Virtual Internship Program

VIP 2023 has concluded.


The NRI concluded our fourth annual Virtual Internship Program (VIP) in July 2023 with 21 high school students from around the country. This 4-week, online-only program allowed students the opportunity to learn from NRI principal investigators and other research staff, participate in group mentoring sessions, and complete an independent nutrition research project and presentation.

In the fourth week, students presented their papers to their peers and NRI scientists and staff. You’re invited to read their papers in the VIP student journal.

Applications for VIP 2024 will open in February 2024.

The table below reflects 2023’s schedule.

VIP Schedule 2023

Week One

Tuesday, June 20
1 PM - 2:30 PM
Welcome and Orientation
Nutrition 101
Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH
Institute Director, Professor of Nutrition

Jenna Baker
VIP Coordinator

Delisha Stewart, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nutrition
Thursday, June 22
1 PM - 2 PM
Research MethodsMadison Schroder
Research Technician, Sumner Lab

Week Two

Tuesday, June 27
1 PM - 2 PM
Why Nutrition is important to health and wellness across the lifespanCarol Cheatham, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Thursday, June 29
1 PM - 2 PM
Mentoring fundamentals and personal experiencesAngela Clontz,
Graduate Student, Voruganti/Hursting Labs

Week Three

Tuesday, July 11
1 PM - 2 PM
Healthy Hydration: Promote Health and Prevent Chronic DiseaseSaroja Voruganti, PhD
Associate Professor of Nutrition

Baba Mass
Research Associate, Voruganti Lab
Thursday, July 13
1 PM - 2 PM
The Importance of Folate in Promoting Health and Preventing DiseaseNatalia Krupenko, PhD
Associate Professor of Nutrition

Week Four

Tuesday, July 18
1 PM - 2 PM
Career Paths in NutritionHursting Lab
Ximena Bustamante-Marin, Assistant Professor
Melissa VerHague, Lab Manager
Ariana Reid, Research Technician
Walter Friday, Research Specialist
Thursday, July 20
Student PresentationsStudents