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Apr 2014Aug 2014

Research Intern

The Ohio State University OARDC

As a research intern under Dr. Katrina Cornish, I worked on a project analyzing the rubber and latex content of a potential domestic rubber crop (Buckeye Gold Dandelion). I was involved in every aspect of the project including seeding, planting, harvesting, rubber and latex analysis, and data analysis. The project I worked on has led to a publication that I am an author on. Skills learned: Latex Quantification (LQ), Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE), Washed Rubber Particle Preparation, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), and numerous statistical tests.

May 2011May 2014

Laborer/Newsletter Writer and Editor

Harrison Paint, Co

I write a nutrition newsletter every two weeks for Harrison Paint. I started the newsletter here to help employees develop a better understanding of healthy eating. The newsletter is based on recent research that is relevant in employees everyday lives.

I have worked as a laborer at Harrison Paint for the last three summers. This job has taught me a lot. I have had to work many different positions here. I was a delivery driver, a warehouse shipping employee, a store employee, a factory manufacturing employee, as well as many other things. This job has taught me a great deal about being flexible at a position. I had to be very willing to do many different types of jobs and had have the skill set to do those different jobs. It has also taught me a lot about hard work. 

Aug 2013May 2014

Customer Service Supervisor

Ashland University Recreational Services

I am a customer service supervisor. My responsibilities include: Allowing members access into the Recreation Center, selling memberships, taking reservations for racquetball courts, sand volleyball courts, and golf simulator, selling guest passes, insuring the safety of all members near the Customer Service area, renting out DVDs, inputting data, serving as an information bank for the Recreation Center and University, enforcing policies, and performing general upkeep.

Aug 2013May 2014


Ashland University

I am a peer tutor for Intro to Dietetics, Society's Influence on Body Image and Eating, Food Science, Human Nutrition, Advanced Human Nutrition, and Vitamins and Minerals. I work with students who request tutoring to help them understand the concepts of: Human digestion and absorption, dietary self-analysis, setting dietary goals and objectives, issues related to energy balance, nutritional issues related chronic illnesses, and the dietary importance and role of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids, as well as many other concepts

May 2013Apr 2014

Ice Cream Associate/Newsletter Writer and Editor

Smith Dairy

I worked 50 hours a week in the ice cream plant as an associate. My daily duties included: Flavoring and coloring ice cream mix, operating an ice cream freezer and filler machine, adding ingredients to the ice cream as it was being filled, making sure ingredients were kept at the proper temperatures and handled safely by food safety guidelines, as well as many others. I was required to follow HACCP plans for the products we produced. In addition to that job, I also write articles about nutrition research for the “Dairy Diary”. My newsletters are also distributed monthly for employees to read.

Jun 2009Apr 2012

Dietary Aid

Country Lawn Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care, Inc.

I worked in the kitchen as a dietary aid. I was in charge of serving the residents food and drink, washing dishes, pouring drinks, preparing food, and general kitchen and dining room maintenance. This job taught me a great deal about the food service industry. I had to be constantly aware of the food that was served and which residents the food went to. Many of our residents were on specialized diets for their food as well as beverages. I had to make sure each and every resident got the exact right diet that had been assigned to them. I learned to be very meticulous when working at Country Lawn. I also learned a great deal of respect for working with the geriatric population. I had to be very patients and attentive when working with our residents.


Aug 2013Present

First Aid/AED/CPR

American Red Cross
Jan 2014Present

NIH Protecting Human Research Participants

May 2014Present

ServeSafe Certification


Poster Presentation

I presented my undergraduate research during a poster session at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia October 20, 2014



Ashland University Student Dietetic Association AUSDA (

-Service Committee Chair

I am an active member of the Ashland University Student Dietetics Association. I have been present at every meeting since becoming a member of AUSDA when I transferred to Ashland University my junior year. I am heavily involved in many conversations about new and upcoming involvements of our association. I am the service committee chair. This means that I am in charge of developing new service projects for members of the association to participate in. The first project we have started since I became the service committee chair was working with a local food pantry to develop menus for somewhat rare food items. I also am involved in many other areas of AUSDA. I do not limit myself only to the Service Committee. 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

I am a student member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I am currently a student liaison at Ashland University for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Oncology Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group

I am a student member of the Oncology Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group.

