Monday, April 27, 2015

CAUSES student wins nutrition award

Rebecca B. Silver, a CAUSES student in the Nutrition and Dietetics program, has been honored with the 2015 Cindy Reeser Undergraduate DPD/Dietetic Intern Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize local students/interns for exceptional work in the field of nutrition. The award was presented on April 10, at the DCMADA Annual Meeting. 

The award is bestowed upon undergraduate students in ACEND-accredited programs who meet a number of criterion: 
  1. Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  2. Enrollment in an ACEND-accredited dietetics education program (DPD, DI, CP, or DTP)
  3. Demonstrated academic achievement documented by letters from program faculty or preceptor
  4. Demonstrated leadership and professional potential
Originally from Phoenix, Ms. Silver moved to D.C. in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Physiology Degree from the University of Arizona. After working for a few years, she decided to return to school, training to become a registered dietitian. "I realized my obsession with eating healthy and sharing my passion with others," she explained. 

Once she completes the program, Rebecca hopes to become a registered dietitian, working with the communities in need to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

"My end goal is to become a registered dietitian and work within the community increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables in communities that are in need," explained Becca.

UDC's Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) degree program seeks to prepare competent students for acceptance into accredited internship programs and for entry-level careers in the areas of nutrition and dietetics through quality undergraduate academic experiences that utilize and develop foundation knowledge and learning outcome requirements defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Becca serves as a research assistant in UDC's Nutrition program. She is also an interns as a grant writing assistant with the City of Alexandria in the Department of General Services. 

"On numerous occasions, Rebecca Silver has proven to be a leader, through her hard work as a research assistant for the three Multi-State projects. She uses her critical and analytical skills in infusing technology into the research project," said Dr. Prema Ganganna. "She has met and surpassed the criteria established by DCMADA for this award and has clearly demonstrated the outstanding qualities CAUSES looks for in our students."

Of her participation in the program, Becca stated: "UDC has offered me so many opportunities in research and internships in nutrition. I love the dietetic program because our professors are dedicated to our success and truly challenge us! Dr. Ganganna has truly been an amazing professor, director, and mentor in the dietetic program."

Congratulations and keep of the great work!

For more information on the UDC Nutrition program, click here.

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