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 2023-24 Chair of the ECN interest group. It is exciting to be part of a network of nutrition professionals from around the U.S. and the world. The ECN executive committee continuously strives to deliver activities all year long through webinars, networking events as well as professional development opportunities. We continue to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in all our events.

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

Liliana Aguayo, PhD, MPH
ECN Chair
Assistant Professor,
Emory University

Feel free to contact Mariah Bower, ASN Staff, 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
  • Access free online content for Nutrition Today

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

Get To Know The ECN Interest Group Executive Committee Members 2023-2024

ECN Professional Development Opportunities (2023-2024)

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

Professional Development – Mentoring Program

In Progress

Professional Development – Networking Program

November 17, 2023

Webinar 1 – Funding for Early Career Nutrition Researchers

December 1, 2023

To access the recording of this webinar, click here. Registration is required to view the recording.

Webinar 2 – Demystifying How to Talk Science to the Media

February 29, 2024 from 1:00pm-2:00pm ET

To access the recording of this webinar, click here. Registration is required to view the recording.

For registered dietitians claiming CPE credit and other attendees seeking a Certificate of Attendance, certificates must be downloaded by March 31, 2024. Certificates will be available to live attendees only.

Webinar 3 – How to Maximize Your LinkedIn for Industry Career Opportunities

April 25, 1:00-2:00pm ET

There is an increasing number of graduate students and post-docs who have interest in pursuing non-academic careers, such as the industry path. However, many prospective industry applicants lack education/mentorship (whether formal or informal) on how to represent themselves best for industry jobs. One key aspect to landing an industry job is utilizing and maximizing LinkedIn to its full potential. Two speakers will educate prospective industry applicants on how to utilize LinkedIn successfully: Lauren Brink, PhD, RDN is a nutrition manager who has successfully moved from academia to industry (Reckitt) and Donald Pawlik is a technical recruiter for a Fortune 250 food company (General Mills). Attendees will also be given the opportunity to ask questions for the speakers.

Register here: https://discover.nutrition.org/content/how-maximize-your-linkedin-industry-career-opportunities

NUTRITION 2024 Annual Conference Activities

June 29 – July 2, 2024

  • 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.