Congratulations to our 2022 winners—seen here with their CRN member company mentors.
CAPS awardee Doreen Larvie with mentor Dr. Sonia Hartunian-Sowa, DSM Nutritional Products; mentor Dr. Yasmeen Nkrumah-Elie, ChromaDex with CAPS awardee Samantha Fessler, Arizona State University; mentor Dr. Casey Vanous, Herbalife Nutrition, with CAPS awardee Samiha Azgar, Cornell University.
Meet the 2022 CAPS awardees:
- Samiha Azgar, a Ph.D. candidate in nutritional biochemistry and human metabolism at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
- Samantha Fessler, a Ph.D. candidate in the exercise and nutritional sciences program at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona
- Doreen Larvie, a nutrition Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
These students attended CRN's 2022 Science in Session event and shared about the impact of their experience.
Ms. Azgar is a Ph.D. candidate in nutritional biochemistry and human metabolism at Cornell University, noted the presentations from John W. Newman, Ph.D., research chemist, USDA ARS WHNRC, associate adjunct professor, University of California, Davis, and Floyd H. Chilton, Ph.D., professor, School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness, director, The Precision Wellness Initiative, University of Arizona. "Dr. Newman and Dr. Chilton's research looking at the phenotypic and genotypic variability in omega-3 absorption was especially interesting to me because my work is in omega-3's and it was great to have that understanding to help explain my preliminary results. I really appreciate Dr. Newman connecting with me outside of the conference and helping me understand my work at a deeper level."
Ms. Fessler is a Ph.D. candidate in the exercise and nutritional sciences program at Arizona State University, shared, “Connections with those established in the field are so imperative to enhancing my knowledge of the emerging evidence, research methods and ways to improve the rigor of my own research in the future.”
Ms. Larvie is a nutrition Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro discussed her most important takeaway from Science in Session—the interdisciplinary nature of nutrition science. "To conduct rigorous research that can be better translated into human health outcomes, we as nutrition scientists need to collaborate with experts from a wide range of disciplines such as data scientists, biologists, physiologists and social scientists, among others," said Larvie.