Study Program: PhD in Behavioral and Community Science at the Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Department, December 2020

I am a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech that expect to graduate in December 2020. During the summer of 2019, I served as a Graduate Research intern at the Virginia Tech-Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. I earned my MSc degree in Nutrition Sciences from the School of Public Health in Mexico and completed an internship at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity in New Haven, Connecticut. I graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City in May of 2012 with a B.A. in Nutrition and food science. I joined the WGD team since August 2018 and will keep serve as a Graduate Assistant till May 2020.

 What will you do as a Graduate Research Assistant with the WGD Program?

I am primarily working directly for Dr. Maria Elisa Christie, the Director of Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED). As part of my responsibilities, I support organization of CIRED’s WGD Discussion Series and WGD conference, assist with integration of gender into research for development proposals and projects. This work involves research and writing support for funding proposals and research papers, analyzing data, collecting literature, preparing materials and providing support for workshops and other events of the WGD center.

What are your plans at Virginia Tech and beyond?

During the next academic year, I will be working towards completing my data collection to finish my PhD in Behavioral and Community Science at the Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise program. After graduation, I am hoping to get a position in an International Nongovernmental Organization focused on food, nutrition and public health policies to apply the gained knowledge and skills from the PhD as a professional researcher.