Food and nutrition sciences event opens up career options for students
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (October 18, 2013) — Food and nutrition sciences students got a chance to network and explore career options this week. Tuskegee University’s Food and Nutrition Sciences Advisory Board met here Thursday and today and the event brought in food and nutrition professionals from around the nation.
During the two days of the board’s visit, students got to present their research to industry executives as well as learn information about internships and mentorship experiences. Thursday, the Student Opportunity Social was held in the ballroom of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
“The purpose of the event is a recruitment tool,” Pace said. “To help students prepare themselves as professionals.”
During the social, students from Tuskegee and local high schools got to meet advisory board members and get knowledge about food and nutrition science careers. The evening included several presentations as well as entertainment by the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir and Booker T. Washington High School Theater and Drama members.
Cindy Stewart, senior director at PepsiCo Advanced Research, beverage processing, served as the guest speaker. Stewart encouraged the students to take advantage of mentors and to consider what they love when choosing a career.
“Your work is a big part of your life. Pick something you love or you’re not going to be doing it for long,” she said.
Established in 1995, the board is a group of food industry leaders and academicians who help provide scholarships and mentoring to the department’s students. It provides internships and co-op experiences for food and nutrition science students during the summer months prior to their junior year.
Over the past 10 to 15 years, the group has provided students with more than $300,000 in financial support and in-kind services. Scholarships are used for recruiting new students into the program and retaining upper classmen. Freshmen must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a minimum on the SAT of 1000 to qualify for scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 annually.
Christianna Bates, a senior majoring in nutrition science and biology, presented research during the board’s visit. The dual major from Birmingham, Ala., spoke about her optometry internship, which linked diet to vision problems.
“I came to the meeting for networking experience and to meet contacts,” Bates said.
TU choir performs at meeting.
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