Michelle CardelMichelle Cardel, a doctoral student in nutrition sciences, has been chosen as a finalist in the Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award. Out of 900 abstracts submitted, Cardel was named as one of the top five finalists.

Cardel received high scores for her abstract, “Greater consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids are related to increased lean mass and decreased total and visceral adiposity in a racially diverse sample of children.”  Her mentor was José Fernandez, Ph.D., associate professor and vice chair for education for the Department of Nutrition Sciences. She will present her oral abstract during The Obesity Society’s Thirtieth Annual Scientific Meeting on September 23, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.


The Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award recognizes excellence in research by a young investigator based on the quality of the submitted abstract. The winner will be announced after all five presentations.


In January, Cardel received the UAB President’s Diversity Graduate Student Award for her commitment and contributions to diversity on campus. Last year, she was named one of UAB’s Outstanding Women. 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.