Brescia student wins Morgan award

June 11, 2012

London, ON – Brescia University College MScFN student, Shannon Richter, was awarded the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research (CFDR)’s prestigious Morgan award for the Central and Southern Ontario Region at the Dietitians of Canada national conference this May. This award is presented in recognition of individual personal achievement of a dietetic intern or practicum student for their research project.

“The Morgan Awards program is CFDR’s way of recognizing passion for research in the dietetic researchers of the future.  Shannon’s application was very strong, and we’re pleased to present her with this award,” said Isla Horvath, Executive Director for the CFDR.

Richter recently graduated from the Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition (Internship Stream) program at Brescia University College, where her research project was supervised by Dr. Paula Dworatzek, Assistant Professor in the Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph. During her time at Brescia, Richter was involved in research that tested and produced a new training method for the direct, accurate observation of packed lunches. Tasks involved training, organizing, and mentoring upper-year undergraduate nutrition students to observe and accurately record children’s eating practices. Richter has had a keen interest in pediatrics, as seen in her many instances of volunteering with children and experience in her practicum and internship placements. Sharing an enthusiasm and concern regarding the current dietary intake of children, childhood obesity, and the future health of children has allowed her to appreciate the vital roles inquiry and research play in dietetic practice. Her passion for research started at a young age, when Richter worked in the summer months as an assistant research technician in the agricultural sector. Participating in a research project has truly heightened her interest in pursuing future research within another degree or within the workforce.

“I am extremely honoured to receive this prestigious award. Receiving this award added to the many rewards throughout my two-year long research experience,” said Richter.

Anyone who was a dietetic intern or a practicum student in a Dietitians of Canada (DC) accredited program in the year preceding the date of application is eligible. CFDR created the Morgan Medal award in memory of Susan Morgan, CFDR’s manager from 1999 to 2005. The annual award is presented to an outstanding dietetic intern or student to foster and mentor these young researchers, a value Susan strongly supported.

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