Julia Lance

Julia Lance

Nutritional Sciences

Lance is returning to FACS to pursue her master's degree


Athens, Ga.




Summa Cum Laude (3.92 GPA); Zell Miller Scholarship (2019-Present); UGA 2022 Outstanding Senior Leader (Spring 2022); Pam McIntyre, R.D. Scholarship (Fall 2021-Spring 2022); American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Student Cohort Program (Spring 2021); UGA Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Assistantship (Spring 2021); Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund Scholarship (Fall 2020); Barberitos Employee Scholarship (Fall 2019); Dean’s List (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020); Sunshine Cycles, Watkinsville, Ga., Employee (December 2020-Present); UGA Dining Services Student Nutrition Clerical (August 2021-Present); Assistant Coach of the Oconee County Mountain Bike Team (July 2019-December 2021); Little Bellas: Mentoring on Mountain Bikes Mentor (Fall 2021); UGA Peer Nutrition Educator (June 2020-June 2021); Undergraduate Research Assistant in UGA Nutrition and Skeletal Health Laboratory (January 2021-August 2021); UGA Club Cycling Team Member (Fall 2019-Spring 2021); Undergraduate Research Assistant in UGA Bone and Body Composition Laboratory (May 2019-December 2020)

Why I chose my major

I chose to be a dietetics major because I have always valued nutrition and its impact on health and performance. As a child, I asked my mom what she thought I would be when I grew up and she replied “a scientist who studies nutrition.” Once I realized having a career in nutritional sciences was possible, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. As I’ve learned about the complex topics concerning dietetics and nutritional sciences throughout my time in FACS, my interests and passion for applying this knowledge and helping others has continued to grow. Because of the experiences I have acquired through FACS, in addition to my mom’s inspiring prediction, I know that I am on the path to pursuing a career that will fulfill my desire to improve others’ lives using my expertise in nutrition and dietetics.

What I like most about FACS

Being a part of FACS at UGA allows students the opportunity to connect with their peers, professors and administrators within the college. Being a tight-knit college that emphasizes community, it is clear that the students and faculty of FACS strive to serve both the UGA and greater Athens community through their studies, research and outreach. It is empowering to know that my time as a student in FACS will better those in my community through the education and service I have completed as part of my degree.

Post-graduation plans

After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in dietetics, I plan to travel the western U.S. this summer before returning to UGA for my master’s in nutritional sciences and dietetic internship. Ultimately, I plan to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN/RD) in order to pursue a career that embodies my passions for endurance sports, dietetics and lifelong health. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey within FACS and the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way!

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