PNPG Grants and Awards

Each year PNPG recognizes the outstanding practice and significant contributions its members make toward promotion of pediatric dietitians.

To nominate a fellow PNPG member, please review the following criteria and complete the application.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Materials for the awards listed below must be submitted by March 15th. (Dietetic Internship/Pre-Professional Scholarship deadline April 15th). If you have any questions, please contact the PNPG Grants & Awards Committee Chair at pnpgawards@gmail.com.

 

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2020 Award Winners

Outstanding Member of the Year

The Outstanding Member of the Year recognizes outstanding leadership contributions to pediatric nutrition and/or maternal and child health. The following are criteria for award selection: (1) PNPG membership for three or more years, and (2) outstanding service, accomplishments, and community outreach in pediatric nutrition or maternal and child health as exemplified by research, publication, or conceptual development. Nominate a deserving colleague for this award. The nomination should include a cover letter stating why the person is deserving of the award and curriculum vitae or resume that outline the nominee’s accomplishments and commitment to pediatric nutrition.  The recipient will receive $1,200 to attend a pediatric nutrition conference and be recognized at the PNPG member meeting at FNCE. Click here to submit an application.

Published Research Award

The award recognized outstanding research in pediatric nutrition and/or maternal and child health by a PNPG member published in a peer-reviewed journal. Selection criteria are as follows: (1) PNPG membership for at least two years, (2) being first author or having a primary role in the research and manuscript development of a publication describing research applied to pediatric nutrition and/or maternal and child health, and (3) publication in a peer-reviewed journal during the previous calendar year. The recipient will receive $500 and be recognized during the PNPG member meeting at FNCE. Click here to submit an application.

Research Grant Award

The PNPG Research Grant award will provide $10,000 to support research in the area of pediatric nutrition and encourage PNPG members to pursue research within their institutions. To be eligible for the grant, at least one of the investigators must be a member of PNPG. The project must be completed within one year of the award, and any manuscripts or materials resulting from the supported research will credit PNPG with the support provided. Members without research experience are encouraged to apply and receive mentoring through the PNPG Research Mentoring Committee. The funded project must be reviewed by an Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (if appropriate) or granted exempt status before funds will be distributed. Click here to submit an application.

Creative Nutrition Education Award

Eligibility criteria for this award are as follow: (1) applicants must be PNPG members for at least two years prior to applying; 2) the educational approach is used in the practice where the applicant is affiliated, (3) applicants may not win the award more than once in a three year period; and (4) a commercial firm or a national organization may not have developed the education approach. To be considered for the award, the applicant should prepare a summary or outline of no more than two typewritten pages describing the project (objective, methods, budget, and effectiveness/evaluation). Applicants will be considered for this award based on originality, appropriateness, quality of content, pediatric nutrition application, effectiveness, learner participation, and aesthetics and technical quality (for tools only). Click here to submit an application.

New - Recognized Neonatal RDN Award

The Recognized Neonatal RDN Award recognizes clinical, research, education, and service contributions to the area of neonatal nutrition. The following are criteria for award selection: (1) Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (2) Employment in a level 3 or 4 NICU setting equivalent to >10,000 hours. (3) PNPG member for at least program year of nomination. Prior recipients of this award are not eligible to apply. Nominate a deserving colleague for this award. The nomination should include a curriculum vitae or resume of the person you are nominating that outlines their accomplishments and commitment to neonatal nutrition. Nomination must also include a letter of sponsorship from the nominee’s institution from an RDN or professional contact outside the field of dietetics which includes specific examples of the nominee’s accomplishments. Self nominations are accepted. The recipient will receive a $500 award and will also receive reimbursement for up to $1,000 expense to attend FNCE, where he/she will be recognized at the annual PNPG Member Breakfast Meeting. Click here to submit an application.

Dietetic Internship/Pre-Professional Scholarship

PNPG is again proud to offer the Dietetic Internship/Pre-Professional Scholarship to current members who are enrolled in CADE-accredited internships or pre-professional practice programs. The scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year is for those intending to pursue a career in pediatric nutrition after completion of their current training program, in the academic year of 2020-2021. The amount of the scholarship is $1000. Qualifications: (1) Intent to pursue a career in pediatric nutrition after completion of the current program; (2) Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. Preference will be given to a candidate with pediatric experience. Click here to submit an application.


