Impact Stories: Franciel Dawes

Dear Friedman School Donors,

Franciel2My name is Franciel Dawes and I’m a first-year student in the combined Master of Science/Dietetic Internship program at the Friedman School and Frances Stern Nutrition Center. Ever since my senior year in high school I knew I wanted to work for the USDA in Washington DC.  I pursued that goal at Texas A&M University where I earned degrees in food science and technology and also in nutritional sciences. During my time in college I was fortunate to intern at the USDA, in the Food and Nutrition Service for three summers, but as I finished my undergraduate studies, I knew I wanted to continue my nutrition education. As I researched combined masters/dietetic internships  programs, I came across Tufts and the Friedman School. The moment I mentioned Tufts to my supervisors and mentors they couldn’t stop singing praises about the stellar education and opportunities I would receive at the Friedman School.  

Browsing the Friedman School website last year, I saw there was a networking event in Washington DC for students and alumni. Sean Devendorf, director of annual giving and alumni relations, was more than happy to welcome me as a potential Friedman student and invited me to network with current students and alumni. Everyone made me feel included and was ready to answer any questions I had about the school they loved. That same summer, my mentor arranged for me to meet the director of the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center and the Friedman School, Dr. Johanna Dwyer.  She took time out of her busy schedule to have dinner with me, explain the internship program, and discuss her career path. These positive experiences sealed my decision to put Tufts as my first choice for the dietetic internship matching process.

Fast forward a year and a half and I am a first year master’s student at my dream school, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a dietetic intern at The Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center. My educational experience here has been greatly enhanced by the multitude of people with unique backgrounds that I interact with in and outside of class. Faculty and students share the goals of Franciel 1delivering sound food and nutrition information to the world, working with communities to promote positive health outcomes, and ensuring sustainable food systems succeed.

After graduation I hope to share my knowledge and continue my commitment to influencing the nutrition status of this country through work with the USDA and other organizations. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity to further my education at this world class university, and I have the many generous donors to thank for all their support! I am looking forward to the future when it’s my turn to give back and have a positive impact on the life of a student who wants to have a positive impact on the world.


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