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Distinguished Alumni Award

Since 1980, the Distinguished Alumni Award has recognized a graduate of Family and Consumer Sciences who has made lifelong contributions that reflect the beliefs and values of the College.

Rick Lewis

  • Served as Director of the Bone and Body Composition Laboratory at The University of Georgia for over three decades, gaining international recognition for his scientific contributions advancing the field of nutrition, pediatric health and osteoporosis prevention.
  • Obtained his B.S. in Psychology in 1975 and M.S. in Food and Nutrition in 1978 from the University of Georgia. He then went on to obtain his Ph.D. in 1986 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; retired as UGA Foundation Professor emeritus.
  • Founding co-director and member of the Georgia Osteoporosis Initiative, which raised public awareness for the disease, increased screening and helped professionals advance their efforts in osteoporosis prevention; also served as co-investigator for the Policy Leadership for Active Youth (PLAY) group
  • Has approximately 100 published peer-reviewed journal articles in high-impact journals.
  • Many students eagerly sought to work in his labs because his style of mentorship was tailored to each student’s learning style. His ability to communicate with students is regarded as one of his greatest attributes. He created many research opportunities for undergraduate students and in 2016 received the University of Georgia CURO Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award.
  • He dedicated his life to promoting the development and careers of UGA students and was recognized nationally with the prestigious Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities in 2018. 
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