Grant and Award Recipients

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2020 Award Winners

Outstanding Member Award:

PNPG is proud to announce our 2020 Outstanding Member of the Year, Dr. Lori Bechard, PhD, MEd, RDN. Dr. Bechard is an accomplished leader of pediatric nutrition, having held a variety of pediatrics-related teaching positions at Boston Children's Hospital, Northeastern University, Harvard Medical School, Rutgers University, and Framingham State College, as well as working in clinical, research, and administrative capacities.  She has 44 peer-reviewed publications and has a distinguished record of service to PNPG, holding positions such as Treasurer, Communications Chair, Editor of the Building Block for Life, Grants and Awards Chair, and Chair. Dr. Bechard’s work to improve the care of critically ill children on mechanical ventilation through her research related to the FITS study and protein-energy needs in this population has been invaluable to pediatric dietitians engaged in the care of these patients. Thank you, Lori, for all you have done for our profession and DPG; kudos to you!

Published Research Award:

Congratulations to Kristi Thaete, MS, RD, LD, CNSC for receiving the Published Research Award for her publication entitled “User-Informed Medical Device Development: A Case Study for Pediatric Malnutrition Assessment.” The study evaluated an innovative way to measure mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) by creating a MUAC z-score tape capable of measuring MUAC and estimating the z-score range of any child. This MUAC has become a standard of care at Kristi’s facility, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and her award-winning publication will facilitate the adoption of this practice to other facilities. Kudos to Kristi and her co-authors for evaluating an evidence-based method to implement the consensus guidelines for classifying and documenting pediatric malnutrition!

Research Grant Award:

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Garis Harshman, PhD, RD, LD, who was selected to receive the PNPG Research Grant Award for her project entitled, “The role of the microbiome in infant weight gain and risk of obesity.” Dr. Harshman will be investigating the relationship between the infant microbiome and rapid weight gain until 6 months of age using a longitudinal birth cohort of mother-infant dyads. This research will allow better understanding of the role of the microbiome in early life and the risk of overweight/obesity in childhood. Dr. Harshman is currently a Research Fellow at Massachusettes General Hospital and has 10 peer-reviewed publications. We congratulate Stephanie and look forward to seeing the results of her study!

Pre-Professional Scholarship:

Congratulations to Gale Nelson for her selection as the 2020 PNPG Pre-Professional Practice Scholarship recipient! Gale graduated with a BS in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University in May 2020, and she will begin the combined DI/Master’s program in Human Nutrition at Texas State University in 2020-21. Gale has had a variety of nutrition-related experiences, including working as a Summer Nutrition and Culinary Camp Coordinator and Fit 2 Lead Nutrition Camp Team Leader. After graduation, Gale intends on pursuing a career in clinical dietetics and becoming a board-certified specialist in pediatric nutrition. We congratulate Gale and wish her all the best in her graduate studies!

Recognized Neonatal RDN Award:

Congratulations to Dena L Goldberg, PhD, RD, our 2020 recipient of PNPG’s Recognized Neonatal RDN Award. Dr. Goldberg has had a long, illustrious career in pediatric nutrition but has focused her vast clinical skillset and talents on neonatal nutrition since 2004. She has 20 peer-reviewed publications, including “Identifying malnutrition in the preterm and neonatal population: Recommended indicators” which was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2018. Dr. Goldberg mentors dietetic interns and contributes to training pediatric residents and pharmacy students. She has served in a variety of leadership and volunteer service positions, including PNPG Advisor, Chair of the Neonatal Malnutrition Workgroup for PNPG, Co-Chair of PNPG’s Infant Nutrition, Breastfeeding and Neonatology Specialty Group, and serving as a mentor in the PNPG Mentoring Program. Congratulations Dena, and thank you for all of your dedication and service to neonatal and pediatric nutrition!


Past PNPG's Recipients of Grants and Awards

Outstanding Member of the Year

2020

Dr. Lori Bechard, PhD, MEd, RDN

2019

Holly A. Van Poots, RDN, CSP, FAND

2018

Patricia Becker, MS, RDN, CSP, LD, CNSC

2017

Susan Konek, MA, RD, CSP, LD,  FAND

2016

Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, CLC, FAND

2015

Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, PhD, RDN

2014

Liesje Carney, RD, CSP, LDN

2013

Beverly Henry, PhD, RD

2012

Mimi Kaufman, MPH, RD, LD

2011

Deb Hutsler, MS, RD, LD

2010

Aida Miles, MMSc, RD, CSP, LD, CNSD

2009

Virginia H. Carney, RD, LD, IBCLC

2008

Nancy Nevin-Folino, MEd, RD, CSP, LD, FADA

2007

Josephine Cialone, MS, RD

2006

Robyn Wong, MPH, RD, CSP

2005

Ellen Bowser, MS, RD, CSP, LD, RN

2004

Leila T. Beker, PhD, RD, LD

2003

Sandra T. Robbins, RD, CSP, LDN

1998

Barbara Emison Gaffield, MS, RD

Published Research Award

2020

Kristi Thaete, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

2018

Susan M. Gross, PhD, MPH, RD

2017

Jennifer Carvalho-Salemi, MPH, RDN, LD, CNSC

2016

Kayla Bridges, MS, RD-AP, CSP, CNSC, FAND

2015

Diane Stadler, PhD, RDN

2014

Constantina Papoutsakis, PhD, RD

2013

Shelby Wilson, MPH

2012

Teresa Johnson, DCN, RD, LD

2011

Irene E. Olsen Shingara, PhD, RD, LD

2010

Sandy Van Calcar, PhD, RD

"Articles of Distinction" Recognition given to:

