Bridge Scholars Program

Bridge Scholars Program

Bridge Scholars Program

Bridging Disease Prevention Through Nutrition-Focused Education in Community Clinics

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Application Information

Apply Here! (Deadline extended to March 29, 2024)

•Submit Recommendations here! (Deadline extended to March 22, 2024)

•Link to Draft Recommendation Request here!

•Have Questions? Contact Nasreen Omran at

Please find a copy of the Bridge Scholars Application, Scoring Criteria, and Bridge Scholars Application Checklist, and Information on Mentored Research Topics here.

Applications are scored by the program director, learning coordinator, and mentors.

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About the Program

Eleven undergraduate students will be selected to participate in a two-semester Bridge Scholars Program, providing an experiential learning opportunity to bridge disease prevention through nutrition-focused education in community clinics. The Bridge Scholarship application will open on March 1, 2024 and interested junior and senior candidates are encouraged to apply: Bridge Program Application–The deadline for applications and letters of recommendation has been extended to March 29, 2024.  

Bridge Scholars will complete research projects with a mentor focusing on delivering nutrition education for disease prevention in a clinical setting. Students will implement their research project in either the UK College of Dentistry’s Diagnosis, Wellness and Prevention Clinic, or UK’s Department of Pediatrics Clinic Amiga. In addition to gaining research and Cooperative Extension experience, Bridge Scholars have an opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.  

Bridge Scholars will all receive a $1,000 scholarship in addition to conference registration and travel to attend a professional conference. This work is supported by the Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates, [grant no. 2019-05108], from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Please contact Nasreen Omran ( with any questions.  

Meet the 2023-2024 Bridge Scholars!

Ashley Anderson

Jesse Cleary-Budge

Annika Francke

Caroline Galbraith

Hannah Kho

Tyler Makosy

Michaela Pate

Claudia Sosa

Makenzie Starnes

Sophia Wildermuth

Connect With US

Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

204 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506


Dr. Julie Plasencia

Program Director 

Contact Dr. Julie Plasencia

Nasreen Omran

Program Coordinator 

Contact Nasreen Omran 

Contact Information

Dr. Tammy J. Stephenson, PhD, FAND
Department Chair & Professor

202 Funkhouser Building Lexington, KY 40506-0054

+1 (859) 257-3800