Our goal is bold, but so was her teaching.
Renee Rosen, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, passed away in August. Her energy, enthusiasm, and passion for our students is an impossible void to fill, but your gift can keep her legacy alive.
Renee’s enthusiasm for her students was part of everything she did, and during her tenure at the University she was a champion for getting undergraduates placed in additional learning opportunities outside the lecture hall. Because of this, we are fundraising to support student scholarships that provide financial aid for students seeking unpaid internships.
When we reach our $10,000 goal, we will be able to fund five (5) $2,000 scholarships to help our students pursue their passions.
For students studying food science and nutrition, hands-on experiences are a critical part of the teaching and learning process. The biggest benefit? Our students gain experience while also being able to share their passion for their field. Sometimes students want to pursue an internship but may be discouraged because it is unpaid, and may lead to a financial burden. By providing scholarships for these students, we will be able to help expand the field of internships and other learning opportunities our students want to pursue, without them having to worry about funding.
Renee was one of the biggest advocates for learning, and our students are grateful for her and the opportunities she gave them. Pictured above is one of our favorite pictures of Renee from the department's annual Halloween celebration, when she showed up as the 'nutty professor'.
Hear directly from students who benefited from Renee's drive to get them hands-on learning opportunties outside the classroom:
Carly Britton, who participated in an internship with an ultimate frisbee league set up by Renee: "Working with Renee on the lesson plans for an extended period of time beyond the classroom really helped me gain professional experience educating people and athletes in nutrition. This internship really helped me practice time management, organizational skills, public speaking, and how to create more effective lesson plans that can be implemented in various settings."
Emily Bengson, who had Renee as a professor and also worked with her as a TA: "Renee was one of the most engaging, innovative, and approachable professors I’ve ever worked with. Renee utilized everything from online learning tools to hands-on activities in order to improve her course content and promote student success. Some of my most memorable, impactful learning opportunities were made possible by Renee. Her undeniable passion for nutrition was contagious, and she held high standards for not only herself, but her students as well. Most importantly, Renee created an outstanding learning environment by making every student feel welcomed, important, and heard in her classroom. I will always appreciate her impact on my life, both within and beyond the academic setting. During pivotal years of my young adulthood, Renee’s influence has gone beyond a textbook, and for that I am grateful."
Nicole Peterson, who participated in an internship with an ultimate frisbee league set up by Renee: "With Renee’s guidance and expertise, I was able to apply what I had learned previously in the classroom to real competitive athletes. Through this experience, I was able to pursue my passion for sports nutrition and gain experience for my future career. I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in experiential learning."
Amanda Gray, who participated in an internship with an ultimate frisbee league set up by Renee: "Renee cared about her students so much and wanted us to get experience outside of the classroom applying what we learned in class. The summer internship allowed me to get experience in a new area and help prepare me for my career in nutrition!"
Help us keep her passion for students and learning alive by donating today! We also welcome your messages and memories of Renee from your time at the U.