BROOKINGS – Samitinjaya Dhakal, a South Dakota State University graduate student, recently won the American Society of Nutrition’s Graduate Student Research Award Competition. This award is the highest possible honor for graduate students pursuing research in the nutrition science discipline.
Dhakal’s project, titled “Impact of Protein Sources in a Guideline-Based Omnivorous Diet on Circulating Biogenic Amine Metabolites: A Randomized Controlled-Feeding Trial,” was chosen from 216 applicants. Students were evaluated on their research concept, experimental design, data analysis, quality of conclusions drawn and communication skills by a panel of experts that included Paul Coates, president of the ASN and former director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health.
“Scientific research efforts are tremendously rewarding,” Dhakal said. “Getting an opportunity to present our work in front of leading scientists, getting their valuable suggestions, and being recognized as the best work by a panel of experts has motivated me to pursue a career in academia and research.”
ASN is the preeminent professional organization for nutrition research scientists and clinicians around the world. Founded in 1928, the society brings together the top nutrition researchers, medical practitioners, policymakers and industry leaders to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition.
Dhakal was also a finalist for the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Abstract Recognition Program, which recognizes the highest quality of research by students and young investigators. More than 700 abstracts were submitted by students and postdoctoral fellows. The Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Abstract Recognition Award Program aims to recognize the top 15% highest scoring abstracts. Abstracts were rated by more than 400 nutrition scientists.
“Through this program, the American Society for Nutrition celebrates the achievements of our rising stars,” Coates said. “The society looks forward to watching their future contributions to advance our understanding of nutrition science and practice.”
Dhakal, a Nepal native, is pursuing his doctorate in nutritional sciences and is mentored by professor Moul Dey.