The CRN and American Society for Nutrition Foundation (ASNF) Program Scholars (CAPS) will again provide ASN graduate student members with educational scholarships to attend this year’s Science in Session in-person Oct. 11 at the Arizona Biltmore.

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CRN is dedicated to supporting the nutrition research community. Americans continue to demonstrate a growing interest in dietary supplements and a proactive stance toward their own self-care.  With 80% of Americans taking dietary supplements, CRN recognizes how critically important it is to have continued research on these products and their ingredients and will continue be an advocate on behalf of nutrition science education.  

BACKGROUND: CRN and ASNF Announce New Joint Initiative to Advance Nutrition Education

The association has provided educational awards for students studying at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University to attend its annual science workshop since 2016. Recipients, selected by the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) based on their academic record and commitment to research, receive funding for travel expenses and a waived registration fee for the scientific symposium, which features experts in nutrition and dietary supplement research.

Mary Swartz Rose Awards

Additionally, since 2008, CRN has provided ASN with annual education awards for nutrition researchers through the Mary Swartz Rose Awards, which are presented to a senior and a junior investigator in the field of essential nutrients and bioactive food components. 

CRN and ASNF’s Program Scholars  (CAPS)

CRN supports the nutrition research community and enhances awareness of the role dietary supplements play in nutrition through a partnership with ASNF that provides complimentary registrations for the association’s Science in Session event. (Previously named CASP, the program acronym shifted to CAPS to avoid duplication with another ASNF initiative.)

The program selects winners based on their academic record and commitment to research. In 2021, five recipients attended virtually—learn more about the honorees below.

Stakeholders can commit a contribution via this form to help send select ASN student members to this year’s Science in Session taking place Oct. 11 at the Arizona Biltmore

Contact CRN’s Haiuyen Nguyen with questions.


Association welcomes scholars program awardees to 2021 Science in Session

The 2021 CASP awardees are: Jennifer Bapton, a Ph.D. candidate in health sciences at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois; Alexa Barad, a Ph.D. candidate in the nutritional sciences division at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; Inah Gu, a Ph.D. candidate in the food science department at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas; Sakhawot Hossain, an undergraduate student in the department of nutrition and food technology at Jashore University in Bangladesh; and Kingsley Kalu, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

More about this year's scholars:

Jennifer Bapton, pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Rush University, emphasized the value of Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, Ph.D.’s (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) presentation on women’s health, estrogen balance and chronic disease risk during Science in Session. “Specifically, sharing the effects of botanical estrogens like cranberry, ginger, milk thistle and soy on hormone-dependent cancers such as breast cancer. Through my research with Dr. Sandra Gomez-Perez I hope to incorporate Nutritional Genomics into my research design and this session was very inspiring,” she said.


Alexa Barad, a Ph.D. student at in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University noted of her Science in Session experience underscored that, “Our efforts as scientists and researchers in academia, industry or clinical settings don’t end with reporting our findings and sharing them with the scientific community. The key component of really making a difference in the health of our patients and clients is to be able to communicate our findings in a simple and understandable way.”


Inah Gu, a Ph.D. student in the Food Science department at University of Arkansas observed, “All women are not the same. We need proper nutrition and health care based on our life stages, activeness, and many other factors. The Science in Session experience helped me to think about how I should consider these many factors carefully when I design and conduct research in women’s health and nutrition.”


Sakhawot Hossain, an undergraduate student in the department of Nutrition and Food Technology at Jashore University in Bangladesh noted his Science in Session participation helped him “be up to date on changing nutritional knowledge for the betterment of people’s health.” Mr. Hossain is studying older peoples’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards the COVID-19 pandemic.


Kingsley Kalu, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales, Australia, noted the Science in Session session that made the most impact on him was Billy R. Hammond, Ph.D.’s (University of Georgia) discussion of dietary behavior on women's eye and brain health, emphasizing eye-brain connection in relation to lutein and zeaxanthin. “Interestingly, in the last three years of my Ph.D., I have been researching these carotenoids.” He added that Howard D. Sesso, ScD, MPH’s (Brigham and Women's Hospital) session on clinical trials and precision nutrition was also exciting. “This session prepared me further for the clinical trials I will be conducting in December this year.”

Read about past recipients in archived coverage from 2020 and 2019.

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