Learning Communities

What is a learning community?

A learning community is a group of first-year students who share common interests and who meet regularly to collaborate on classwork and to socialize.

Our department offers 2 learning communities for our treasured students!

1. DIETETICS Learning Community

The Dietetics Learning Community provides dietetics students with the opportunity to have fun, connect with other students interested in the field of nutrition and dietetics and explore the science between food, disease prevention and treatment and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  In this learning community you will participate in a shared classroom through two courses NUTR 10500 and NUTR 10600, meet professionals engaged in different specialties within the field of dietetics, learn about where our food comes from and how the food we consume impacts the environment, our health and well-being. Plus, get to know your peers, faculty and staff through social events throughout the first year.

What kinds of events and activities might you participate in? (Planned events vary from year to year).

  • Visit Eataly, a unique grocery shopping and dining experience (Chicago, IL)
  • Interact with the Purdue Athletic dietitians at a home volleyball game (West Lafayette, IN)
  • Attend a Purdue convocation event
  • Dine with Purdue dietetics faculty and staff to explore the field of dietetics 
  • Interact with Juniors and Seniors in Dietetics
  • Interact with Registered Dietitians from different areas of practice such as sports, extension, metabolic support, food service, long term care, etc.
  • Learn how to build a portfolio
  • Learn about supervised practice and the Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Learn about internship opportunities and how to apply to them
  • Learn how to write a resume and personal statement
  • Learn the benefits of becoming involved in your professional organizations.

See fun activities from previous learning communities:

Dietetics Learning Community Faculty and Staff
Dr. Mridul Datta 
Dr. Katie Hill Gallant
Mrs. Rachel Clark
Mrs. Dinah Dalder
Mrs. Donna Zoss

2. NUTRITION SCIENCE Learning Community

The Science of Nutrition Learning Community provides students with the opportunity to explore the scientific basis that helps us understand the relationships between foods and health.

What kinds of events and activities might you participate in?

  • Behind the scenes tour of animal nutrition at the zoo
  • Visit the Wolf park
  • Attend nutrition research seminars
  • Dine with Purdue Faculty investigating topics in nutrition science
  • Tour the facilities utilized by nutrition science researchers
  • Meet with nutrition science professionals

Why should you join? Would you like to connect with students who are also intrigued by the science of nutrition? The study of nutrition science is a broad field that crosses many disciplines and has far-reaching consequences that affect not only nutritional recommendations, but can improve many aspects of health, and impact the formulation and marketing of foods. In this LC you will participate in shared classrooms in NUTR 105 and 107, interact with active nutrition researchers, and meet professionals with a background in nutrition science, such as medical doctors and food industry specialists to learn how nutrition science influences their daily work. Plus, get to know your peers and faculty through social events throughout the semester.


Nutrition Science Learning Community Faculty

Kim Buhman
Jessica Ellis
Dennis Savaiano

To learn more about these learning communities and other learning communities available at Purdue, access this link to the University Learning Communities home page. Click here to apply for one or more learning communities.

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