All Human Nutrition students complete an undergraduate research project as part of their major requirements. Students complete a two-course sequence during their senior year, DHN 474: Research in Nutrition-Theory and DHN 475W: Research in Nutrition-Applications. DHN 475W fulfills the University of Kentucky graduation writing requirement.
Students majoring in Human Nutrition completed undergraduate research projects during the 2012-2013 school year. Students selected their own research topic, developed a grant and appropriate study tools, completed the research and data analysis, and prepared a 15-page journal article and professional poster. This opportunity allows students to explore what research really is so that they have a better understanding as they move into graduate school and their professional career. The top five students presented posters at the 2013 UK Undergraduate Showcase of Scholar :
Blake Dickens - Off-Campus College Students: Does Location of Eating Venues Influence Academic Success?
Ryan Barr - How Frequently Students at the University of Kentucky Smoke or Use Tobacco and How Smoking Affects BMI of the Individual
Andrew Denmark - The Effect of SSB Intake on BMI of College Students at the University of Kentucky
Jamie Shelton - Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in 3rd and 4th Graders Based on a NSLP Intervention.
Megan Crepps - How is the grade point average of a full time college student at the University of Kentucky affected by the consumption of breakfast before class? How is the grade point average of a full time college student at the University of Kentucky affected by the nutritional value of the foods they choose to eat for breakfast?