Spotlight: Undergraduate Students

Austin Kirk, undergraduate student, Clinical Nutrition

Austin Kirk

Ashley Payne, undergraduate student, Clinical Nutrition

Ashley Payne


Throughout the year, undergraduate students in the Memphis area who are majoring in Dietetics, or other nutrition related studies, are hired as undergraduate assistants or recruited as research observers in the department of Clinical Nutrition.

The undergraduate team is managed by Karen Ringwald-Smith, RD, MS, LDN, FAND the nutrition project manager. The students work on a variety of projects that support the efforts of the clinical nutrition staff.

Clinical Nutrition Undergraduate Students in 2016

Mackenna Mattox, Bryn Chambers

Undergraduate students in Clinical Nutrition in 2016

Stephanie Hilleary, Sara Zellers


The projects that the students are involved in are numerous and include teaching nutrition related classes every month, hosting cooking demonstrations, participating in career day seminars for high school students, gathering/organizing data for research studies, evaluating nutrition intake using research software, and participating in health fairs and National Nutrition Month projects.