Darci is a senior dietetics major, originally from Greenville, Kentucky. She is in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and will be starting her dietetic internship in January 2019.

Darci volunteers weekly with the Campus Kitchens project and the new Farm to Fork program. As well, she has served as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Dawn Brewer, helping with NIH grant porgrams in Eastern Kentucky. 

Why did you choose to study dietetics? 

I was a sophomore in college when I began my own personal journey towards a healthier diet, and began to eat my fruits and vegetables. Around the same time, I was trying to decide on my major. I knew I wanted to pursue a career that combined business, chemistry, biology, and people, so dietetics seemed like a great fit. I switched majors my junior year, and I've never regretted my decision to major in dietetics! 

What is your favorite part of studying dietetics at UK? 

I love having a mix of science and hands on classes. It makes every day different and exciting! 

What are your professional goals and plans after graduation? 

I am in the Coordinated Program, so I will be starting my dietetic internship in January of 2019 with rotations in Owensboro, Madisonville, and Elizabethown, Kentucky. After the internship, I plan to take my RD exam then go on immediately to graduate school to pursue an MPH in Global Health. I have studied both Japanese and Chinese during my time at UK, and plan to work in east Asia as a public health educator in the future.

What organizations have you participated in as an undergraduate student?

I am a member of several professional organizations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Public Health Association
  • Kentucky Public Health Association 

I volunteer weekly with the Campus Kitchens and the new Farm to Fork program. This semester, I am serving as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Dawn Brewer, helping with data collection and entry for NIH grant programs in Whitesburg and Harlan, Kentucky. I have even traveled to eastern Kentucky and helped run lipid panels on members of her study.

Outside of dietetics, I have a minor in music performance and have participated in UK Bands all 5 years I have been on campus. I am also past-president of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Service Sorority.

In my free time, I pursue hobbies such as reading, writing, cooking, gaming, and talking with language conversation partners. Recently, I began learning figure skating from a local coach.