Momentum Center | Driving Discovery to End Childhood Obesity

Student Summer Internship Program

The Momentum Center Student Summer Internship program provides summer stipend support for students to pursue research interests related to childhood obesity.

Below you will find a list of awarded projects by year.

For more information on the funding opportunity, please go here.



Adolescent Stress: A Predictor of Disordered Eating Behavior
Tiwaloluwa Ajibewa, MS
PhD Student, Movement Science
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Hasson

Mealtime Matters
Lauren Herty
MPH Candidate, Nutritional Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Kate Bauer

Weight Status Moderates Stress-Eating Associations in Children
Hurley Riley III
MPH Candidate, Health Behavior & Health Education
Mentor: Dr. Alison Miller


Developmental Programming of Early Life Adiposity by Postnatal High Fat Diet and the Potential for Maternal Metformin Exposure to Improve Offspring Metabolic Outcomes
Zachary Carlson
Undergraduate, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Brigid Gregg

Associations Between Maternal Carbohydrate Intake During Pregnancy and Child Adiposity and Metabolic Risk in Adolescence
Molly Carter
MS Candidate, Nutritional Sciences
Mentors: Dr. Wei Perng and Dr. Dave Bridges

The Use of Neuroimaging in Understanding Childhood Obesity (Project Media and ABC Brains)
Ruby Siada
Undergraduate, Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Ashley Gearhardt


Parental Restrictive Feeding Behaviors and Adolescent Food-Related Self-Regulation
Caroline Bartholomew
Undergraduate, Psychology
Mentors:  Dr. Ashley Gearhardt and Dr. Megan Pesch

Exploring Adolescents’ Use of Social Media and Technology-Based Self-Monitoring for Weight Management
Samantha Hahn
PhD Candidate, Nutritional Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Katherine Bauer

Motor Skill Competence: A Potential Confounder of Self-Regulation and Obesity Risk in Young Children
Cecilia Bala
Undergraduate, LSA
Mentor: Dr. Leah Robinson

Correlations Between Cheek Cell Fatty Acids and Dietary Fatty Acid Intake Among School-Aged children
Dongqing Wang
MPH Candidate, Epidemiology
Mentor: Dr. Ana Baylin


Disordered Eating, Weight Bias, and Message Credibility in Young Adults Who Watch “The Biggest Loser”
Kelley Borton
MPH Candidate, Nutritional Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Kendrin Sonneville

Cultural Influences on Healthy Behaviors in African American Youth
John Spooney
MS Candidate, Kinesiology
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Hasson

Epigenetic Evaluation of Prenatal High Fat Diet Exposure in Childhood Obesity
Carly McCabe
MS Candidate, Nutritional Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Dana Dolinoy


Creation of Interactive Data Visualizations to Illustrate the Burden and Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity
Jianqi Chen
MS Candidate, School of Information
Mentor: Dr. Joyce Lee

Epigenetics Assay Optimization for Studies Investigating Childhood Obesity
Joseph Kochmanski
PhD Candidate, Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Dana Dolinoy