Student profile: Dietetics student receives prestigious
award for academic achievement
By Kim Markesich
Patrice Hubert, a senior majoring in dietetics in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, received the UConn LSAMP scholarship, a $2500 award for earning the highest grade point average among program participants at UConn. The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) receives funding through the National Science Foundation to assist high-achieving minority students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Hubert, a pleasant and energetic young woman, plans to become a pediatrician. After graduation, she intends to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam, as well as apply to a post-baccalaureate program. She hopes to attend medical school by the fall of 2014.
Her dream of becoming a physician began in childhood and has never wavered. She was captivated during her dietetic clinical rotations. “I found myself very interested in the medical aspects of the program,” Hubert says.
While an undergraduate student, Hubert worked as a summer conference housing assistant and as a student advisor in the Office of Financial Aid. She was a volunteer in the HUSKY Nutrition Program, visiting inner-city schools where she taught nutrition to school-age children.
As part of The Institute for the International Education of Students ABROAD program, Hubert spent the summer of 2010 in Barcelona, Spain, living with a local family while taking a course in food and culture. “At first I was nervous, but it turned out to be the best experience of my life,” Hubert says. “Everything is so different from America. I learned so much. I can’t wait to go back.”
Hubert has participated in the Nutrition Club, served as a model for the Black Students Association Fashion Show and is a lector at St. Justin Catholic Church in Hartford. In her spare time, she enjoys dance, football, shopping and travel. This summer she plans to visit St. Lucia, a place she remembers fondly, having lived there for several years as a young child.
As for being a part of the College and the Department of Allied Health Sciences, she says, “I love it. I receive emails everyday from my advisor. They’re on top of us and they do a lot for us. It’s like a family.”
“Patrice is an excellent student and gives her all!” says Ellen Shanley, director of dietetics. “She has an upbeat personality and a smile on her face at all times. Her enthusiasm is infectious; you can't help but like her!”