The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Outstanding students are selected by the programs.
Abigail M.H. Mallory, MS, RDN, LD – Idaho State University MS-DI
Abigail Mallory grew up in northern Vermont and finished her BA in Environmental Studies in 2004 from Bates College in Maine. After over a decade of organic vegetable farming and cross-country ski coaching experiences, she returned to school to pursue nutrition and dietetics. Abigail fulfilled her DPD coursework with the University of Northern Colorado distance dietetic program. She completed her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship in December 2020 from Idaho State University. Abigail attended her internship rotations in Twin Falls and Ketchum. Her preceptors found Abigail to be a high caliber intern and their comments helped her earn her the outstanding intern award. Faculty input was also clear that Abigail was a pleasure to work with. Her masters capstone project was titled “Connecting Vegetable Preparation Education with Social Support: A Pilot Study of a Vegetable Cooking Class Series at a Community Garden”. With the help of her ISU advisor Dr. Allisha Weeden, Abigail created and ran a vegetable cooking class series at the Bloom Community Farm in Hailey, Idaho. Abigail passed her RD exam in January of this year and has recently begun her new job as a Registered Dietitian at St Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. At St. Luke’s, she will work with inpatient, outpatient and community nutrition programs and she is excited to serve the Wood River Valley community. Abigail lives in Hailey with her husband and 3 year old son.
Anna Shaw – University of Idaho CPD
The University of Idaho Coordinated Program in Dietetics has selected Anna Shaw to receive the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award for 2021. Anna Shaw will graduate from the University of Idaho with a BS in FCS with a Major in Food and Nutrition: Dietetics Option and a minor in Pre-Health in May 2021. Upon graduation she hopes to work for the US Forest Service or the Military. Anna’s interest in working with functionally fit athletes stems from her work as a seasonal wildland fire fighter. During her time at UI she participated in undergraduate research with Dr. Annie Roe studying nutrition knowledge of wildland firefighters. She was also active in the Food and Nutrition Club. Anna excels in all her classes in nutrition and dietetics, regardless of the subject matter. Her professors noted that she is always active and engaged in the classroom. She demonstrates excellent critical thinking skills in her course work and in her supervised practice experiences. Anna is disciplined and has a strong work ethic. She works well with others, as she is incredibly patient and empathetic. Anna Shaw is truly an outstanding dietetics student!
Elisabeth Stephens – Idaho State University DPD
Elisabeth Stephens is originally from Mountain Home, Idaho and will graduate with her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Idaho State University in Summer 2021. Elisabeth will also graduate with an Honors Bachelor of Science as she is completing the Honors Program, a special academic program with focus on interdisciplinary scholarship, intellectual engagement, and citizenship. During her time at Idaho State University, Elisabeth has been active in the Phi Upsilon Honor Society and currently serves as chapter president. In the classroom, Elisabeth has a strong academic presence, takes initiative for her learning, and consistently contributes in meaningful ways. Elisabeth is currently conducting an independent research study looking at food insecurity on campus with the goal of presenting her research at upcoming professional meetings. Elisabeth will begin her dietetic internship and MS degree this fall. As a dietetics professional, Elisabeth would like to serve as an advocate for sustainable practices to assist with increasing food accessibility and reducing food insecurity.