Camaria Welch, recent graduate of the FACS department of foods and nutrition, has received the 2017 "Best Poster" Award from the UGA Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities.
UGA's CURO Symposium is an annual research assembly held each spring that provides an opportunity for all undergraduate researchers at various stages of the research process to present their research to the university’s academic community. This year’s CURO Symposium included 554 undergraduate students.
Originally from Conyers, GA, Welch says, “I have always had a vested interest in food and cooking beginning with Culinary Arts at the Rockdale Career Academy. After witnessing just how much of an impact food has on our health and general well being I developed a passion for nutrition.”
Welch’s research poster titled, “Needs Assessment to Assess the Use of a Mobile Food Pantry in the Early Care and Education (ECE) Setting,” focused on providing service learning to conduct food demonstrations and provide recipes at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's Mobile School Food Pantry locations.
Caree Cotwright, assistant professor in the FACS department of foods and nutrition and Welch’s mentor, stated, “The mobile pantry is unique because many fresh fruits and vegetables are provided. The demos have helped improve participants' willingness to try fruits and vegetables.” Welch’s project involved using survey and interview data to assess how the model could be used in the child care setting.
“This award has motivated me even more to strive for excellence in the field of Foods and Nutrition.” Welch said. It has been such a privilege to participate in CURO this school year.”
Welch will receive a monetary award of $100 in addition to a certificate that will be mailed to her this summer. She plans to start the MS program at UGA in the fall. After receiving her Master’s degree, Welch plans to continue on to a dietetic internship and potentially pursue her PhD.
“I'm very grateful for the opportunity to highlight the work that Dr. Cotwright, myself, and other students are doing in the community, and I look forward to continuing with a similar line of research in the future.”
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