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Project SELECT

About Us

‌Maryland’s 2016 Team Nutrition grant, Project SELECT in Middle Schools, is a three year study that will focus on improving schools’ lunch and breakfast participation, student’s vegetable sub-group selection, and implementation of local wellness policies. Using the available funding awarded to MSDE, UMSOM will be evaluating a cafeteria intervention and a nutrition intervention in select counties in Maryland to monitor for changes that may result from the implementation of these interventions. In this study, we will work with school nutrition professionals and children in middle schools across Maryland.

Project SELECT (Student Engagement, Lunchroom Environment, & Culinary Training) in Middle Schools will develop and implement local training and technical assistance to school nutrition professionals regarding food service operations, culinary skills, and Smarter Lunchrooms strategies.

Maryland has selected Project SELECT in Middle Schools to assist students participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs with meeting the recommendations set forth in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by providing appealing and nutritious meals, nutrition education and school environments that are conducive to healthy eating.

Tools & Measures

Students and parents/family will participate in school meals and food tasting evaluations to inform menu development, as well as, the preparation and presentation of foods. A parent and family wellness toolkit will be developed and disseminated to support local wellness policy implementation at the school level. All activities will be evaluated to assess the impact on: a) schools’ lunch and breakfast participation and vegetable sub-group (dark green, red/orange, beans/peas) selection; b) students’ consumption and selection of vegetable sub-groups; and c) implementation of local wellness policies.



Project SELECT Report

Principal Investigator

 Erin Hager, PhD

Principal Investigator
University of Maryland, School of Medicine


Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

Why Volunteer

Reasons to Volunteer or Intern:

  • Be involved in cutting edge research
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Publication opportunities
  • Improve your interpersonal skills
  • Gain an understanding of how to conduct community research
  • Potentially earn credits for school
  • It's fun!

Volunteer Duties

The types of duties an internship might entail:

  • Recruiting participants
  • Scheduling interviews, making appointments, and contacting participants
  • Helping facilitate parent groups on topics pertaining to nutrition, physical activity, parenting skills, and child safety
  • Conducting participant interviews
  • Classroom set up
  • Collecting data
  • Filing and other office duties
  • Data entry and analysis


If you'd like to apply for an internship or volunteer position, please email Jasmia Shropshire.

If interested in an internship position, please send resume or CV to:   

Kristi Corona