Meet Desiree Patterson, NSCS’ Scholar of the Week. Desiree graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University, where she was President of her NSCS Chapter.

Desiree has been a member of NSCS since 2013 and says that one of her favorite NSCS experiences was volunteering at the Color Run in Dallas, a charity event that supports the North Texas Food Bank. “Our chapter has participated two years in a row and we have such a blast! I love this community service event because we get to help out such a great organization and it gives our members and officers a day to get to know each a little more,” Desiree said.

For her undergraduate research, Desiree traveled to Peña Blanca, Honduras for two weeks to evaluate vitamin D blood levels of the pediatric population to see if there is a correlation between familial incidence of diabetes mellitus and vitamin D deficiency in children. Desiree also participated in a health conference in the Dominican Republic that focused on the nutrition status of Latin American countries. Both trips have inspired her to pursue a career in health, medicine, and research so that she can contribute to improved health practices in Latin America.

For her contributions to her campus, community, and chapter, Desiree is NSCS’ Scholar of the Week. Congratulations Desiree!