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Alyson Nelson is in a white lab coat with a protective face shield in front of equipment in the lab.
Alyson Nelson. (photo by Donn Young)

OUR Student Ambassadors are a group of undergraduate researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill who work with the Office for Undergraduate Research in the College of Arts & Sciences to promote a culture of research on campus. We shine a spotlight on three of them during University Research Week, Oct. 19-23.

Name: Alyson Nelson

Hometown: Patrick Springs, Virginia

Major and graduation year: Class of ’21, double major in exercise and sport science and anthropology, minor in food studies

Research focus: My research focuses on metabolism and body composition in a variety of participants. I also often work in sports supplements and exercise intervention studies.

Why I do research: I do research to contribute, even in a small way, to the pursuit of new knowledge. Research also presents the unique opportunity to take what I learn in class and apply it in a real-world context. I have become more confident in my ability to understand and present research while simultaneously expanding my knowledge beyond the classroom.




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