INP Governance


To strengthen graduate education in nutritional science at Purdue University and to foster interdepartmental and interinstitutional interdisciplinary nutrition research among the participating faculty.


The Interdepartmental Nutrition Graduate Program (INP) is structured to offer excellent educational opportunities to qualified graduate students through an integrated approach involving faculty from a variety of departments at Purdue University and other institutions.  This includes, but is not limited to, the Departments of Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Food Science, Forestry and Natural Resources, Health and Kinesiology, Hotel and Tourism Management, Nutrition Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University.

Goals:  Specific goals of the INP include:

1.  To broaden and enhance graduate student training by: 

a.  providing a core of courses representative of the broader aspects of nutrition represented by INP.
b.  offering the opportunity to broaden and individualize each student's plan of study by drawing from the selection of graduate-level courses from all departments involved in INP.
c.  making interdepartmental faculty guidance in research planning available, encouraging more creative interdisciplinary research.
d.  keeping the students abreast of recent developments in nutritional sciences through an INP seminar which brings leaders in all aspects of the nutritional sciences to campus as well as interdepartmental student seminars, journal clubs, etc.

2. To foster interdepartmental research by:

a.  defining areas in which fundamental or applied research is lacking and focusing on high priority research projects.
b.  encouraging collaborations among members of the various Emphasis Groups.
c.  identifying and employing resources which can be used in cooperative research projects.


Liaison Committee:

Membership:  INP Director (chair) and heads of departments that have three or more faculty participating in INP.

Responsibilities:  Oversight of the operation of INP.  The group will meet yearly in the fall semester. 

Executive Committee:

Membership:  Director plus four representatives, with a maximum of two from any one of the four current Emphasis Groups (i.e. Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition; Human and Clinical Nutrition, Public Health and Nutrition Education; Animal Health, Growth and Development).  Representatives will be elected by INP faculty members.  Members will serve three year terms.  Election will occur by the end of September when needed.

Responsibilities:  Decisions pertaining to the operation of INP, e.g. selection of committee membership, development of program priorities.

Education Committee:

Membership:  Four INP faculty members will be appointed by the Executive Committee for three year terms, with no more than two from each of the Emphasis Groups.  Committee membership will be established by the end of February each year with the term year beginning March 1.  One INP graduate student will be appointed by the Executive Committee for a one year term with the term year beginning March 1.

Responsibilities:  Develop core course requirements, coordinate INP courses and coordinate development of new courses within INP.

Admissions Committee:

Membership:  The INP Director will appoint an Admissions Committee chair who will recruit committee members from the INP faculty membership.  The committee will be structured similar to an NIH review; each committee member will review up to 15 applications and each application will be reviewed by 2-3 committee members.  As a result, the number on the committee will be dependent on the number of applications.

Responsibilities:  The committee will review applications, prioritize applicants based on objective criteria, advise the INP director regarding applicant visits, and advise the INP director regarding admissions and funding decisions.



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