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One factor often appreciated by our graduate and undergraduate students is the close student/faculty relationships. Being a medium-sized university and school allows much camaraderie among the students themselves and with their advisors. In Food Science and Human Nutrition friendships are built. This team attitude and camaraderie are exemplified by faculty and staff with support and encouragement edifying the students allowing for greater success. We have a large graduate student room in Hitchner Hall where students have their own desk and access to the internet from their desk or from a bank of common computers. Common printing capability and telephone access are provided as well. Students often take courses together and interact for studying. Our graduate classes are small (often 10-15 students) which allows for much student/faculty interaction for learning.

The Dietetic Internship Program and student-run clubs (Nutrition Club and Food Science Club) foster strong bonds among our students. Interns constantly interact in common-based campus and community functions and state-based conferences. Food Science Club members belong to the Institute of Food Technology (IFT) and carry out many IFT projects. Money is raised annually so that members can attend national conferences and present research results.

New undergraduate students are first advised by the Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Mona Therrien. In the spring of the students’ first year in the program, they are assigned to a new academic advisor in the concentration. Students may request a different advisor at any time. Undergraduate students meet with their advisors at least once per semester to plan courses for the following semester and as needed for other issues that may arise.

New graduate students are appointed an advisor when they are admitted to the Graduate School. Since many graduate students pursue the thesis option, funding availability may limit the number graduate of students any one faculty member may advise.

Student Clubs
There are two student-run clubs associated with the program in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Membership is open to any interested student. The Nutrition Club is focused on nutrition education and service activities. For more information, please contact club president Matt Tully ( or club advisor Dr. Susan Sullivan at  The Food Science Club is an affiliate of the Institute of Food Technologists’ Student Association.  The club advisor is Dr. Jason Bolton( This year’s Food Science Club president is Courtney McCrodden  The coach for the IFT College Bowl team is Dr. Denise Skonberg ( Many other clubs are active on campus. The First Class system contains links to all student organizations on campus.

Honor Societies
FSN students, undergraduate and graduate, have the opportunity to participate in the honor society affiliated with Food Science and Human Nutrition. Dr. Adrienne White is the advisor for the  Maine Alpha Beta Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu. Monthly meetings are held. Students may invited to join this and other honor societies in the spring, based on their academic records.

Student Employment
Many part-time employment positions are available on campus. We encourage FSN students to inquire about positions, work-study and non-work-study. The Office of Student Employment at UMaine has an online job database. Experience gained in working with faculty on research projects has helped many of our former students secure employment or graduate school admission.