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The Advancing Nutrition Development through Alliances for Education and Leadership (ÁNDALE) Scholars Program aims to support undergraduate students in nutrition, health sciences, and kinesiology at CSULB and CSUMB. The purpose of the program is to enhance academic and professional training by harnessing the expertise and mentorship of highly productive faculty leaders. The ÁNDALE Scholars Program will promote an environment to support diverse students with mentorship, training, and research experiences that will optimize their success in the professional and scientific workforce.

The learning community activities and trainings take place on Fridays 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
DEADLINE: 2017-2018 Scholars Deadline Passed. Check back Spring 2018 for 2018-2019 Deadline.

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CSULB 2018 – 2019 Cohort

  • Candelaria Garcia
  • Health Science
  • Carina Alvarado
  • Health Science
  • Caroline Carbajal
  • Health Science
  • Diana Belmontez
  • Kinesiology
  • Lizette Sanchez
  • Kinesiology

CSUMB 2018 – 2019 Cohort

  • Aaron Espitia Gonzalez
  • Kinesiology
  • Horacio Genis
  • Kinesiology
  • Julia Jimenez
  • Kinesiology
  • Rocio Becerra
  • Kinesiology
  • Rosalba Saavedra
  • Kinesiology


  • Melawhy Garcia, PhD
  • Principal Investigator/Primary Mentor
  • Mara Bird, PhD
  • Co-Investigator/Faculty Mentor
  • Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez, PhD
  • Faculty Mentor
  • Natalia Gatdula, MPH
  • Program Manager
  • Gino Galvez, PhD
  • Faculty Mentor
  • Cheryl Rock, PhD
  • Faculty Mentor
  • Michelle Barrack, PhD
  • Faculty Mentor
  • Kellie Walters, PhD
  • Faculty Mentor


  • Trish Sevene, PhD
  • Co-Principal Investigator/Primary Mentor
  • Brian Cook, PhD
  • Co-Investigator/Faculty Mentor
  • Joanna Morrissey, PhD
  • Co-Investigator/Faculty Mentor
  • Britt Rios-Ellis, PhD
  • Program Advisor

Participants must meet the following criteria:

    be first generation educated (parents/legal guardians do not hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S.-based university or college)
    Spanish language fluency is also desired.
    multicultural; sophomores or new transfers.
    Minimum GPA of 3.0 (Passed science courses with at least a B).


The ÁNDALE Scholars Program is designed to recruit, enroll, and retain diverse undergraduates for a 38-week program (two 16-week semesters and 6 weeks in summer) to engage students in:

    educational activities to increase nutrition and health science knowledge
    experiential learning opportunities with faculty mentor and by completing an externship with a partner organization
    professional development activities including a scholar learning community; and
    on-going mentoring to successfully complete all program activities.

Course enrollment

Scholars will be required to enroll in two (2) courses to improve their knowledge in nutrition, health sciences, and their ability to prepare research papers and presentations.

  • HSC 333 Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention course
  • HSC 407 Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. course

Trainings and Webinars

Scholars will be required to attend six (6) annual competence-based trainings, facilitated by the faculty mentors and presented either in-person or via webinars.

Learning Community

Provide ÁNDALE scholar cohorts with professional development training through a monthly scholar learning community meeting where nutrition-related research and career planning will be discussed.

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Please contact Natalia Gatdula, MPH at 562.985.1770 or if you have any questions.