Nutritional sciences faculty member recognized for outstanding mentorship

Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition at Penn State, is the recipient of the 2018 Dannon Institute Mentorship Award from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and its foundation.

This award is given for outstanding mentorship in the development of successful nutritional science investigators.

“It is very humbling to be the recipient of the Dannon Institute Mentorship Award from the American Society for Nutrition and its Foundation,” Kris-Etherton said. “Over my 39-year career at Penn State I have been fortunate to mentor so many talented and dedicated undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.”

“Being a mentor has been very special for me from the perspective of watching mentees’ professional development and career accomplishments,” she continued. “It is deeply rewarding to mentor young professionals who are committed to making the world a better place and by improving health via advances in nutrition sciences. This recognition in a very significant way reflects the success of all of the students and postdocs that I have mentored during my career.”

Awards were presented at Nutrition 2018, ASN’s new flagship meeting being held June 9-12 in Boston. Kris-Etherton was recognized on June 10. 

The ASN aims to bring together the world's top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals. For more information, visit