Ground Breaking Collaborations

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Foods for Health

The start of summer 2018 marked the beginning of the Metabolomics Summer Internship, the product of fruitful collaboration between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Food Science and Technology Foods for Health (FFH) Discovery Theme. This eight week internship is designed to link current ODI Scholars with faculty mentors who align with the student’s research interests.

The Metabolomics Internship evolved out of collaborative discussions between ODI and FFH leadership teams. In the upcoming year, the FFH-ODI Metabolomics Program will provide opportunities such as internships, research experiences, trainings, conferences, and seminars. The overarching mission is to create a healthier future for individuals and populations through the application of scientific approaches integrating food and nutrition, metabolomics, and health. Dr. James Moore, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer, hopes that this new program will pave the way to non-traditional and emerging careers for ODI Scholars.

The internship will conclude with a culminating research presentation, and the interns will continue to receive mentoring and research opportunities from their faculty mentors throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.

Angel Figuero, Sarah Schneider and Keith Lofton
(From left to right) Brett Mitchell, Neway Araya, Kyler Wilson, Kiran Boyinepally

The four ODI Scholars (pictured above) selected as the inaugural Metabolomics Interns are:  Brett Mitchell, mentored by Dr. Willa Hsueh; Neway Araya, mentored by Dr. Matthias Klein; Kyler Wilson, mentored by Dr. Vicki Wysocki; and Kiran Boyinepally, mentored by Dr. Ken Riedl and Dr. Ewy Mathe.

Congratulations to all!

Blueberry photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash