"Further Your Dreams with a Fellowship"

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Ashley Carter
McKnight DissertationFellowship
Food & Nutrition Science


I am pursuing my graduate degree because of my interest in understanding health disparities and chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Using multiple indicators and biomarkers of chronic diseases, I plan to add to current knowledge in my field and provide information about how specific nutrients and related foods influence health (as a part of a comprehensive and novel approach). My research and ambitions are important because of the impact they can have on many people who have chronic diseases or may have a high risk for chronic diseases. I am hoping to decrease health disparities by educating underserved populations about health.

The McKnight Dissertation Fellowship has impacted my graduate degree by allowing me to obtain experiences and skills needed to be prepared for my future endeavors of obtaining a postdoctoral fellowship and then becoming a researcher. As a part of my career aspirations, it is my plan to continue to disseminate information about the health of disadvantaged groups and underserved populations and about how disparities can be attenuated.