Early Career Nutrition (ECN) Interest Group

ASN’s Early Career Nutrition (ECN) Interest Group serves as a conduit of information and opportunities from ASN and the nutrition community at-large to more than 1,600 Early Career members.

It is the mission of the ECN to provide a platform for information, collaboration, and career development for emerging professionals interested in nutrition.


“I am honored to serve as the 2021-2022 Chair of the ECN. It is a privilege to be working with enthusiastic and hardworking ECN executive board members to organize multiple professional development activities throughout the year for our early career professionals in the Nutrition field.

ECN has more than 1600 early career members including international members who are within 10 years of receiving their terminal degree. Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in all our activities helps to provide opportunities and resources to all the ECN members.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any comments or suggestions. We are looking forward to meeting you at our events.”

Nadeeja Wijayatunga MD(MBBS), MPhil, PhD
ECN Chair
Assistant Professor,
Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management
University of Mississippi

Feel free to contact Dr. Nadeeja Wijayatunga, ECN Chair, with questions.

Early Career Nutrition membership in ASN is an essential step to elevate your career! Membership allows you to:

  • Access to professional development opportunities and resources 
  • Network with peers and leaders in the field 
  • Take advantage of CV-building leadership opportunities within ASN and beyond 
  • Be the first to receive access to exclusive mentoring opportunities 
  • Have access to information on the latest job openings and funding opportunities
  • The chance to apply for awards and travel grants
  • Opportunities to give back to students  
  • Access to the free online content of ASN, including all ASN journals

Early Career Nutrition Members account for almost 20% of total ASN membership

Get To Know The ECN Interest Group Executive Committee Members 2021-2022

ECN Professional Development Opportunities (2021 – 2022)

We have professional development activities for the ECN members throughout the year including those for the annual conference.

Professional Development – Mentoring Program

TBD (Pilot project launched)

Professional Development – Networking Program


Webinar 1 – How to Advocate for Yourself as an Early Career Professional

December 2021

Member access to recording on ASN Connect

Webinar 2 – Early Career Grant Funding


March 2022

Member access to recording on ASN Connect

Webinar 3 – How to Set Up and Run Your Lab as Junior Faculty

April 2022

NUTRITION 2022 Annual Conference Activities

June 2022

  • Symposium
  • Social Hour
  • Research Awards
    • Postdoctoral Research Award Competition
    • Early Career Research Award Competition
  • Speed Mentoring Event (Collaborative work with the Student Interest Group)

Current Job Openings

Visit the new ASN Job Board to see current employment opportunities.

Funding Opportunities


The American Society for Nutrition Foundation offers a variety of funding and leadership opportunities.

Click Here for Funding Opportunities

ECN Member Spotlights


Through quarterly member spotlights, the ASN ECN aims to highlight the diversity of its members, foster collaboration, and promote networking. These spotlights emphasize the important work our members do to promote nutrition in their respective fields as well as to advance diversity and inclusion. To nominate an ECN member to be featured, please contact Dr. Nika Larian at Nika.Larian@gmail.com.


With a professional membership of 8,000+ and a digital audience of 60,000+ each month, you can easily reach your target audience through ASN, including ECN members.

All advertisements placed on ASN’s digital or physical properties are subject to review and final approval by ASN.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the ECN members?

Early career professionals within 10 years after receiving a terminal degree, which  includes young professionals interested in nutrition and other related disciplines.

The ECN welcomes early career professionals including clinicians, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, and educators from stakeholders including research, education, clinical care, industry, and government. 

Currently, ECN has 1,664 members and constitutes 19.6% of the total ASN membership.

How do I become an ECN member?

When you become an ASN member, you will be automatically categorized as an ECN member if you are within 10 years of receiving a terminal degree.