Peggy Papathakis, Ph.D.

Distinguished Scholarship Award
San Luis Obispo
Food Science and Nutrition

Building Nutrition careers and saving lives

​When Professor Peggy Papathakis came to the Food Science and Nutrition Department, one aims was to engage in nutrition research in developing counties and to provide global nutrition experiences for students.  She secured funding for a study treating 1800 pregnant undernourished women in Malawi, and the findings will help influence public policy women worldwide. Dr. Papathakis has facilitated nutrition research experiences in Africa for 26 Cal Poly nutrition graduates; has engaged at least 25 undergraduate students on campus in research projects, in addition to graduate students.  Students comment on the importance of these experiences in determining their future careers, and those engaged in Africa comment on the impact on their personal and professional growth.