Hall earns Presidential Fellowship
24 Jul 2015
Nutrition and Health Sciences doctoral student Elisha Hall has earned a prestigious University of Nebraska Presidential Fellowship for the 2015-16 school year. She is one of just six recipients across the NU system. Presidential Fellowships honor a select group of NU graduate students each year based on high scholastic performance and personal accomplishment. She will receive a stipend provided through the NU Foundation that allows her to pursue her studies full-time.
Hall, of Lincoln, has a goal to fight socioeconomic-related nutrition disparities to improve community health and well-being. Poor nutrition can affect school performance, sleep patterns, illness, chronic disease development and mental health; Hall said she believes each leads to a domino effect of other problems.
Her research in the field has already made significant impacts on industry literature: Hall developed, validated and piloted a survey that measured nutrition-based knowledge, behaviors and self-efficacy in fifth-graders, finding important disparities between students at low-income and high-income schools.
Hall's doctoral research evaluates an interactive elementary nutrition education program, examines the relationships between social cognitive theory constructs for low- and high-income groups, and explores rarely studied perspectives of teachers on classroom-based nutrition programming. Hall plans to one day teach and research in the field as a university professor. She hopes to create and evaluate programs that address the complexity of family life to in turn reduce health disparities, especially in children.
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College of Education and Human Sciences
Nutrition and Health Sciences