American Society For Nutrition

Research Interest Section Student Representative Experience

Research Interest Section Student Representative Experience

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice
Posted on 12/09/2010 at 03:05:42 AM by Suzanne Price
Contributed by Henna M., Student Representative

I am happy to welcome you to the Nutrition Education RIS and introduce myself as the student officer for the group. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I enrolled in the program in January 2009 after completing my Master's in Nutrition Science from University of Cincinnati and passing the registration exam for dietitians. My current research focuses on prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes. I am working with Dr. Karen Chapman Novakofski, who is my advisor, to conduct a web based intervention in middle schools.

My role as a student officer in the Advisory Group is to recruit Nutrition Education RIS student members to the advisory group and subgroups as needed to work on issues. I am also responsible for bringing student members' concerns and interests to the Advisory Group for discussion and action.

In April 2010, I gave my first oral presentation at a mini-symposium at the Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim. The title of my presentation was “Middle schoolers want more than games for health education on the internet.” I submitted my abstract to Experimental Biology in November based on my work from the previous year.  We conducted focus groups to assess the appeal and acceptability of a web-based program for middle schoolers focusing on weight management and Type 2 diabetes. I was excited for my first presentation ever at a national meeting.

In February, I received an email from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) to enter the competition for graduate students' research awards. I submitted my abstract and was pleasantly surprised in April to find out my abstract got an award for being one of the top three graduate student submissions. The monetary awards and certificates were given to the graduate students at the annual meeting of ASN during the Nutrition Education RIS business meeting. This award piqued my interest to learn more about how I could be an active ASN member.

At the annual meeting, I was appointed the student representative for the Nutrition Education RIS for the academic year 2010-2011. I am excited about this opportunity to work and learn from the leaders in the field. The 2011 Experimental Biology meeting is in Washington DC in April which will give me the opportunity to network with students, faculty and researchers alike. I hope to present during another mini-symposium based on my work being conducted in the middle schools in a Midwestern county to prevent obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

The Nutrition Education RIS is a friendly group that welcomes student involvement. I would highly recommend that students join the group, particularly if they are interested in developing and testing ways to better educate the public about nutrition and improve their dietary habits and health. Please feel free to contact me by email if you have any questions.

Excerpted from the December 2010 Nutrition Notes

Hi Diana. How has your research developed since this post? Yes, I would like to join. Please email me instructions.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm currently a nursing student, but I have a keen interest in nutrition. I may just follow in your footsteps.