Students in Nutrition Movement

The Students in Nutrition Movement was officially launched at the Nutrition Student Summit as part of the ACN's annual conference in San Diego on November 8, 2016. The excitement was shared by 87 students who attended the conference, along with a number of mentors and nutritional professionals.  

The goal of the Students in Nutrition Movement is to connect you with other students across the country who share your excitement about integrating nutrition in their healthcare education. It is also to connect you with seasoned professional ACN members, such as those in clinical practice, education, research or industry. Creating this community will prove to be a vital step in your own career path and in the future of the nutrition profession.

The first step is to join the American College of Nutrition (ACN) as a Student Member.

There are many reasons students should join the ACN including:

  • Hard copy and online subscription to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (JACN)
  • Conference discounts
  • Access to previous conference recordings
  • Continuing medical education
  • Publishing opportunities in the JACN
  • Presenting and media opportunities
  • Scholarship and awards eligibility
  • Networking opportunities

NEW for 2017: Mentorship program connecting you to experienced professionals in clinical practice, education, industry and research

New for 2017: Private Facebook page for student members of the ACN to connect with each other, share ideas, learn from each other and more.

Mentorship Program: New in 2017!
The first step in creating the Students in Nutrition Movement was setting up a core group of students, known as Campus Captains. These captains work with their schools to educate fellow classmates about the benefits of the ACN. Our campus captains have identified mentorship as the number one priority, thus, we have worked with them to form the ACN Mentorship Program.  

As a student member of the ACN, you will have access to a group  of mentors with varied backgrounds, including those in clinical practice, research, education and industry. You will have a variety of options for working with a mentor, including phone mentoring, in person mentoring, internships, research opportunities and earning supervised hours toward your Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential.

The list of our mentors will be available through the ACN website in spring 2017 and will be updated monthly.

This is just the beginning. We want to hear from you, our students. Tell us how the Students in Nutrition movement can benefit you and your future career.

How can you get involved?
We are looking for your help to further shape the movement to suit your career goals.  

  1. We value your input and look forward to your suggestions! Complete this short survey to make your voice heard.
  2. Join the Students in Nutrition Movement Facebook group for the most up-to-date news and information regarding the movement. This group is exclusively for ACN student members.
  3. Tell your classmates about the Students in Nutrition Movement and encourage them to join the ACN to help grow and connect like-minded individuals who will help shape the future of the nutrition profession.
  4. Plan to attend the 2017 ACN annual conference and Nutrition Pro 2017, Disrupting Cancer: The Role of Personalized Nutrition, November 8-11, 2017, in Alexandria, VA.
  5. Submit an abstract presentation (oral or poster) for the 2017 conference.
  6. Apply for scholarships and awards to attend the conference.
  7. Submit your research to the JACN
  8. Tell your professors about the Students in Nutrition Movement so they can support you and your future career by sharing this group with other students or helping you to hold on campus activities, as an example.
  9. Take advantage of each of your ACN member benefits.