Our Students

Diet is a powerful tool that can improve and even prevent chronic conditions that plague our nation, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and cancer. Improving health through nutrition involves exciting research that spans from the cell to the community. Nutrition is a multidisciplinary field, involving biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, genetics, epigenetics, epidemiology, sociology, public health, policy, exercise, food science, and medical nutrition therapy. The Nutrition and Foods program at Texas State provides state-of-the-science education and training opportunities focused on1) the efficacy of specific nutrients and whole foods-based diets in the promotion of health and treatment of chronic diseases, and 2) promotion of healthy dietary patterns across the life course among diverse individuals and families, with the goal of fostering health equity.

Shemar Hawkins

Shemar's biggest accomplishments in the program so far have been building lasting relationships with professionals and peers, becoming the president of an Honor Society Phi U within FCS, and being asked to be a UGIA for 2 semesters.

His future plans include going to graduate school for Public Health with an emphasis on nutrition from a cultural lens. Shemar also wants to become an RD someday and he wants to work within a fitness facility that is owned and managed by himself and his older brother.

shemar hawkins

Nicole BlackBurn

Nicole is the 2021-2022 President of the Student Nutrition Organization (SNO).

"My favorite thing about the Nutrition program is the community. I love the diversity of students in this program, the degree itself is versatile therefore I have met many classmates who all have different food-related passions and goals, it is inspiring."

Nicole Blackburn

Keyana Burkley

"My favorite things about this program are the teachers and friendships that I have made along the way. The faculty here teaches with so much passion and care. Not only do they provide us with a great knowledgeable foundation, but they go above and beyond to empathize and understand their students' needs."

Keyana Burkley