Organization and Activities
Students are strongly advised to participate in university, college, community and professionally related activities. Participation in a variety of activities and a clear, identified leadership role in one or more groups are an essential part of their preparation as a professional. It will enhance their opportunities for scholarships and awards, placement in dietetic internships and in future employment. Professional experience programs look for students whose activities suggest they are committed to becoming registered and contributing to the profession. Some ideas follow.
- Student Dietetic Association (SDA) - For students to share their ideas and experiences in nutrition and dietetics, to enhance and extend their education in the field, and develop awareness of career opportunities.
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - The Academy has as its' purpose direction and leadership for quality dietetic practice, education and research and to promote optimal health and improve the nutrition of human beings. Dietetics students are encouraged to join the Academy as affiliate members. As a member, students receive the Journal of the Academy, published monthly. Other benefits are described in their membership brochure. Further information may be found on the Academy website; http://www.eatright.org. The current membership cost for students is $49.00/year.
- The State Dietetic Association - Student membership in the national association results in automatic membership in the state association. Students receive a periodic newsletter and are strongly encouraged to be knowledgeable about association issues and concerns. The State Association has an annual meeting and students are encouraged to attend. A discount on the registration fee for this meeting is given to students.
- The Fargo-Moorhead District Dietetic Association - This local association of dietitians usually meets 3-4 times during the school year. Notices of meeting dates/topics/locations will be sent by the Department Administrative Assistant. Students may attend meetings without becoming members. It is advantageous for students to participate, hear issues and content, and to network with dietitians in the area. They may also volunteer to work on a committee.