The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The University of Idaho selected three students from the Coordinated Program (CPD): one junior, one senior from CPD-North and one senior from CPD-South for this program. Nominations were determined by the University of Idaho Dietetic faculty, which included Hydee Becker, Dr. Katie Brown, Dr. Katie Miner, Dr. Samantha Ramsay, and Dr. SeAnne Safaii-Waite.
All students will be recognized at the Annual Meeting, April 20th – 21st, 2017 and their bios will be featured after the Annual Meeting in this blog.
The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awards each ODSA a one-year membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students must be members by January 1st of the year in which they would receive the award. Student enrolled in ACEND-accredited dietetics education program (CP, DI, DPD, DT).
- Demonstrated academic achievement as documented by letters from program faculty or preceptor.
- Demonstrated leadership and professional potential; e.g., honors, student dietetic association activities, community service activities, etc.
Senior CPD Student – South
Wes will be graduating with a BS in May as a triple major! Not only will he be graduating with a major in food and nutrition/ dietetics, his has a majored in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Microbiology. The past semester he has been completing his supervised practice hours in clinical dietetics and food service management at South Idaho Advanced Care Hospital in Boise. Last year, he significantly contributed to the department by working as the lab manager for the Carmelita Spencer Foods Lab. He also completed undergraduate research with Dr. Katie Miner in his Junior year and presented his findings at FNCE in his Senior year. Wes has been open to the many varied possibilities that have been presented to him as a student. He has continually demonstrated his flexibility and his abilities throughout our program. We are confident that Wes will contribute significantly to the field of nutrition and dietetics!
Senior CPD Student – North
Annette has been a leader throughout her career as a dietetic student. We expect her leadership will extend into her career as a registered dietitian nutritionist. She has led the class with her strong clinical dietetic skills. She also led the class with her strong management skills that were developed in her previous career. This semester she has been completing her clinical supervised practice hours at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and her management supervised practice hours at Spokane Public School District. Annette has been able to apply her previous skills and experiences to her academic and supervised practice work. In this way, she has contributed significantly to the overall quality of learning of the CPD class of 2017.
Junior CPD Student
Patrick is an excellent student. He impresses us with his dedication to his course work. It is evident that he takes the time necessary to complete the assigned reading before he arrives in class. He is engaged and participates during class. His assignments are completed thoroughly and demonstrate his critical thinking skills and intellect.