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Alyssa Rosenbaum

Alyssa Rosenbaum educated families on the importance of local, healthy eating as a Rising Star Intern for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read about how adding a second major in culinary food science helped Alyssa pursue her passions.

Amanda Bries

<p>“I-was-given-the-rare-opportunity-to-travel-overseas-and-interact-with-these-scientists-that-I-had-been-reading-about-—-that-I-had-referenced-in-my-thesis.-It-was-an-amazing-opportunity-to-build-connections-and-talk-about-the-research-that-our-group-was-doing.”</p>

Amanda Bries has been with Iowa State since the beginning of her undergraduate degree in dietetics — now, she's nearing earning her doctorate in nutritional sciences. Read about how Amanda has taken advantage of numerous research opportunities to reach her goal of becoming a scientist.

Claire Groth

<p>“I-would-say-‘For-sure-do-the-Rising-Star-internship.-I-gained-communication-skills-and-public-speaking-skills-and-working-on-projects-as-a-team-as-well-as-being-a-leader.”</p>

Claire Groth's experience as a Rising Star Intern with ISU Extension and Outreach helped her develop skills in food, nutrition, and community outreach that will support her far beyond graduation.

Kathy Franco Torres

<p>“If-you-modify-what-you-eat-and-combine-all-the-nutrition-aspects-you-can-reduce-the-risk-for-any-disease.”</p>

Moving from Puerto Rice to come to college at Iowa State University, Kathy Franco Torres has had to do a lot of adjusting – but her new home has brought her closer to realizing her goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.

Dawn Hales

<p>“People-were-saying-‘why-don’t-you-just-go-get-your-BSN-online’-Because-it’s-not-Iowa-State”</p>

Dawn Hales has looked forward to earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) since she began her nursing career about 25 years ago. Dawn is proud to lead a team of 20 nurses and 40 aides as the director of nursing. She wants her journey of obtaining a BSN to set an example for her coworkers.

Kiara Roberts

<p>“Definitely-get-involved.-Find-some-faculty-member-and-connect-with-them-right-away.”</p>

Kiara Roberts, as part of the Cyclone Scholars is a scholarship program, wants to make a difference in by researching and developing solutions for hunger relief and food insecurity around the world.

Alicia Miltner

<p>My-experiences-with-hospice-have-touched-my-life-in-a-way-that-I-never-thought.-Its-made-me-realize-whats-important-in-life</p>

Alicia Miltner’s personal experience with hospice care made her realize what she wants to do with her life and what’s important to her. She wants to impact people's lives as a physician assistant.

Misty Brooks

<p>“I’ve-gotten-so-much-out-of-this-program-to-become-a-better-nurse.”</p>

Misty Brooks is a semester away from earning her BSN from Iowa State. While working through the program, she has uncovered new perspectives on the nursing profession and her role as a caretaker.

Nathan Hoth

<p>“You’re-only-limited-by-yourself.-If-you-have-the-means-to-do-more-you-100-percent-can.”</p>

After transferring from a different college and leaving his baseball career behind, Nathan is looking forward to utilizing Iowa State's nutritional science program to prepare him for his dream career of neuroscience research.

Nicole Kling

<p>“The-Rosenfeld-internship-is-more-targeted-toward-my-master’s…you-get-to-be-more-specific-during-the-internship-especially-if-you’re-going-to-graduate-school</p>

Nicole Kling, a senior in diet and exercise, wants to work in community nutrition and help people develop a positive view of healthy eating and exercise. She is now tailoring her research to her future her goals through her work with the Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship.

Brooke Vogel

<p>“The-internship-is-teaching-me-lab-skills-and-what-it-would-be-like-in-grad-school…it’s-nice-to-have-independence-and-your-work-is-appreciated-by-staff.”</p>

While Brooke Vogel is currently weighing her options when it comes to post-graduation plans, the Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship is giving her a taste of what attending graduate school might be like, should she choose to go.

Kinzie Matz

<p>“The-Rosenfeld-internship-will-help-me-grow-as-I-present-my-research-meet-faculty-and-students-and-develop-connections-and-relationships-that-I-can-use-as-I-continue-into-my-professional-career.”</p>

Kinzie Matz is one of seven students who earned a 2019 Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship. When she graduates with a degree in dietetics, she plans on becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian. 

