Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has announced a joint initiative with the American Society for Nutrition Foundation (ASNF) to provide study enrichment for upcoming nutrition professionals.

A press release on the topic says that CRN and ASNF’s Scholars Program (CASP) will provide five ASN student members with educational awards to virtually attend 2021’s ‘Science in Session’ annual event, to be held October 19.

“ASNF is thrilled to partner with CRN to advocate on behalf of nutrition science education,” said Keith Dillon, Chief Engagement Officer and VP, ASNF, in the press release. “As ASN student members represent the future leaders and influencers in nutrition, we welcome new opportunities that encourage and support students seeking further education and careers in this field.”

The symposium features presentations from researchers with expertise in nutrition and medical research. ASN student members will have the opportunity to hear from and engage with experts on the role of nutrition in promoting human health, with an emphasis on dietary supplements and functional food.

CASP awards will be based on students’ educational and career objectives, prior level of involvement in the ASN community, and academic record.

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For the last five years, CRN has provided similar awards for students from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Andrea Wong, Ph.D., SVP, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, CRN, commented on the change: “Partnering with ASNF allows us to invite a broader and more diverse group of students to our annual event. As more Americans continue to rely on registered dietitians or nutritionists as reliable sources of information on dietary supplements, we recognize the importance of increasing access to reputable, educational resources for the future of nutrition professionals.”

This is not CRN’s first time partnering with ASNF: Since 2008, CRN has provided ASNF with annual education awards for nutrition researchers through the Mary Swartz Rose Awards, which are presented to a senior and a young investigator advancing research on essential nutrients and bioactive food components.

To learn more or submit an application,visit ASNF’s website.