Jillian Smith

Jillian Smith

Jillian Smith of Cape Elizabeth, Maine graduated from the University of New Hampshire in December 2012 with a bachelor of science in nutrition, a focus in dietetics, and a minor in Spanish. Her research was conducted with the help of an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) and was done to complete her Honors in Major thesis. Although Jillian wanted to work with human subjects, she was enthused by the research on cows and dairy products that was being conducted in Dr. Joanne Curran-Celentano’s laboratory. Unfamiliar with cows, Jillian spent a semester learning about everything from farming practices and the lactation of cows to how to make mozzarella cheese. She said that she was able to form wonderful relationships with her new colleagues in the lab, all of whom helped to shape her into the person she is today. Jillian decided to submit to Inquiry in order to share her research with a broader audience and has found the experience challenging but also enjoyable. Now a UNH graduate, Jillian hopes to become a registered dietitian and specialize in pediatric nutrition. She was recently accepted to the Brigham and Woman’s Dietetic Internship program in Boston.