After serving in the Peace Corp for two years it is not surprising to find that Kate Reinsma was looking for a university that would enhance her skills to practice nutrition in an international environment. Having served in Cameroon, Africa she returned to the United States to seek a degree that would build upon her Masters of Science Degree in Human Nutrition. Loma Linda University caught her eye, since it offers tuition assistance to Peace Corp Fellows in pursuit of doctoral degrees. She was also attracted by the Christian foundation at LLU.
"While at LLU I have appreciated the many opportunities to develop professionally. I have assisted in research projects and served as a teaching assistant in multiple global health and nutrition classes which has solidified my desire to teach and conduct research after I graduate. Also the faculty and staff have been very supportive as I work towards my career goals in international nutrition." Kate has returned to Cameroon to conduct her doctoral research. She is developing an audio program to promote exclusive breastfeeding, with a grant she received from the Nestlé Foundation.
Kate has found the LLU Department of Nutrition an excellent place to pursue her doctoral degree. "The professors are very knowledgeable and care about each student. The education is solid yet provides flexibility for students to serve in clinical, community, or international settings." After completing her degree she would like to teach at a university while continuing to conduct research in Africa.