Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Graduates of the ICAN-Reach Lab

Mackenzie Ruppert


Mackenzie Ruppert is a second year graduate student working on her Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition.  She is also starting the dietetic internship this coming January.  Mackenzie’s thesis work is on developing and validating a survey that measures college students’ perceptions on the healthfulness of their college campus, otherwise known as the College Environment Behavioral and Perception Survey (CEBPS).  She is also working on developing and managing a website for a multi-state research group called the HCRC.  Mackenzie is originally from Dodgeville, Wisconsin and moved to Tennessee when she was younger.  She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee.  In her spare time, Mackenzie enjoys reading, running, watching sports, hanging out with her friends, and playing with her nephew.


Kelsey Shanklin 


Kelsey Shanklin is a graduate student seeking a Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition.  Kelsey serves as the Campus Coordinator for the USDA food and fitness research study, iCook 4-H.  She is interested in childhood nutrition education interventions, and hopes to work in public health nutrition.  Kelsey is from Corinth, Mississippi.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion from Mississippi State University.   In her free time, Kelsey enjoys running, hiking, and exploring downtown Knoxville.





Amy Sparks


Amy Sparks is a graduate student in the Nutrition Public Health Department and will be starting the dietetic internship in January 2014.  Amy graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Business in May 2012.  Her thesis is focusing on protein consumption and sources of protein information for college males.  Amy also enjoys shopping, exercising, cooking new recipes, and football games.






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