FDN students claim top honors in state

April 4th, 2016 Contact: Lynn Bailey  |  706-542-4256  | More about Lynn

Two students in the FACS department of foods and nutrition recently received honors from the Georgia Academy for Dietetics and Nutrition at the 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition event.

Emily Selph, a senior dietetics and consumer foods double major, was named “Outstanding Dietetics Student” in the undergraduate category for the state.

Zach Grunewald, who is in his second year in the combined dietetic internship and master’s degree program, was named “Most Outstanding Student” in the dietetic internship category.

The students were selected for their excellence in academics, leadership and service.

“I was in disbelief,” Selph said. “It was an honor to be chosen because there are so many students in the DPD programs across the state. I couldn’t believe it and I was of course very, very excited.”

Along with her studies in the FDN department, Selph also has completed a minor in music. She is a FACS Ambassador and a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron and the Student Dietetics Association.

She also works for UGA Food Services as a clerical student for the university’s registered dietician.

Selph will continue her studies in the FDN graduate program in the fall and eventually hopes to become a registered dietitian.

Grunewald, who holds two undergraduate degrees from Florida State University, has received the Marion K. and Vernon W. Piper Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship by the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri, where he will continue his studies in the fall.

“FACS has been a great place for me to pursue my master’s degree and dietetic internship,” Grunewald said. “The college has enabled me to grow as a scientist and dietitian and I am grateful for the many opportunities UGA and FACS have provided me.  I am honored to be selected for this award and to represent our foods and nutrition department for the state of Georgia.”

Both Grunewald and Selph are members of the Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association, a branch of the Georgia Dietetic Association, which works to connect professionals and students by promoting dietetics as a career across the state.

This story was written by Abbey Harrison, a FACS Ambassador and double major in consumer journalism and magazine journalism.

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