Alpha Gamma Omega Nu (Health Sciences Honorary)



"Perceptions and Attitudes Associated with Purchasing Local Produce among Farmer’s Market and Grocery Store Patrons"

The number of farmer’s markets (FMs) in the U.S. has increased by 62% since 2008, yet most Americans do not consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables (F&V). The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare farmer’s market and grocery store patron’s attitudes and perceptions regarding F&V, using a convenience sample of participants (n=90; 48 years of age, SD = 17.3) from a rural, Midwestern city. The average years of completed education was 15.1 (SD = 3.2) years. Questionnaires assessed perceived benefits and barriers associated with F&V consumption, attitudes related to local vs. grocery store produce, stages of change for dietary F&V behaviors, self-efficacy for consuming produce and factors associated with shopping. FM patrons had greater perceived benefits of F&V consumption (p=.005) and less perceived barriers for purchasing and consuming local produce (p<.001). The greatest perceived benefits for purchasing local produce from FM were the beliefs that F&V contained more nutrients and less pesticides or chemicals, as well as supporting a sustainable food system. Perceived barriers associated with purchasing local produce included cost and inconvenience. FM patrons reported consuming greater servings of fruits and vegetables daily than grocery store patrons (5.0 vs. 4.3 servings per day, p=.079). Identifying perceived benefits and barriers associated with consuming and purchasing local produce can assist health professionals in the development of programming targeting these beliefs in order to increase fruit and vegetable intake among adults.

Effect of Planting Density on Yield and Survival of Buckeye Gold (Taraxacum Kok Saghyz) in Autumn and Spring in North East Ohio”

Katrina Cornish1,2 , Sarah K. McNulty1, Griffin M. Bates1, Victor Pool2, Nikita Amstutz1                                                                                                                                       

1Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, 2Department of Food Agricultural and Biological Chemistry, The Ohio State University-OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691, USA.

Abstract was submitted to the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops (AAIC) for publication.

Personal Activities

Pelotonia 2013 and 2014

I rode my bike 100 miles in 2013 and 180 miles in 2014 with many others and raised over $4500 for cancer research. 100% of the funds go directly to fund research at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

Tough Mudder 2013

We completed the 25+ obstacles and 12+ miles of the Mansfield Tough Mudder. This was a great chance to be our team leader and work together to complete the course. As individual we would not have been successful, but our team camaraderie and mental toughness willed us to success.

Half Marathon

I completed the Canton Half Marathon in 2012 and the Columbus Half Marathon in 2012.



Dietetics Advisory Council Member

I sit on the Ashland University Dietetics Advisory Council. I meet with the six other advisory council members periodically to discuss changes in the dietetics curriculum, to review the programs mission, goals, and objectives, and to discuss trends and observations in the program.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo 2013

I attended the Academy’s annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Houston, Texas. Attending FNCE was an incredible experience to network with dietitians and hear researchers at the top of their area speak. I will attend FNCE every year to keep up with direction the field of dietetics is heading.

Nutrition Newsletter

I write a nutrition newsletter for two companies. Everything I write is based on new or recent research and the research is always referenced. The goal is to bring exciting nutrition news to people who do not have regular access to research.

Member of AUSDA (Ashland University Student Dietetic Association)

Service Committee Chair- My duties include finding new service commitments for our students to get involved in, holding service committee meetings, and encouraging younger students to get involved with the Student Dietetic Association.       

Member of AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

I am a Student Member of ON (Oncology Nutrition) and Student Liaison for Ashland University.

Student Liaison

I am a current student liaison at Ashland University for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Ashland University Dietetic Student Mentor

I am a mentor of four freshman dietetic students.

Member of Alpha Gamma Omega Nu (Health Sciences Honor Society)

Maintenance of a GPA of at least 3.0, pursuit of a health sciences degree, displaying leadership qualities, and the desire to educate others

Worksite Wellness Team Member

I spoke to employees of participating companies about the importance of nutrition and wellness.

Eagles in the Kitchen

I organized recipes, menus, and cooking demonstrations for students to learn to cook.

National Nutrition Month

Organized and created an educational event on nutrition at a smoothie bar on campus.

Iron Eagle Fit Festival

I spoke to participants at the fit festival about Celiac’s disease, gluten sensitivity, and various aspects of  a gluten-free diet.

Kroc Center Service Project

I created recipes for a local food pantry in order for them to better serve the people in need of food.

Nutrition and Exercise Pamphlet

I created a pamphlet on the importance of proper nutrition during athletic events and exercising to distribute on campus.

Ashland Middle School Presentations

As the service committee chair of AUSDA, I organized presentations on healthy eating and healthy snacking at the Ashland Middle School. I also presented a presentation on one of the two days that we able to speak with students. 


Currently pursuing graduate degrees. I am interested in conducting research and/or working in academia.