Home Administration Course will be offered in Maymester 2018 at University Park
HPA 497-001, Nursing Home Administration (5/7/186/4/18)
The course covers the 16 modules required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. The Board requires that each module have 7.5 hours of content so each module will fill an entire day. Students who successfully complete the 16-module course of study and other course requirements can earn three (3) academic credits.  Completion of the modules are one of the requirements of the license application process to sit for the NHA exam.

While this course is related to the licensure requirements of becoming a nursing home administrator (NHA), much of the information is relevant for anyone who will work in aging services, from community based care, long-term care, acute care, assisted living, and more and is not usually covered in our other undergraduate courses. You will learn from industry experts from the profit, and not-for-profit segments of the long-term care industry.

Please contact Frank King with any questions at 814-865-1926 or by email to

Help Mold Penn State’s Strategic Plan

Student membership is sought for the following committees. Interested students should identify a committee of interest and reach out to the contact listed below each one. Inquiries received by Friday, February 9th will receive first priority. Students who are not sure which committee to contact are encouraged to send general inquiries to

  •  Advancing the Arts and Humanities Steering Committee
    Penn State will be a leader in the arts and humanities, utilizing them—along with the sciences and other disciplines—as agents of change in addressing complex global issues.
    Contact: Dr. Caroline Eckhardt,
  • Constituent Outreach and Engagement Steering Committee
    Penn State will partner directly and effectively with our constituencies in sharing consequential research, creative works, and scholarship worldwide.
    Contact: Mr. Paul Clifford,
  • Driving Digital Innovation Steering Committee
    Penn State will prepare students for success in the digital age and use digitally optimized outreach to foster economic prosperity in communities across Pennsylvania and beyond.
    Contact: Dr. David Hunter,
  • Enhancing Health Steering Committee
    Penn State will be a leader in promoting quality of life through comprehensive approaches to enhancing personalized and population health, achieved through a commitment to and investment in relevant research, education, clinical practice, and outreach.
    Contact: Dr. Lorah Dorn,
  •  Infrastructure and Support Steering Committee
    Penn State will think creatively and act boldly to ensure that its academic infrastructure aligns with and supports the University’s mission and vision.
    Contact: Mr. Steve Maruszewski,
  • Organizational Processes Steering Committee
    Penn State will lead nationally in the design, development, and deployment of effective and agile organizational processes that support the University’s mission.
    Contact: Dr. Renata Engel,
  • Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources Steering Committee
    Penn State will be a leader in creating comprehensive solutions to mitigate the dangers of climate change and address the challenges of providing safe and abundant water, clean and renewable energy sources, and plentiful and nutritious food.
    Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Brownson,
  • Transforming Education Steering Committee
    Penn State will be a leader in the transformation of education, including enhancing access to it, as it fulfills its land-grant mission in a 21st-century context and continues to drive discovery-focused research across disciplines.
    Contact: Dr. Robert Pangborn,

Additional information about the committees and their work can be found at