Mitsuki Yasuda
Osaka, Japan
Faculty advisor: 
Internship title/site and brief summary: 

Department of Health, UNRWA headquarters in Amman, Jordan. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) provides assistance and protection for some 5.6 million registered Palestine refugees to help them achieve their full potential in human development. As an intern at the Department of Health in UNRWA headquarters, I was largely responsible for efforts in policy and strategy development to ensure and promote the health of the Palestine refugees. Based on my specialty, I mainly worked in areas of nutrition and maternal-child health.

Professional / academic / life plans after graduation: 

My career mission is to work as a community health nutrition specialist and dietitian in international organizations, such as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to contribute to population health promotion activities for children and women.

Favorite memory of being a graduate student at Oregon State: 

Feeling pressured by A LOT of assignments every night.

Impactful faculty mentorship: 

Dr. Chi was my faculty advisor and supported my entire academic life at OSU. Since he has understood my needs well and advised me thoughtfully, I could have a great relationship with him. I could not be happier with the quality of the mentorship I received from him. Dr. Grutzmacher significantly supported to develop my specialty of nutrition. Through taking her courses, I learned a lot on the subject of community nutrition and got helpful and thoughtful feedback to improve my skills to be a community nutritionist. Thank you for being extremely supportive to achieve my academic goal.