Susan M. Gross, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN
Amy K. Resnik, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, LDN
Irene E. Olsen Shingara, PhD, RD, LDN
Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH, RD

2008

Christine M. Hardy Framson, PhD, RD

2007

Constantina Papoutsakis, PhD, RD

2006

Lynn S. Brann, PhD, RD

2005

Peggy Papathakis, MS, RD

2004

Barb Kuzma O'Reilly, MA, RD, LD

1998

Leila Beker

Research Grant Award

2020

Dr. Stephanie Garis Harshman, PhD, RD, LDd

2019

Dr. Sina Gallo, PhD, RD

2017

Natasha Chong Cole, MPH, RD

Joyanna Hansen, PhD, RD, LD

Nida I. Shaikh, PhD, RD

Diane Vizthum, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

2015

Dena Herman Mendes, PhD, RDN

2014

Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

2013

Melissa Edwards, RDBeth Ogata, MS, RD

2012

Kristine Jordan, PhD, RDRuth Williams, EdD, MS, RD

2011

Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

2008

Patricia A. Esposito, MS, RD, CDN, CNSD

2006

Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

2004

Cheryl S. Lair, RD, CSP, LD, CNSD

Recognized Neonatal RDN Award

2020

Dena L. Goldberg, PhD, RD

2019

Amy Sapsford, RD, CSP, LD, CNSC

Creative Nutrition Education Award

2018

Ruth Williams-Hooker MS, RD, CSP, LD

2017

Amy E. Reed, MS, RD, CSP, LD

2014

Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA

2013

Teresie Mosby, EdD, RD, CSP, LDN, IBCLC

2012

Mary Barnes, MS, RD

2011

Melissa Pflugh Prescott, MS, RD, CDN

2009

Barbara Baron, MS, RD, CDN

2008

Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA

2007

Verna Baker, MS, RD, LD

2005

Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA

2004

Beth Zupic-Kania, RD, CD

2003

Cathy McCarroll, MPH, RD, LD

Dietetic Internship/Pre-professional Scholarship

2020

Gale Nelson

2019

Simona Lourekas, CHES, MS

2018

Irma Madrigal Campos

2017

Nichole Bencie

2016

Ashley Hobar

2015

Kaitlyn Elizabeth Philipps

2014

Perrin Tamblyn

2012

Lindsay Raub

2010

Deonna Hughes

2009

Deonna Hughes

2008

Lauren Rose Cavanaugh June

2007

Alizabeth Neu, BS

2006

Jennifer Jerles, BS

2005

Aimee Morin, BS, BA

2004

Melissa Metz, BS

2003

Jennifer Bott, BS

ADA/ANDF Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship

(awarded in spring for next academic year)

2016

Deborah E Salvatore, MS, CDN

2015

Rachael Patusco, MS, RD, CSP

2014

Rosanna P. Watowicz

2013

Beth Conlon, MS, RD

2012

Lori Bechard, MEd, RD, LDN

2011

Meredith M. Bruening, MPH, RD

2010

Meredith M. Bruening, MPH, RD

2009

Chandra D. Hughes

2008

Brittani R. Padellford

2007

Jillian B. Cooper

2006

Katherine J. Irwin

2005

Shira B. Feldman, RD

2004

Michelle P. Judge, RD

2002

Keecha Harris, DRPH

2001

Lynn Brann, PhD, RD, FAND

1999

Ruth Williams-Hooker, MS, RD, FAND

1998

Melanie Desapri, MS, RD, LD, CNSD

1996

Sharon Groh-Wargo, RD

1994

Pamela T. Price, MS, RD

1993

Rebecca L. Biga, MS, RD

1992

Elizabeth Adams, PhD

1990

Rachel Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD

1989

Linda Nebeling, PhD, MPH, RD, FADA, FAND

1988

Maureen Murtaugh, PhD, RDN

1987

Colleen Mathews, RD

     

     

     

Note: members whose names vary from Academy and PNPG membership information may have been unintentionally excluded from this list. If you have historical knowledge of past PNPG grant and award winners, please contact the Website Monitor at inquiriespnpg@gmail.com with corrections/additions.