Nutritional Sciences Program

Master of Science


October 17, 2022

Jordyn Fantuzzi

Jordyn Fantuzzi

What influenced you to pursue a graduate degree in nutritional sciences? I decided to pursue a graduate degree in nutritional sciences to broaden access to nutrition for people living with diet-related chronic disease. Prior to entering grad school, I worked in the biotech industry both in research and investing in novel medicines to treat chronic…


October 3, 2022

Jeani Hunt-Gibbon

Jeani Hunt-Gibbon

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Jeani Hunt-Gibbon graduated from the UW Master of Science program in 2019 and began working part-time at Newport Healthcare with teens with mental health and substance use disorders, while working on her private practice VeggieLush Nutrition.   After becoming a parent, she decided to focus on her practice, where she helps women and folks…


Dani Ladyka

Dani Ladyka

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT What is a typical day like for you in your role with The Emily Program? As a program RD, I work with adult clients during their time in the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) level of care.  A typical day might include being in meals with the current group of clients where I, along with a…


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…



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