Khum Yan (Adriana) Chew

<p>“I-love-talking-to-people-about-majors-and-things-they-might-like-and-I-get-to-preach-my-love-for-culinary-food-science.-I’m-so-honored-to-represent-the-international-community-in-the-FSHN-department</p>

Adriana Chew plans on working in food product research and development after graduation. When she isn't studying, Adriana likes to hang with friends, try new recipes, and of course, eat.

Lynette Wuebker

<p>“The-main-thing-is-just-making-sure-people-have-access-to-good-nutritious-food.”</p>

Lynette Wuebker plans to work as a registered dietitian after graduation. When she isn't in class, Lynette enjoys finding new places around Ames to get coffee, run, and go on hikes. 

Loo-Yee Wong

<p>Being-able-to-apply-what-I-learn-through-this-path-is-really-awarding-and-that-made-me-want-to-help-those-who-need-help</p>

Once she graduates, Loo-Yee Wong hopes to work in a hospital as a clinical dietician, with a possible focus on professional dancers. When she isn't busy with her club involvement, Loo-Yee enjoys cooking and baking with friends.

Emily Parent

<p>“Previously, my company had no stable wellness program for their 8,000 employees, and I was able to develop a program to reach our employees in all five Midwestern states.”</p>

Emily Parent intends to use her degree to work on her weight management program full time. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going for a run, cooking, and relaxing on the lake with friends and family.

Megan Slattery

Megan Slattery hopes to use her degree to be a family physician. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going to the gym, making crafts, and exploring the Ames area with friends.

Diane Tan

<p>“I-have-always-wanted-to-work-in-a-hospitalhealth-care-profession-and-what-led-me-to-choosing-dietetics-was-when-I-realized-that-I-was-considered-malnourished-in-high-school.”</p>

Diane Tan prepares for her future career as a clinical dietitian. When she isn't in class or volunteering, Diane spends time with her friends eating food or hitting the gym.

Jessie Glanz

<p>When-I-changed-my-major-to-dietetics-my-grades-instantly-got-better-and-I-actually-felt-confident-and-excited-for-my-future-career-path</p>

Jessie Glanz can't wait to use her dietetics degree to work as a clinical dietitian. Besides studying and mentoring prospective students as a CHS ambassador, she enjoys tailgating, spending time at the gym, and exploring new trails to run.

Kristin Gerhardt

<p>“Working-in-a-lab-is-much-more-laid-back-than-I-thought-it-would-be.”</p>

Kristin Gerhardt wants to use her degree in dietetics to work as a clinical dietitian in weight management. During her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs at Ledges State Park, trying new restaurants, and going to sporting events.

Tessa Anderson

<p>“The-SHOP-food-pantry-has-prepared-me-to-work-with-hunger-relief-by-teaching-me-more-about-food-insecurity-and-how-to-relieve-that.”</p>

Tessa Anderson looks forward to working in research and development with hunger relief. When she isn't informing people about food insecurity, she enjoys crafting, baking, and spending time with friends.

Brenda Zavala-Livengood

<p>“With-Science-Bound-and-Cyclone-Scholars-I-felt-I-had-the-support-system-I-needed-to-be-successful.”</p>

Brenda Zavala-Livengood's career goal is working marketing and business development for a food company. Until then, she spends her time with family, friends, and her corgi, or by completing many of her half-started Pinterest projects.

Kelsey Finn

<p>“I-was-too-involved-freshman-year.-You-can-say-no.-Take-time-to-adjust-to-college-and-then-join-the-clubs.”</p>

Kelsey Finn plans to be an occupational therapist with a focus on mental health, brain trauma, or pediatrics. When Kelsey isn't attending one of her club meetings, she spends time with friends, working out, and hiking.

Anastasia Frazee

<p>“Go-into-your-major-knowing-that-you-can-switch-around-and-learn-about-other-majors.”</p>

Anastasia Frazee wants to use her culinary food science degree to open her own bakery someday. When she isn't trying out new recipes in the kitchen, she enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with her friends.

Taylor Dulaney

<p>I-had-the-opportunity-to-intern-with-Disney-World-in-Florida.-I-was-able-to-work-with-top-chefs-and-have-their-help-in-developing-culinary-fundamentals</p>

Taylor Dulaney wants to use her degree in culinary food science to work in product development. Some of her favorite pastimes include catching up on sleep and going out to eat with her friends.

Sarah Allen

<p>Sarah-Allen-from-Marshalltown-Iowa-is-studying-nutritional-science-to-eventually-become-a-public-health-nutritionist</p>

Sarah Allen plans to eventually obtain her master's degree in public health and become a public health nutritionist. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hanging out with her dog, and working at ISU Extension and Outreach.

