The Dannon Company announced today the launch and expansion of the second Dannon Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program to promote the education of a student who shows a strong interest in the research of nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt and probiotics. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural program, the company will award a scholarship of $25,000 to an incoming or current graduate student.
“Research continues to show the benefits of yogurt, which can contain probiotics and deliver important nutrients including protein, calcium and vitamin D”
“The Dannon Company is thrilled with the success of last year’s Fellowship Program,” said Dr. Miguel Freitas, director of health affairs at The Dannon Company. “This year, we’ve expanded the program to include a focus on the nutritional benefits of yogurt, which will encourage applications from a broader group and facilitate research and education on nutrition and yogurt in addition to probiotics. The expansion of the Fellowship Program is aligned with Dannon’s focus as a leader in the Yogurt and Probiotics category, and we are proud to support the future generations of researchers and scientists in this evolving and exciting field.”
“Research continues to show the benefits of yogurt, which can contain probiotics and deliver important nutrients including protein, calcium and vitamin D,” said Keri Glassman, nationally recognized dietitian, founder and president of Nutritious Life, and one of the jury members that will award this year’s fellowship. “The Dannon Probiotics and Yogurt Fellow Program provides an invaluable opportunity for students to further that research and demonstrates Dannon’s commitment to advancing the science of yogurt and probiotics.”
Last year’s fellowship was awarded to Nicholas Bokulich from the University of California, Davis, who used the scholarship to further his interest and studies on the use of foods as a delivery vector for beneficial bacteria in the human diet.
Scholarship applications are currently being accepted, and must be submitted by April 15, 2013 to be considered. The winning applicant will be determined by a cross-functional panel of experts specializing in the field of yogurt, probiotics, and nutrition. The application and full scholarship details are available at dannon.com/fellowship.