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Cody Cummins nutritional sciences undergrad

Meet Cody Cummins, nutritional sciences student

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Media Contact: Katie Lacey | Communications Specialist | 405-744-9347 |

Cody Cummins is a nutritional sciences junior, two-time Wentz Scholar and a former Freshman Research Scholar regarded as a “rock star” by assistant professor Dr. Jill Joyce.

Passionate about her research and coursework, Cummins is currently working on creating several different nutrition education programs for ROTC cadets. Cummins shared about her studies and experiences at Oklahoma State University in this student spotlight: 

Why did you choose to major in nutritional sciences at OSU?

It intrigues me how many diseases could be facilitated or even eliminated through a good diet. I want to help people understand that it is possible to lengthen their lifespan and enhance their everyday living. I chose OSU because, not only did it feel like home, but it also had a reputable nutrition program.

What are you passionate about?

Due to my involvement in research, my ultimate passion is to provide nutrition education to our military because I feel like there is not much attention being put on preventing diseases and injuries. These soldiers have families; they go out onto the frontlines to protect their families and our country. Members of the military deserve to know and learn how they can do better in missions, combat, and prevent diseases from developing before it’s too late through nutrition.

What has been your favorite project?

I have been very grateful to have nutritional sciences assistant professor Dr. Jill Joyce as my mentor through my Freshman Research Scholarship and both Wentz Research Scholarship years. Organizing and providing nutrition education classes to ROTC cadets has been my favorite project to work on. There are so many benefits the cadets can receive from these classes long- and short-term. 

How has being a Wentz Scholar impacted your time at OSU?

It has truly made me realize my dreams of becoming a dietitian for the U.S. Army and helped me find my niche in the dietetic world. I am very glad that we are able to offer our project to the ROTC cadets at OSU and I hope this program can gain attention from the U.S. Army.

What advice would you give to other students interested in nutritional sciences?

It is crucial to get involved with research, clubs, volunteering, or shadowing. It helps you connect topics from your classes to nutrition; which, again, is really important because it will help you long-term.

What is your favorite memory from college so far?

My favorite memory is getting the People’s Choice Award from presenting virtually at the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spring 2021 Convention. The judges really liked our project and my presentation!

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