Our students come from near and far. They come interested in how nutrition affects our bodies and lives, communities and world. They come ready to learn, grow, contribute, innovate, and serve. Coming with various experiences and interests, our students make the department diverse, lively, and forward-thinking. A nutrition student might start the day preparing for class in the lobby of the Michael Hooker Research Center. (The MHRC is a light-filled atrium with comfortable couches, internet access, power outlets, study tables, and the Atrium Café is filled with fare from local restaurants.) Classes themselves typically have 15 to 50 students, allowing for a personal and interactive setting. Nutrition students have their own student lounge on the 2nd floor of McGavran-Greenberg, where one can study, check email on one of the computers, heat up lunch, get mail, or meet with other nutrition students to compare notes. After classes, students can take advantage of the SPH Computer Lab in Rosenau Hall and then study over coffee at the Atrium Café or the Friends Café in the Health Sciences Library across the street. If you are interested in becoming a Nutrition Student, please visit our degrees page to learn more.
The following Nutrition students have received scholarships from the Gillings School of Global Public Health for 2016-2017 (click here for details on scholarships):
- Usman Saqib, BSPH Candidate – Atkinson Scholarship
- Megan Sweeney, MPH Candidate – Dr. Curtin Glenn Southard Award
- Cassandra Johnson, PhD Candidate – Gillings Dissertation Award
Loneke Blackman, a graduate student in the Department of Nutrition (Advisor: Dr. Deborah Tate), is the recipient of an Institute of African American Research (IAAR) Graduate Student Summer Research Grant Program Award.
Congratulations to these BSPH NUTR students, who have received undergraduate research awards:
- Tamar Chukrun has been awarded an Honors Undergraduate Research Award from the UNC Honors College. Her advisor is Dr. Linda Adair.
- Rachel Murray has been awarded a Gump Family Undergraduate Research Award from the UNC Honors College. Her advisor is Dr. Jennifer Poti.
- Madison Watts has been awarded an Honors Undergraduate Research Award from the UNC Honors College. Her advisor is Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis.
- Alice Yu has been awarded a Tom and Elizabeth Long Research Award from the UNC Honors College. Her advisor is Dr. Barry Popkin.
- Ottavia Zattra has been awarded a Dunlevie Honors Undergraduate Research Award from the UNC Honors College. Her advisor is Dr. Liza Makowski.
Pasquale Rummo, a NUTR PhD student working with Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen, was the recipient of a 2016 GEAB Impact Award Winners for Research Benefiting the State of North Carolina for his project, “Neighborhood Built and Food Environments: Measurement, Trends, and Health Impact among Vulnerable Populations.” Pasquale was recognized at the 18th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on April 14. The Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, which began in 1999, recognizes students who receive prestigious fellowships and awards. These honorees are making a significant contribution to the mission of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a wide variety of fields of study. Read more.
Three Nutrition students have been awarded a 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Office for Undergraduate Research:
- Steven Doerstling (Advisor: Dr. Stephen Hursting)
- Rand Khasawneh (Advisor: Dr. Melinda Beck)
- Jennifer Lyu (Advisors: Dr. Christina Shay & Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis)
Subreen Khatib, a BSPH NUTR student working in Dr. Stephen D. Hursting’s lab, was selected as a recipient of a 2016-2017 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) – Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Scholar Award for Undergraduate Students. The American Association for Cancer Research is dedicated to promoting the education and training of the next generation of able and dedicated scientists and to facilitating and nurturing their careers in cancer research and cancer-related biomedical science.
While at the AACR Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, Subreen placed 2nd in the 11th Annual AACR-Gary J. Miller Undergraduate Poster Competition for Cancer and Cancer-Related Biomedical Research.
Tafadzwa Nyasha Matika, a BSPH NUTR student, will present his poster, Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Prediabetes among HIV Positive Patients at Parirenyatwa Hospital Family Care Center in Zimbabwe, at the American Diabetes Association’s 76th Scientific Sessions, June 10-14, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Taf’s abstract will also be printed in the Scientific Sessions Abstract Book, the June 2016 supplement to the journal Diabetes.
Daniel S. Lupu, MD, a NUTR PhD candidate, is the winner of the Nutrition Research 2015 David Kritchevsky Graduate Student Award for his two articles published in the November 2015 issue. Daniel will be recognized at the Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, CA in April 2016. The two award winning papers are:
- Genetic and epigenetic transgenerational implications related to omega-3 fatty acids. Part I: Maternal FADS2 genotype and DNA methylation correlate with polyunsaturated fatty acid status in toddlers: an exploratory analysis. Nutrition Research 2015; 35:939-947
- Genetic and epigenetic transgenerational implications related to omega-3 fatty acids. Part II: Maternal FADS2 rs74575 genotype and DNA methylation predict toddler cognitive performance. Nutrition Research 2015; 35:948-955