Dear Friedman School Donors,
Thank you for your generous donations that have translated into opportunities for Friedman School students like me. I am a first-year doctoral student in the Nutritional Epidemiology program with aspirations of a career in research and academia. Without your help, I would not have this amazing opportunity to be part of such a prestigious nutrition program.
As a registered dietitian, I have always been interested in evidence-based practice. The Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter was always a great resource for concise, up-to-date information, and it sparked my interest in Tufts University – it was not long before I realized Tufts’ prestige in the nutrition world. Although clinical dietetics was a fulfilling career, I always knew I was going to attend graduate school because of my interest in research and teaching. Because I wanted to explore prevention and interventions at the population level, I decided to complete my Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology. Then, for my doctoral studies, I wanted to combine both my undergraduate and graduate degrees and was delighted to find the Nutritional Epidemiology PhD program at the Friedman School – it is a perfect marriage of my two passions.
Prior to studying at the Friedman School, I had only dabbled in research. Now, I am working on various vitamin D research projects in the Bone Metabolism Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to work with such a talented team of researchers. In addition, I will be a teaching assistant for a nutrition course next semester. The Friedman School at Tufts is proving to be the perfect place for me, and a huge part of why I am able to be here is thanks to donors like you.
Anna Chew, MPH, RD
Nutritional Epidemiology PhD Candidate
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy