Aug 2013 - Jun 2015

M.S., R.D. in Clinical Nutrition

Rush University Medical center

GPR: 3.78 / 4.0

Aug 2009 - May 2013

B.S. in Food Science (Concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics)

Clemson University 

GPR: 3.51 / 4.0




  • Obtained over 360 hours of inpatient experience in specialty rotations, including cardiovascular, geriatric, GI/surgery, neurosciences, oncology, renal, pediatrics, neonatal ICU, and adult ICU/critical care
  • Worked as acting dietitian & diet technician responsible for patients on half of a general medicine floor -- 3 weeks
  • Worked as acting dietitian responsible for the care of patients on the neuroscience & general medicine inpatient units while managing two diet technicians for those units  -- 4 weeks
  • Navigated patient medical charts using EPIC medical record system 
  • Wrote enteral and parenteral nutrition orders

Food Service

  • Obtained over 200 hours of experience in food service operations in three kitchens: patient meal kitchen, cafeteria kitchen, and upscale dining kitchen
  • Emphasis placed on food production and management of patient meal services
  • Created and tested unique salad recipe; promoted and tracked sales of the salad


  • Obtained over 100 hours of experience in outpatient counseling with allergy, geriatric, and bariatric patients 
  • Obtained over 200 hours experience in preparing curriculum, creating handouts, and performing lectures in various community settings, including Children's Head Start Program, Facing Forward to End the Homeless, and Senior Center Site
  • Worked as acting nutritionist for the Camp Crossroads Diabetes Camp

Research and Presentations

Work experience
Sep 2013 - Present

Graduate Student Researcher 

  • Designed methodology for validation of a novel Mediterranean Diet screener
  • Manage several internet-based programs for data collection
  • Recruit participants to complete multiple electronic 24-hour recalls and screeners
  • Organize and analyze data using SPSS statistical software
Oct 2014 - Mar 2015

Management Project -- Simulation Study

  • Researched curriculum development for nutrition counseling simulation 
  • Coordinated with Rush University Simulation Lab (RUSL) managers and local experts on healthcare simulation
  • Created and administered needs assessment surveys to preceptors and students
  • Used results to develop comprehensive curriculum for intern nutrition counseling practice 
  • Outlined plan for future implementation of curriculum
Feb 2015 - Feb 2015

Seminar Presentation -- Role of microRNA in Food

  • Co-presented the latest research findings on microRNA in food
  • Explored the key question: "Does the exogenous miRNAs absorbed from food affect gene expression of the host in a way that impacts health?"
Jan 2015 - Jan 2015

Cooking Demonstration -- Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

  • Planned menu, created handouts, and tested recipes for a vegetarian Indian cooking demo
  • Co-demonstrated a 5-course meal for patrons of the Rush Food and Nutrition Services
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014

NHANES Research Project

  • Analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data using SPSS software
  • Examined relationship between adherence to Mediterranean dietary pattern and grocery store commute time
  • Presented findings to Rush University faculty and staff at a poster session  

Related Experience

Diet Clerk
September 2013-Present
Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, IL

  • Collect dining menus from patients 
  • Assist a diverse patient population in understanding their diet restrictions
  • Enter menu selections in the CBORD computer system

Ice-cream Server & Supervisor
April 2012-June 2013
'55 Exchange; Clemson, SC

  • Served customers ice-cream, smoothies, coffee-chillers, and milkshakes
  • Produced unique ice-cream flavors in the micro-creamery
  • Managed employees during closing shift

Nutrition & Culinary Educator
August 2011-December 2011
ClemsonLIFE Program; Clemson, SC

  • Instructed students with intellectual disabilities on basic nutrition theory
  • Chose appropriate recipes and drew up a shopping list on a weekly basis
  • Taught specific skills including recipe reading, food safety, and knife skills
  • Guided students as they discovered how to cook simple, healthy meals

Microbiology Lab Assistant/Researcher
August 2011-December 2011
Dr. McNealy's Lab; Clemson, SC

  • Investigated the effect of gold nano particles on the growth of Acanthamoeba polyphaga
  • Compiled microbial growth curve data
  • Maintained a mosquito insectary

Awards & Scholarships

2013 - 2014

Rush University College of Health Sciences Golf Scholarship Award

Department of Clinical Nutrition

Given to incoming freshman within the College of Health Sciences with prior outstanding academic performance

2010 - 2013

South Carolina Palmetto Fellows Enhanced Recipient (2010-2013)

Clemson University

Given to students with an outstanding high school academic history, who are in math and science related majors, and who maintain a cumulative GPR of 3.0 throughout college

Volunteer Experience & Other Activities

10th Annual RU Caring Back to School Health Fair volunteer (July 2014)
RTC Med Prep Interprofessional Workshop volunteer (April 2014)
Clemson University Fencing Club; Member (2009-2013), Secretary (2010-2012), Coach (2012-2013)
Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitian Assoc. (CPSDA) RD Boot Camp (Jan. 2013)
Poster Presentation at The National Ice Cream Retailer’s Association (November 2012)
Dot's Kitchen of Westminster volunteer (July 2012-November 2012)
Shadow of Sally Nicholson, RD, Pickens County School District Dietitian (August 2012)
Food Science and Human Nutrition Club (Fall 2011-Spring 2012)
Flute Choir (Fall 2010, Fall 2011)
Concert Band (Spring 2010, Spring 2011)
Tiger Marching Band (Fall 2009)


Research Projects & Writing Examples

Presentations & Handouts