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MSDA 2023-2024 Board


Mariana Lozano

Program: Boston University MS/DI Program, Class of 2024

As the President of the MSDA this year, my mission is to foster a supportive and inclusive community where future nutrition and aspiring dietetic professionals can flourish, exchange ideas, and develop their skills. With a passion for nutrition and a commitment to making a positive impact, I look forward to collaborating with the MSDA Board, and working alongside MAND, and a greater community to empower our members with knowledge, facilitate networking and professional development opportunities. I am excited for the incredible achievements we will accomplish together this coming year!

Vice President/Treasurer

Erica Kim

Program: Tufts University/Tufts Medical Center MS/DI Program, Class of 2024

My name is Erica and I am currently in the second year of combined MS/DI program at Tufts University. As theMSDA Vice President and Treasurer, my goal is to provide a supportive role for the MSDA president and helpwith the successful financial management of the events throughout the year. I am very much looking forward tofacilitating networking opportunities and building connections with individuals who are at different stages of careers within the field of nutrition and dietetics-from DPD students to working professionals. I am very honored to be in the position to serve for MSDA and excited to meet with everyone!



Cheyenne Perkins

Program: Tufts University/Tufts Medical Center MS/DI Program, Class of 2024

Hi everyone! My name is Cheyenne and I am currently undergoing my MSDI at Tufts University, and will be graduating this upcoming Spring 2024. I am originally from Northern Michigan and went to Michigan State University for my undergraduate career. As secretary of the MSDA, I am excited to take my deep-rooted passion for nutrition to help organize exciting, fun, and educational events for you all. I look forward to our year together and I am sure you will be seeing many emails from me in the near future!


Education Chair 

Anna Piccinini 

Program: Boston University MS/DI Program, Class of 2024

As the MSDA Education Chair, I am dedicated to helping members of the MSDA get more involved and to help students network with professionals in the field of dietetics. The MSDA is a community where students can come together to share their similar interests and career goals in nutrition and dietetics. I completed my bachelor's degree at Michigan State University and my goal is to become a sports dietitian and work directly with athletes. I am honored to be a part of the board and I look forward to all the new and exciting opportunities this year!


Philanthropy Chair

Josh Survis

Merrimack College, Nutrition and Human Performance, Class of 2024

Hey there, my name is Josh Survis. I am originally from Washington State but moved to Colorado in 2019 to pursue my undergrad in Nutrition and Fitness. I just recently moved to Massasachutes to now pursue my masters in Nutrition and Human performance, with an end goal of wanting to be a professional sports RD. As the philanthropy Chair of the MSDA, my mission will be to bring my passion for nutrition and helping my community come together and benefit from each other. I am looking forward to meeting you all and excited to see what we can accomplish in this year!

Social Media and Marketing Chair

Yu-Hsiang Chiu 

Program: Massachusetts General Hospital Dietetic Internship

Hi! I’m Chiu. I graduated from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University with a MS degree and I’m from Taiwan! I’m interested in clinical nutrition and nutrition communication. Combining nutrition expertise and photography/videography skills will be my feature to promote nutrition knowledge. 

As the MSDA Social Media Chair, I’ll share our events and news with you to help you reach your dream. Dietetic Internship Selection Workshop, Career Development Workshop, Specialty Nights, and more for you to explore! Please feel free to reach out to us via any channel. We’ll serve as one of your best resources to fulfill your goals! You can start from following our Instagram

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President's Welcome

Hello friends,

April brought a whirlwind of activity with ANCE on April 5th and Day on the Hill (DOTH) on April 8th!

With “food as medicine” front and center in the healthcare crisis today, we were thrilled to host Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, one of the leading global experts on this topic as our keynote speaker!

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Funded MS or PhD Graduate student Fully funded graduate assistantships for RDNs or RDN-eligible students in a full-time MS or PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences beginning fall 2024 at the University of Connecticut. Successful.. Read more >

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MDEF Scholarships

For 2024, MDEF will be giving out two MDEF scholarships and one MDEF Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) scholarship to deserving nutrition students, each in the amount of $1500. Please pass along to any nutrition students or interns who may be eligible to apply!

All applications are due by May 31st