The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) integrates information from across 10 disciplines to give students a well-rounded understanding of nutrition and its application.
The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) integrates information from across 10 disciplines to give students a well-rounded understanding of nutrition and its application.

IGPNS Announces Assistantship Positions

The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) within the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at Iowa State University is seeking graduate student applicants for a Transdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Childhood Obesity.

This doctoral graduate training program is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants program. A total of three doctoral students will be trained  in childhood obesity prevention using a socio-ecological model. This model ensures students are cognizant of research and practice in three core areas: basic sciences, clinical/applied settings, and community/extension settings. Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to address childhood obesity, owing to their collaborative and transdisciplinary training in coursework, research, and practicums within each of the three core areas. Students admitted to the program will receive Graduate Training Fellowships paying full tuition and stipends for the duration of their training. The fellowship will also provide funding to travel for research and/or attendance at professional meetings.

Recruitment is now underway for graduate students, who will begin the program in the fall of the 2013-14 academic year. We are currently seeking well-qualified and highly motivated applicants for the program. Three students will be identified within 18 months to receive the fellowship. Completion of the program requirements will lead to a Ph.D. degree in IGPNS.

IGPNS integrates information from across 10 disciplines to give students a well-rounded understanding of nutrition and its application; providing the structure for coordinating and enhancing interdisciplinary nutrition research and graduate education.

Students interested should have the following minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Biochemistry, Biology, Physiology, Kinesiology or related area (MS preferred)
  • Acceptance into IGPNS at Iowa State University
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • High level of professionalism in dealing with clientele and co-workers

Iowa State is an international university with a friendly, welcoming environment. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries come to Ames, Iowa, to choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Iowa State offers a great environment where students can enjoy reaching their potential and discovering their passions.

Students interested in the program should request admission by applying for graduate admission through the standard Iowa State University Graduate College application process. In addition to the Graduate College application, additional materials required for the application packet to IGPNS include:

  •     Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  •     Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  •     Three letters of recommendation from faculty members and/or employers acquainted with the qualifications that would make the applicant a successful graduate student

Finally, applicants seeking a fellowship should send a one page statement of interest in the Transdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Childhood Obesity to Brenda Emery, Graduate Program Coordinator.

Admission to IGPNS is required to be eligible for this assistantship, as is identification of a primary faculty mentor affiliated with IGPNS.