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 2022-23 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.” 

Nadine Mikati, Ph.D., RDN, LDN
ECN Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition
Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nova Southeastern University


Feel free to contact Dr. Nadine Mikati, 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
  • 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 2022-2023

ECN Professional Development Opportunities (2022-2023)

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

Professional Development – Mentoring Program

Accepting Applications for August 2023 cohort.

Please click here for more information and apply by November 21, 2022!

Professional Development – Networking Program


Webinar 1 – Funding for Early Career Nutrition Research

December 9, 2023, 11am-12:30pm EST

Member access to recording on ASN Connect

Webinar 2 – Transitioning from Early Career to Mid-Career

February 3, 2023, 12pm-1:30pm EST

For more information, click here.

Member access to recording on ASN Connect

Webinar 3 – Beyond Academia

April/May 2023

Member access to recording on ASN Connect

NUTRITION 2023 Annual Conference Activities

July 2023

  • 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.