The PhD in Exercise & Nutritional Sciences (ENS) at Arizona State University was specifically designed to prepare scholars and leaders to address growing health problems and help meet the ever increasing demand for developing effective physical activity and nutrition programs for all segments of society. The mission of the program is to train research scholars to conduct high impact, interdisciplinary research in exercise and nutrition sciences. Our students and faculty conduct high quality, use-inspired research that promotes healthy lifestyles intended to reduce the physical, social and economic costs of unhealthy living. While many healthy lifestyles are studied, the emphasis is on the promotion of physically active living and sound nutrition. In contrast to programs that divide nutrition science and exercise science into separate specializations, the ENS program integrates exercise and nutrition research with health promotion research using a problem-centered rather than a pure disciplinary approach. Our graduates are trained to conduct high impact, interdisciplinary research in exercise and nutrition sciences.
Funds will be used to provide stipends and tuition support for outstanding doctoral students in the Exercise and Nutritional Sciences program. Together with your help, we will train future leaders in exercise and nutritional sciences that will be equipped with the knowledge and training to help tackle the physical, social, and economic costs of unhealthy lifestyles.
"Even as little as five years ago, I never thought I would be in a Ph.D. program. However, I am very fortunate to have found this path to have the opportunity to work on some very innovative ideas. My main research interest is in using virtual reality to promote physical activity and reduce the risk of falling in older adult populations. I became interested in the area of falls prevention because of the harmful effects that experiencing a fall may have on older adults, including loss of independence, disability, or death. Being able to continue my work as a Ph.D. student to enhance the foundation of starting a career is possible because of financial support. As a student, sacrifices have been made to be able to complete my work in a timely fashion to lead to my future career path. Any financial support makes it a little bit easier not to have to worry about expenses related to the experience of being in a Ph.D. program."
3rd Year Ph.D. Student in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences Program