Anna Ben-Shlomo

<p>School-is-possible-as-a-mom-because-of-the-help-and-support-my-family-gives-me-constantly</p>

Anna Ben-Shlomo's goal is opening her own practice as a registered dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

Jonathan Cerna

<p>“In-order-to-know-what-you-need-to-prioritize-you-have-to-be-aware-during-your-day-what-actually-helps-you</p>

Jonathan Cerna wants to work as a dietitian and researcher. When he isn't studying, he enjoys reading, powerlifting, and playing guitar.

Beth Baustian

<p>“Be-real-with-yourself-and-be-smart-about-it-but-bottom-line-go-for-what-you-really-want.”</p>

Beth Baustian's goal is working as a dietitian and health editor/medical science writer. When she isn't studying, she enjoys listening to podcasts, drinking coffee, and cooking.

Casey Johnson

<p>“I-wish-I-would-have-known-at-ISU-you’re-not-just-a-number-like-everyone-told-me-I-would-be.”</p>

Casey Johnson's goal is working in a clinical setting, preferably with Diabetes patients or disease prevention. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with friends, painting, and reading.

Madeleine Kiepura

<p>“I-want-to-understand-why-recipes-work-and-the-chemistry-behind-them.”</p>

Madeleine Kiepura knows she wants to work in a test kitchen. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys trying new recipes, swimming at State Gym, and lounging in a hammock on central campus.

Kelly Verburgt

<p>Kelly-Verburgt-from-Minnetonka-Minn.-is-studying-dietetics-to-become-a-registered-dietitian</p>

Kelly Verburgt plans to use her love of nutrition to help others as a dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with friends, testing new recipes, and working for Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Monica Thornton

<p>Monica-Thornton-from-St.-Charles-Ill.-is-studying-dietetics-to-become-a-registered-dietitian</p>

Monica Thornton hopes to help people as a future dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys hiking at Ledges, attending concerts, and grabbing coffee with friends.

Sarah Menzel

<p>“I’m-a-kid-at-heart-so-I-love-being-with-kids-and-helping-them.”</p>

Sarah Menzel knows she wants to be a pediatric dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys working out, knitting, and playing with her cat.

Jenna Leland

<p>“I-found-it-really-interesting-to-learn-about-how-their-nutritional-status-affected-their-growth.”</p>

Jenna Leland can't wait to start her dietetics career. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going for runs around Ames, taking photos, and spending time with friends.

Gretchen Henningsen

<p>“We-like-working-together-it’s-been-a-building-year-and-we-are-setting-the-stage-for-years-to-come.”</p>

Gretchen Henningsen intends to earn her master's degree and work as a registered dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys kayaking, riding her bike, and spending time with family and friends.

Nyahon Both

<p>“You-never-know-what-a-connection-can-bring-—-even-if-they-aren’t-in-the-same-field-as-you.”</p>

Nyahon Both aspires to start her own community nutrition program When she isn't studying, she enjoys volunteering with ACCESS, participating in various on-campus events, and binging her favorite Netflix shows.

Leah Brooke

<p>“Being-a-dietitian-you-are-the-person-who-knows-the-most-about-nutrition.”</p>

Leah Brooke knows she wants to work in a clinical setting. When she isn't studying, she enjoys roller blading, going on random adventures, and attending Iowa State sporting events.

Brooke Odendahl

<p>Brooke-Odendahl-from-Sac-City-Iowa-is-studying-dietetics-to-one-day-help-individuals-with-food-intolerances-or-eating-disorders</p>

Brooke Odendahl plans to use her dietetics degree to help those fighting eating disorders. When she isn't studying, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, whipping up something tasty in the kitchen, and relaxing with yoga.

Shelly Palmer

<p>“It-was-great-to-experience-another-culture-and-interesting-to-learn-how-their-nutrition-differed-from-the-United-States.”</p>

Shelly Palmer plans to become a registered dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys running, exploring different trails around Ames, and being outside.

Benjamin Dralle

<p>“Between-different-majors-and-clubs-research-opportunities-and-everything-else-you-really-have-the-chance-to-become-who-you-want-to-be.”</p>

Benjamin Dralle plans to use his nutritional science degree to attend medical school. When he isn't studying or working as a community adviser in Willow Hall, he enjoys participating in judo, going for runs around campus, and spending time with friends hanging out or grabbing meals (especially Conversation's late-night meal bundles).