Graduate Student Portfolio

The Graduate Student Portfolio is a mechanism for students to convey their achievement of the core competencies and readiness to move forward with work on the culminating project (capstone, thesis, or dissertation). Approval of the portfolio is required to be eligible to register for additional NUTR 596 (Capstone) or NUTR 700 (Thesis) credits. PhD students must complete the portfolio and general exam before registering for NUTR 800 (Dissertation) credits.

All students (MS, MPH, PhD) are required to submit the portfolio soon after the completion of the core courses, by June 30th of the first year of study. Information on the process and timeline will be provided during the Student Symposium in the spring.

The portfolio summarizes the learning that has taken place in the core classes: NUTR 500, 513, 520, 521, 522, 529, 531, 562, HSERV 579/590 and BIOST 508 (or BIOST 511/512/513 for PhD students). Students prepare their portfolio using the Portfolio Template to prepare a self-assessment; outline next steps for your capstone, thesis, or dissertation; and provide examples of course work including a scientific paper, policy brief paper, and PowerPoint presentation.

Portfolios will be reviewed by the Nutritional Sciences faculty in July. The faculty will make one of three possible decisions for each student: 1) Student is ready to proceed; 2) Student needs to complete additional preparation work before moving forward with the culminating project; 3) Student is not making sufficient academic progress and requires a plan for improvement and performance agreement before proceeding further in graduate work in Nutritional Sciences. Assigned members of the faculty will provide feedback on the portfolios following the review. Students who do not receive feedback on their portfolio by August 15 should contact

To complete the portfolio:

  1. Complete the Portfolio Template and collect required assignments.
  2. Consolidate the template and assignments into a single PDF document. Adobe Acrobat Pro can be used to convert files to PDF and merge them into a single document. Acrobat Pro is available on all computers in the Raitt Hall 330 student room. Instructions for merging separate files into one PDF are available here.
  3. Name the PDF file using the underscore naming convention below with your first initial, last name, title, and completion date.
  4. Email the single PDF file including all required materials to by 11:00 p.m. on June 30. Please do not upload materials as separate documents.