12864The MS/DI Clinical Track is designed to prepare students to practice as competent, professional practitioners. In addition, students gain research skills and ethical values consistent with professional practice. Our students hail from different countries, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. Their unique life experiences create an enriched learning environment that elicits the development of skills and compassion that benefit each other beyond UAB.



Danielle Bowden

Danielle BowdenDanielle Bowden is from a very small farm town in Sherrard, Illinois. She attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, receiving her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences with a focus in Dietetics. Danielle chose UAB because of its “educationally diverse program that provides the opportunity to complete both the clinical internship and the Master’s degree simultaneously at a teaching facility well-known for their dietetic program.”




Carly Chason

Carly ChasonCarly Chason grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia and is a graduate from the University of Georgia. Her advice for any incoming UAB dietetic interns is to “Keep an open mind, although you may already have an idea of the areas of nutrition that you like and dislike, be open to every rotation and be willing to put in the same amount of effort everywhere you go. Also, enjoy Birmingham; there are so many fun things to do in Birmingham, so take advantage.”



May Pendergrass

May PendergrassMay Pendergrass is a recent graduate from UAB’s DI program (June 2015). May came to UAB after receiving her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, although her hometown is Huntsville. “UAB’s dietetic internship gives students the opportunity to rotate through a wide variety of experiences from clinical, wellness and food management that help the students to become well rounded. Experiencing such a wide variety of opportunities in the field of nutrition and dietetics also helped me to narrow down what I would be interested in doing as a dietitian. Through the internship, I really saw myself grow professionally and become more confident in my skills and abilities. The internship also helped me to make network with other dietitians in the Birmingham.”



Mary Claire Shurina

Mary Claire ShurinaMary Claire Shurina is originally from Alpharetta, GA. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. Mary Claire chose UAB for its “stellar reputation particularly in the field of health professions” and she feels extremely honored to have the opportunity to pursue her passion at such an incredible university. Mary Claire’s first dietetic internship rotation was at the Mobile County Health Department alternating between WIC and the Adult Clinic. “It’s an amazing feeling being able to wake up each morning and share my passion of nutrition with clients. I am excited to explore the different fields of dietetics throughout my internship experience and further refine my skills to be the best RD I can be.”