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Ainsley Ellington

Title of Program: Nutrition Intervention for High-Risk Pediatric and Adolescent Populations

E-mail Address: aelling3@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Alcoa, TN

Year: Freshman

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019

Description of Program: My program combines coursework in nutrition, child and family studies, social work, and special education in order that I might have a well-informed perspective throughout my future nutrition practice. I am especially interested in learning to adequately assess the food environment of my future patients in order to give them the most beneficial clinical advice possible.

Departmental Emphases: Nutrition, Child and Family Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarah Colby, Nutrition

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): I plan on attending a graduate program in Nutrition and then becoming a registered dietitian (RD) after the completion of a dietetic internship. I hope to work in a clinical setting in a children's hospital or something similar.

Other Academic Interests: Public Health, Leadership, Spanish, ASL

Study Abroad: I plan to study abroad in Summer 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland with the Haslam Scholars Program. Additionally in Summer 2017, I plan to study Parenting in Global Perspective in Denmark.

Research Experiences or Internships: I am currently an undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Julia Jaekel and Dr. Hillary Fouts, studying the care patterns of African immigrant mothers with preterm infants. Additionally, I am apart of the UGROW lab in the department of Nutrition, directed by Dr. Marsha Spence.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: Haslam Scholars Program, 2015 cohort; Leadership and Service Ambassador; Recruitment Chair for FRUVED; SGA Health & Wellness committee; child life volunteer at East Tennessee Children's Hospital; volunteer at THRIVE Lonsdale; volunteer at Inskip Community School/Pond Gap Community School; reading, traveling, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.


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