The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN; Washington, D.C.) announced a new joint initiative with the American Society of Nutrition Foundation (ASNF) to provide study enrichment for upcoming nutrition professionals. The CRN and ASNF’s Scholars Program (CASP) will provide five ASN student members with educational awards to virtually attend this year’s “Science in Session” annual event, which will be held on October 19.
The scientific symposium will feature presentations from highly regarded researchers with expertise in nutrition and medical research, and provide ASN student member an opportunity to hear from and engage with experts on the role of nutrition in promoting human health. CASP awards will be based on students’ educational and career objectives, prior level of involvement in the ASN community, and academic record.
“ASNF is thrilled to partner with CRN to advocate on behalf of nutrition science education,” said Keith Dillon, chief engagement officer and vice president, ASN Foundation, in a press release. “As ASN student members represent the future leaders and influencers in nutrition, we welcome new opportunities that encourage and support students seeking further education and careers in this field.”
For the previous five years, CRN provided educational awards for Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy students to attend CRN’s past symposiums. “Partnering with ASNF allows us to invite a broader and more diverse group of students to our annual event,” said Andrea Wong, PhD, senior vice president, scientific & regulatory affairs, CRN. “As more Americans continue to rely on registered dietitians or nutritionists as reliable sources of information on dietary supplements, we recognize the importance of increasing access to reputable, educational resources for the future of nutrition professionals.”
The current initiative is only the most recent effort to support the nutrition research community. Since 2008, CRN has provided ASNF with annual education awards for nutrition researchers through the Mary Swartz Rose Awards, presented to a senior and a young investigator advancing research on essential nutrients and bioactive food components.