We value student engagement and learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. While at UD, nutrition students have many opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty and affiliates in a variety of settings.
Nutrition Clinic at UD Health
Students can volunteer year-round in the Nutrition Clinic where they can shadow our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists during live medical nutrition therapy sessions. They can also get involved with entering patients’ food logs for nutrient analysis.
Additional activities include helping with preparation of nutrition education sessions and participation in local health fairs and cooking fairs/demonstrations to promote the clinic.
Food and Nutrition Education Lab
Focused on educating and empowering the UD community through hands-on cooking classes, the Food and Nutrition Education Lab (FNEL) provides nutrition students with the opportunity to work as undergraduate teaching assistants in NTDT 367: Culinary Medicine, NTDT 201: Food Concepts and our BHAN 130 classes (Spice Kitchen, Cook It Healthy, Takeout Makeover, Cooking Around the World and Sustainability and Food).
Students may also gain experience writing for the FNEL website and promoting healthy eating through social media, as well as assisting with the development and delivery of free cooking programs for UD faculty, staff and students.
As an upperclassman, gain experience mentoring freshmen and students new to the nutrition majors. Peer mentors take a one credit independent study course and attend NTDT 103: Introduction to the Nutrition Professions, where they lead a group of about 10 students. Mentors grow in leadership and relationship building skills as they help other nutrition students acclimate to the majors.
Registered Student Organizations
Our faculty serve as advisors to several nutrition-related RSOs that are very active on campus and in the community. In addition to the Nutrition and Dietetics Club, Food and Culinary Club, and Nutrition and Disabilities Club, UD students can choose from over 400 student-led registered organizations.
The underlying theme of the travel study programs led by our faculty is understanding and building cultural sensitivity in our students. The Hawaii program was initiated by Dr. Kuczmarski in 1987. This 4.5-week program is scheduled over Winter Session and consists of two courses – NTDT 445: Teaching Methods and NTDT 475: Transcultural Foods and Cuisine.
UD students are eligible for over 100 study abroad programs annually, including microsemesters, internships, exchanges and the World Scholar program.
Nutrition majors gain experience using social media and in-person presentations to convey the benefits of the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines for healthy eating. Coached by a nutrition faculty member, nutrition majors design Instagram and other tools to be relevant to the college population.