Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) in Culinary Medicine

msp_picNow accepting applications for Scholars seeking experiential learning in Spring 2023 with opportunities to renew in the Summer and Fall of 2023.

Program Description

The University of Arizona Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) in Culinary Medicine addresses the need for skilled, diverse graduates working at the intersection of nutrition, food and human health. Aligned with the national Food Is Medicine initiative, our goal is to recruit, engage, retain, and mentor Scholars to become skillful leaders in culinary medicine, an emerging practical discipline characterized by the integration of the science of nutrition and the art of food and cooking. Additionally, students engage with tools to address access to and consumption of high quality culturally relevant meals with consideration of fixed budgets of both time and money as a means to help prevent and treat diseases and improve quality of life.

Program Requirements

This is a limited term offering. Students are being recruited to participate in Spring 2023, with an opportunity to renew participation in Summer and Fall 2023. 

Each participating term, Scholars will: (a) complete a series of virtual workshops offered by the Arizona Libraries in Open Pedagogy and Open Educational Resources; (b) work with a faculty mentor and other students to develop original content (images, audio, video, figures, text) suitable for publication in our Open Educational Resource in Culinary Medicine (an open access, free, digital textbook created by Nutritional Sciences faculty, staff and students in 2023); and, (ce) complete ~45 hours of experiential learning in partnership with collaborating programs for elective course credit.

Program Benefits

  • Obtain financial support (Scholars receive a $3,250 stipend each participating term – eligible terms are Spring 2023, and Summer or Fall 2023)
  • Receive mentoring and advising guidance throughout the program
  • Network with peers, professors, and community members
  • Work in partnership with community organizations
  • Develop strong communication skills
  • Earn elective course credit

How to Submit Your Application:

Please send your resume and a written confirmation that you meet all program eligibility criteria to Dr. Melanie Hingle (hinglem@arizona.edu) using your University of Arizona email address and with the subject line: Multicultural Scholars in Culinary Medicine Application. Please submit your application no later than Friday, January 6, 2023. Include your Name and NetID in the body of the email. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Majoring in Nutritional Sciences or Nutrition & Food Systems
  • Identify as: Black, African -American, Latina/o/x, Hispanic, Native American, American Indian, Indigenous, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or multi-racial of the aforementioned. 
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Able to complete all program requirements

Program requirements

  1. Complete a series of virtual workshops offered by the Arizona Libraries in Open Pedagogy and Open Educational Resources
  2. Work with a faculty mentor and other students to develop original content (images, audio, video, figures, text) suitable for publication in our Open Educational Resource in Culinary Medicine
  3. Complete experiential learning in partnership with collaborating programs

For questions regarding how this program and required coursework can apply towards your degree requirements, you are encouraged to discuss with your academic advisor. - please make an appointment via nscadvising@email.arizona.edu or walk-in to Shantz 238 each Monday between 12pm and 3pm.