Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Undergraduate Nutrition Student Association

UNSA is an active organization of students majoring and minoring in Nutrition. They meet monthly September through November and January through April, with officers elected in March of each year. Becoming involved in this group is a great way to get to know your fellow students better AND to gain leadership and nutrition-related volunteer experience important to a successful dietetic internship application. You can run for office, chair a committee, volunteer for a committee, or simply take advantage of opportunities to participate in the group’s activities. In recent years, UNSA members have been involved in various community service activities with organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Boys and Girls Club, participated in health fairs, and have given various nutrition presentations to campus and community groups.


Dietetic Internship Forum. Each November, UNSA hosts a forum for dietetic internship directors. In recent years, directors or representatives have attended from UT Knoxville, East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the U.S. Army, UT-Martin, The University of Florida, University of Virginia Health Systems, the University of Kentucky,  the University of Kentucky Hospital, Murray State University, Western Kentucky University, Georgia Southern University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Meredith College, Oakwood University, Appalachian State University, Auburn University, Gulf Coast, National Healthcare Corporation, Samford University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and the University of Southern Mississippi as well as others.  We also invite faculty and students from Carson Newman University, UT- Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech, and ETSU as well as other nearby undergraduate Didactic Programs in Dietetics, resulting in consistent attendance of 80 or more students annually.   It is a wonderful opportunity for students to hear about various dietetic internship programs and talk one-on-one with program representatives.

November 15, 2018 Forum
Forum Handout I       Forum Handout II
Forum Flyer

Join now! Checks written to the Nutrition Student Association in the amount of $10 can be sent to or dropped off in the UNSA mailbox in the Jessie Harris Building, Room 229.

Keep up to date on UNSA activities! Go to and join UNSA  OR contact the president or faculty advisor to be added to our CollegiateLink email list.

2017–18 Officers
President:    Sara Farmer
Vice President:  Alexandra Nussbaumer
Secretary:   Taylor Call
Treasurer:   Ethan Schaltegger


Faculty AdvisorDr. Melissa Hansen-Petrik

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