Michelle_CardelUAB honored six local women as its Outstanding Women for 2011. Michelle Cardel was named the Outstanding Woman Graduate Student. Cardel received her M.S. in nutrition sciences from UAB in 2009 and is currently pursuing her doctoral in nutrition sciences here. The UAB Women Center and Women's Studies Program present the awards annually during Women's History Month to honor female members of the UAB and Birmingham communities who have mentored or served other women, taken a courageous stance or overcome adversity.

Cardel has been a Trainee in the Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program since 2007 and in 2008 received a supplemental grant from the program. Cardel received the Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award in 2008 and 2009 as well as the Compass Bank Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Education for Community Service and Academic Excellence in 2010. She was also named the UAB School of Health Professions Facebook Student Spotlight in December 2010. 

Combating childhood obesity has been her passion. “Children are still learning dietary habits,” said Michelle. “I felt there was more of an opportunity to make a positive and permanent changes that they could use throughout their life.” Michelle is currently working on several papers that evaluate parental involvement and feeding practices in childhood obesity as well as looking at the effects of school lunch on weight in home-schooled children and traditionally-schooled children.

When she’s not working on her dissertation, Michelle spends her free time as a hospice volunteer which she has done for the last eight years. The most rewarding part is when she brings her dog Lola Bear to visit the patients.