2022-2023 Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellow:
Stella Uzogara, PhD, MS, RDN, LDN, CFS, FAND
Project: Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy fellowship in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program
Funded by: The estate of Dr. Grace L. Ostenso and Helen and Ed Hintz
Dr. Uzogara is an interdisciplinary scientist with interests in STEM, food, nutrition, health, public policy and education. Prior to the fellowship, she worked as an epidemiologist at Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Roxbury Community College (RCC), Boston, MA where she received the RCC Gateway Award for excellence in teaching and facilitating student learning. Previously, Dr. Uzogara worked overseas and provided visionary leadership as Head of the Biochemistry Department at University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She has worked in the USA and internationally in biotechnology, academia and government public health.
This fellowship is a collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and their Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program. Stella is spending a year working in Washington, DC as a special assistant providing scientific input to congress.
Dr. Uzogara earned her PhD in Food Science from University of London, in the UK; MS degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Drexel University, Philadelphia PA; and BSc degree in Biochemistry from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr Uzogara is a certified food scientist, RDN, and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr. Uzogara has served as a mentor to multicultural students, minority youth and women, and is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the Academy’s “2021 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Promotion Award” and “2019 Excellence in Public Health/Community Nutrition Award.” She also received the “2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award” and “2018 NextGen Public Service Award.”