Cedar Kvist

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Cedar Kvist

Cedar Kvist

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Why did you choose the College of Health at OSU to pursue your studies?

I moved to Oregon during the summer before my sophomore year of high school and quickly realized that Oregon had become my new home and I wanted to continue my education in the state. After thoroughly considering several schools within Oregon, it was evident that Oregon State University had the strongest nutrition program available and was closely aligned with my educational goals. The College of Health offers resources to prepare me for a future career in the health field and create lifelong connections with peers and faculty members who share my interests and goals.

What sparked your interest in health?

I grew up very health-oriented and knew that I wanted a major to reflect my interests. I chose nutrition as my major because I value healthy eating and wanted to promote health and wellness through education specifically to those in underserved communities. Overall, nutrition is a major component of living a long and healthy life and is something that everyone deserves to be knowledgeable about.

Why are you interested in research?

After obtaining a general background in nutrition, which included taking several nutrition science courses, I wanted to apply what I had learned to real life. I will be able to obtain firsthand experience and learn several different research methods to develop my personal and professional goals, aiding me in any future career.  

What research will you be working on and with whom?

I am currently working with Dixie Jackson through the ASPIRE Children's Environmental Health Center. I get to develop my own research question that is centered around children's environmental health.

What are your future career and/or academic plans?

I am choosing the nutrition and health sciences option offered with my nutrition major because I hope to find a health care role where I can serve my community. I will attend graduate school and continue to learn and research nutrition and other fields that pique my interest such as epidemiology. Currently, I am working to complete my honors associate degree as well as my thesis project. Starting my second year at OSU I am excited to explore my interests and spend my time working and attending classes that relate to my passions.


The Healthy Discoveries undergraduate research program is made possible with the generous support of the Patricia Valian Reser Fund for Experiential Learning.