Welcome to the UNSA/KAND Student Mentoring Network!

This effort to link University of Tennessee nutrition students to RD mentors had its humble beginnings in early 2005 when the UT Undergraduate Nutrition Student Association and the Knoxville District Dietetic Association joined forces to put together a mentoring framework. As the program grows, we hope to connect as many mentors and students as possible for mutual benefit.

STUDENT PARTICIPANTS have the opportunity to see RDs in the practice setting and work on special projects as their career aspirations begin to take shape. This can provide valuable experience to help students determine career direction as well as making them more competitive internship and graduate school applicants. RD MENTORS have the opportunity to recruit, shape, and nurture future nutrition professionals. RDs who have too many projects and not enough time can find a win-win situation here by working with a student who can complete projects with some help and guidance.

As part of the directory, we have included an article entitled Utilizing Student “Shadows,” which was published in the August 2003 issue of Today’s Dietitian. This article provides some excellent insight and suggestions for making the most of the mentoring relationship and should be helpful as RDs and students work together to plan experiences.

Thank you for your interest and support in this effort!

sarah_colbyKAND Career Guidance Chair
Sarah Colby, PhD, RD
Department of Nutrition
The University of Tennessee
1215 W. Cumberland Ave. Room 229
Knoxville, TN 37996-1920
Phone: 865-974-6248
Email: scolby1@utk.edu

 

hansen-petrik-melissa4UNSA Faculty Advisor
Melissa Hansen-Petrik, PhD, RD, LDN
Clinical Asst Professor & Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Department of Nutrition
The University of Tennessee
1215 West Cumberland Avenue, Room 229
Knoxville, TN 37996-1920
Email: phansen@utk.edu

 

Undergraduate Nutrition Student Association
Department of Nutrition
The University of Tennessee
1215 W. Cumberland Ave. Room 229
Knoxville, TN 37996-1920

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