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 will open January 14, 2019. Materials for the awards listed below must be submitted by March 31st. The Dietetic Internship/Pre-Professional Scholarship application deadline is April 15th. If you have questions about the online application process, please contact us.
    2018 Award Winners

PNPG Grants and Awards

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 2018-2019 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 2018-19.  The amount of the scholarship is $500.  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. Applications for this scholarship must be submitted by March 31st. Click here to submit an application.

Grant and Award Recipients

Outstanding Member of the Year

PNPG is proud to announce our 2018 Outstanding Member of the Year, Patricia Becker, MS, RDN, CSP, LD, CNSC. Patricia has been leading and supporting pediatric dietitians for most of her professional life in her position as the Pediatric Nutrition Specialist at Dayton Children’s Hospital, as a pediatric nutrition expert in eating disorders and pediatric malnutrition through, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Cincinnati. She is a dedicated Academy leader and has served as the Chair of the Evidence Analysis Library Pediatric Screening Project for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process and Terminology Committee, and in numerous roles for PNPG including chair-elect, chair, and chair of the malnutrition committee. Congratulations Patricia and thank you for all of your dedication and service to pediatric nutrition!

Published Research Award

Congratulations to Susan M. Gross, PhD, MPH, RD for receiving the Published Research Award for her publication “Integrating Obstetrical Care and WIC Nutritional Services to Address Maternal Obesity and Postpartum Weight Retention". The pilot study, recently published in Journal of Maternal and Child Health, addressed maternal obesity, peri-conception health and postpartum weight retention. A key finding was that an integrated Women Infants and Children (WIC) program and obstetrical service model was feasible and could limit postpartum weight retention in obese women. Kudos to Susan for undertaking and publishing this important work!

Creative Nutrition Education Award

Ruth Williams-Hooker MS, RD, CSP, LD will be leading a team at the University of Memphis to test a Mobile Grocery Store (MSG) that she developed in previous work. The MSG is used to educate the public, particularly African Americans and those unable to attend grocery store tours, on healthy eating habits and how to effectively shop for groceries. The MGS will be transported to locations convenient to the public such as schools, senior citizen housing, and community centers. Tables will be set up like aisles in a grocery store with food items distributed accordingly. Participants will complete pre- and post-test measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the MSG. Congratulations Ruth!

Pre-Professional Practice Scholarship

PNPG is proud to announce that the Pre-Professional Practice Scholarship was awarded to Irma Madrigal Campos. Irma graduated from California State University with a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences-Nutrition and Dietetics in May 2016 and will be completing a Dietetic Internship Program from the University of Northern Colorado in June 2018. Irma has multiple pediatric nutrition practice experiences, including having worked as a Dietetic Technician at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, a Health Educator and Nutrition Specialist at Gasol Foundation US, and at the Pasadena WIC Program in the Pasadena Health Department. She is an active member of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND) and the Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition (LAHIDAN). Irma has served as a volunteer with the California Hospital Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is interested in pursuing a career as a pediatric dietitian. Congratulations Irma!

Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to Deborah Salvatore for receiving the Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship. Deborah has been a registered dietitian for 10 years. She has an Associate degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, a Bachelors and Masters in Nutrition from The Sage Colleges and is currently working on her Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University. Deborah worked as an outpatient clinical dietitian with a Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Division and Cystic Fibrosis Center for 5 years and for the last 3 years has been working with pediatrician offices. She works with children and their families who have various nutritional issues including failure to thrive, overweight/obesity, constipation, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food allergies, cystic fibrosis, tube feedings and more. In addition to her clinical duties, Deborah is an adjunct professor for Suffolk Community College’s Dietetic Technician program and has taught graduate classes at Long Island University Post.  Congratulations Deborah!


Past PNPG's Recipients of Grants and Awards

Outstanding Member of the Year

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

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

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, RD and Beth Ogata, MS, RD

2012      Kristine Jordan, PhD, RD

  Ruth 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

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

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 with corrections/additions.