Nutritional Sciences Program

Master of Science


November 2, 2021

Kaitlin Sandberg

Kaitlin Sandberg

What influenced you to pursue a degree in nutritional sciences? I decided to pursue a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences after realizing that I wanted a career change. Before pursuing my master’s, I spent nearly a decade working for various food and beverage brands. My roles involved researching, designing, and marketing new products and…


August 10, 2021

Kazue Yoshida

Kazue Yoshida

What influenced you to pursue a degree in nutritional sciences? I chose a degree in nutritional sciences to become a dietitian, and to be able alleviate problems in an individual’s life by applying my strengths in science and my passion for food. During my high school years, I realized my passion for life science through…


July 28, 2021

Diana Aguilera

Diana Aguilera

What influenced you to pursue a degree in nutritional sciences? I developed a passion for dietetics during my undergraduate studies. The more I advanced in the field, the more I appreciated the importance of nutrition for overall health and especially in specific disease conditions. I learned that nutrition wasn’t just about what society teaches us….


February 3, 2021

Cairo Archer

Cairo Archer

What influenced you to pursue a degree in nutrition? My decision to pursue nutritional sciences and dietetics came from my collective experiences as an undergraduate at Cornell.  In my undergraduate studies, I realized how much of a need there is for Black dietitians. Initially, I thought I was destined to improve the lives of others…


January 21, 2021

Dani Ladyka

Dani Ladyka

What influenced you to pursue a degree in nutrition sciences? I took a bit of a winding road to nutrition. As an undergrad at UW working toward my bachelor’s degree, my initial interests were in the environment and addressing the current climate crisis.  I pivoted to economics, because as market forces are much larger than…


August 5, 2020

Erin McDonnell

Erin McDonnell

Why did you choose UW? UW has one of the best coordinated dietetics programs on the west coast. Not only does the program prioritize bringing in master’s students from a wide variety of backgrounds, it is also known for its strong focus on clinical dietetics. For me, both of these priorities hit the mark. I…


February 24, 2020

Meredith Blumenthal

Meredith Blumenthal

Why did you choose UW? I had a really great experience at UW during my undergraduate studies. When I decided to study nutrition, I spoke with several past students who highly recommended the nutrition graduate program. I also loved that UW was one of the few graduate programs to offer a coordinated Master of Science…


December 10, 2018

Jenny Goodyear

Jenny Goodyear

Why go back to school to study nutrition? I studied nutrition as an undergrad at Boston University. Tuition wasn’t cheap, so I joined the ROTC to pay for school. When I graduated, I went into the Navy and spent six and a half years on active duty. I knew that I wanted to go back…


October 28, 2016

Jisun Park

Jisun Park

What did you do before you went to the University of Washington? I was born and raised in South Korea. I started college as a biotechnology major, then took a year off to explore what I’d really like to do for my career. When I came back to school, I changed my major to food…