Education Mission Accomplishments

Michelle-Diversity_Award-02Congratulations to PhD student Michelle Cardel and her mentor, Dr. José Fernández. Cardel is the winner of the 2012 UAB President's Diversity Graduate Student Award for her exemplary love of community service. This annual award recognizes significant achievements of full-time faculty, staff and students toward developing a more culturally diverse, competent and inclusive university community.

Throughout her time at UAB, Cardel has been involved in various community service endeavors. She has been a Hospice volunteer for the last eight years, providing respite care for caregivers of terminally ill patients. She often describes that she feels “honored to be able to be with her patients and their families during one of the most intimate times in human life.” She looks forward to her weekly visits, often bringing her puppy, Lola Bear, to visit with her patients. Cardel's work with inner-city children at the Jones Valley Urban Farm: Seed 2 Plate project has provided her with a firsthand look at the serious and pervasive condition of malnutrition and poor nutrition in our communities. She also regularly volunteers to provide and serve meals to the Birmingham homeless in the Firehouse Shelter.

Congratulations to the following Department of Nutrition Sciences students for their recent awards and contributions:

  • Mandeep Virk-Baker - 2011-2012 Howerde E Sauberllch Award for Excellence in Research for a PhD Student in Nutrition Sciences. Mandeep has also been accepted to the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
  • Amy Ellis - 2011-2012 Howerde E Sauberllch Award for Excellence in Research for a PhD Student in Nutrition Sciences.

  • Yishu Ding - 2011-2012 Howerde E Sauberlich Award for Excellence in Research for a Masters student in Nutrition Sciences.

  • Melanie Jones - Rebecca L. Bradley Endowed Scholarship.

  • Stephen Dupont - Carol Brewster Craig Endowed Scholarship.

  • Sheryl D. Mims - Carol Brewster Craig Endowed Scholarship.

  • Jessika L. Anderson - Carol Brewster Craig Endowed Scholarship.