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, and Dr. SeAnne Safaii-Waite.
All students will be recognized at the Annual Meeting, April 19th – 20th, 2018 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
Jenna was selected by her peers for this award. One student writes, “She is a hard worker who is willing to go above and beyond to learn and achieve her goals. Additionally, she is willing to help others learn when they are having a difficult time and wants everyone to succeed.” Many students commented on Jenna’s ability to lighten the atmosphere, provide a good laugh, and create fun.
Senior CPD Student – North
Maddi Ray was selected among her peers for this award. Among the many comments received, one that is representatives was that “She has always been positive and works incredibly hard. Watching her helping skills videos and her education in clinical simulation shows just how much she has grown. I believe she will make one of the best RDNs I will ever know.”
Junior CPD Student
Satoko was nominated by her peers. One student wrote, “I would like to nominate Satoko as our outstanding Junior because of her dedication, discipline, and passion. Even though she is 5,000 miles from home, studying in her second language, she has a much deeper understanding of the topics we study than most of us. I wish those who don’t study with her as frequently as I do could see how brilliant and competent she is. She always inspires me to complete assignments early, like she does, and to study and review faithfully, even when no exams or assignments are approaching. She approaches our studies as knowledge that she is excited to attain, not as a box that she has to check off before she can play. She never complains. Instead, she simply says, “Ok we need to do this, this, this, and this. Let’s start now.” Then she puts her head down and gets to it.”