College of Allied Health Professions

Outstanding Dietetic Student Award: Sarah Duvall

Award recipient Sarah Duvall with Awards Chair Amy Volkman RD LMNT, and Awards Co-chair Laura Koch RD, LMNT, at the NAND annual meeting

Medical nutrition student Sarah Duvall has won the 2022 Outstanding Dietetics Student Award from the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NAND). Sarah received the award at the annual meeting.

“This is a huge honor, and we are so proud of her,” said program director Corrine Hanson, PhD.

The Outstanding Dietetics Student Award recognizes the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs and encourages their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Sarah is a nutrition student completing her master’s program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Sarah has a Bachelors in Health Promotion from University of Iowa and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness from Northern Illinois University. She has worked at Northwestern Medicine as a nutrition assistant and was a cooking instructor teaching cooking classes for elementary school students. She has extensive volunteer experience and is considered an outstanding student in her Master’s program.

UNMC Assistant Professor Jana Ponce, PhD, said:

“Sarah is emerging as a leader among her peers in the program. She demonstrates exceptional courage with her ability to always be the first to give input, ask questions, or dive in and try a new activity. Her leadership potential has caught the attention of faculty, preceptors, and interdisciplinary teams she has interacted with during her supervised experiential learning rotations. She never shies away from a challenging situation and frequently volunteers to be first in simulation exercises that are often performed with an audience of preceptors and peers.”

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