Brookings Registry | SDSU Graduate Student Wins American Society of Nutrition Award
BROOKINGS — Samitinjaya Dhakal, a graduate student from South Dakota State University, recently won the American Society of Nutrition’s Graduate Student Research Award competition. This award is the highest honor possible for graduate students pursuing research in the discipline of nutritional science.
Dhakal’s project, titled “Impact of protein sources in an omnivorous diet based on guidelines on circulating metabolites of biogenic amines: a randomized controlled-feeding trial,” was chosen from 216 applicants. Students were assessed on their research concept, experimental design, data analysis, quality of conclusions drawn and communication skills by a panel of experts including Paul Coates, ASN President and former Director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. .
“Scientific research endeavors are extremely rewarding,” Dhakal said. “Having the opportunity to present our work in front of leading scientists, get their valuable suggestions, and being recognized as the best work by a panel of experts motivated me to pursue a career in academia and research.
ASN is the preeminent professional organization for nutrition scientists and clinicians worldwide. Founded in 1928, the society brings together top nutrition researchers, physicians, policy makers and industry leaders to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition.
Dhakal was also a finalist in the Emerging Leaders in Nutritional Science Abstract Recognition Program, which recognizes the highest quality of research conducted by students and young investigators. Over 700 abstracts were submitted by students and postdoctoral fellows. The Emerging Leaders in Nutritional Science Abstract Recognition Awards program recognizes the top 15% of abstracts. Abstracts were reviewed by over 400 nutrition scientists.
“Through this program, the American Society for Nutrition celebrates the accomplishments of our rising stars,” Coates said. “The society looks forward to seeing their future contributions to advancing our understanding of the science and practice of nutrition.”
Dhakal, originally from Nepal, is pursuing his doctorate in nutritional sciences and is being mentored by Professor Moul Dey.