Why did you choose Mizzou?
As a nontraditional graduate student, Mizzou fit me and my education needs. This includes the facilities, faculty, and opportunities that Mizzou offers.
What is your thesis/dissertation about?
My ultimate goal is to better understand the process of intestinal absorption of vitamin D (a hormone as a population we are unable to effectively make). The first step in that process, and thus my dissertation, is to examine how vitamin D leaves the intestine in route to the rest of the body.
Why did you choose the field you chose?
As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I firmly believe food is the best way to obtain nutrients. Nutrition science is a natural fit for my beliefs.
Have your career goals changed?
Absolutely! Progress precedes change. As one goal is achieved, one must reassess and set new goals.
Where do you plan to go upon graduation?
I am keeping my options open. As a nontraditional student, my path is slower and more convoluted. At this point in my career and education, I am looking more to industry or government positions.
What did you like about Mizzou?
Mizzou is a home I have had for nearly 20 years. It is familiar and family.
Who was your mentor?
Dr. Catherine Peterson is my mentor and has given me so much more than I can every hope to repay. My hope is that I can pay forward all the knowledge, mentorship, kindness, and patience she has shown me.