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Graduate Student Portfolio

The Graduate Student Portfolio is a mechanism for you to convey that you have achieved the core competencies and that you are ready to move forward with thesis or dissertation research. You may not register for NUTR 700 (Thesis) or NUTR 800 (Dissertation) credits until the portfolio has been reviewed.

All students (MS, MPH, PhD) are required to submit the portfolio soon after the completion of the core courses, by June 30th of the first year of study. Information on the process and timeline will be provided in NUTR 500 (Graduate Seminar) in autumn quarter and during the Student Symposium in the spring.

The portfolio summarizes the learning that has taken place in the core classes: NUTR 500, 520, 521, 522, 529, 531, 562 and BIOST 511. You will prepare your portfolio using the Portfolio Template to prepare a self assessment, develop a thesis/dissertaion timeline, and select sample assignments including a scientific paper, science to policy paper, and PowerPoint presentation.

Portfolios will be reviewed by the Nutritional Sciences faculty in July using the criteria on the Portfolio Review Table. The faculty will make one of three possible decisions for each student: 1) Student is ready to proceed to thesis research; 2) Student needs to complete additional preparation work before conducting thesis research; 3) Student should not plan to proceed further in graduate work in Nutritional Sciences. An assigned member of the faculty will provide feedback on your portfolio following the review. If you do not receive feedback on your portfolio by August 15th, please do not hesitate to check in with us at nutr@uw.edu.

To complete the portfolio:

  1. Complete the Portfolio Template and collect required assignments.
  2. Consolidate the template and assignments into a single PDF document.
    You can use Adobe Acrobat Pro to convert files to PDF and merge them to form a single document. Acrobat Pro is available on all computers in the Raitt Hall 330 student room. Instructions for merging separate files into one PDF are available here.
  3. Name the PDF file using the underscore naming convention below with your first initial, last name, title, and completion date.
  4. Upload the single PDF file including all required materials to the Catalyst Drop Box by 11:00 p.m. on June 30. Please do not upload materials as separate documents.

Additional Resources

Thesis 101 Slides
Slides presented by Glen Duncan at the Student Symposium

Updated March 26, 2015


Please join us for our Winter 2015 seminar series that will examine critical issues in global nutrition, such as malnutrition, hidden hunger, and dual burden of disease, focusing on food justice and the right to food both in Seattle–King County and globally. The seminar is open to all UW faculty, staff, and students. Seminar Schedule

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