Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab Interns

*Please note that internships will take place at the Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab, located at the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, NC

Thank you for your interest in the internship program with the Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab. 

The Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab has mentored many interns since 2009.  High school, college, and even graduate level interns have learned about human research through direct interaction with the Cheatham Lab staff and participants.  We maintain a formal internship program with A.L. Brown High school, where students may receive class credit as part of a daily, semester-long relationship.  See below for a list of interns who have spent time with us over the years.  As you can see, our interns have come from a variety of schools. 


Current Interns

Sydney Corbin


Katherine Buige


Katherine is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is double majoring in psychology and computer science and hopes to use what she learns to conduct research in Psychology and help develop programs  to aid the research process. While working as a hostess at a local restaurant, she developed an interest in nutrition and the role it plays in our lives. She is particularly interested in examining how prenatal and early nutrition can influence child development. By working at the Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab, Katherine is excited to explore this interest and further narrow down the areas of research in which she wants to participate. In the future Katherine plans to attend graduate school for Psychology.

Davis Combs

Davis is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is studying Biology and Entrepreneurship and hopes to one day work in the field of medicine. In his free time, Davis enjoys being outdoors and playing golf or soccer with his friends. As a fitness enthusiast with experience as a Crossfit trainer, Davis understands the effects diet and nutrition have on the body. Through hands-on experience in the Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition lab, he hopes to learn more about how nutrition affects the brain in particular.

Madeleine Nagy


Madeleine is a rising junior at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is double majoring in behavioral neuroscience and English. Through this internship, Madeleine is interested in learning more about the importance of nutrition on development, especially in regards to early childhood development. Madeleine hopes to gain experience with all facets of research by working in the Cheatham Nutrition and Cognition Lab. In her free time she enjoys knitting and sewing; as well as spending time with her dogs and cat. In the future she plans to attend graduate school to pursue either a career in research or science writing.

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Past Interns


Charanya Uppalapati - Lake Norman Charter High School

Olga Savka - UNC-Charlotte

Lucy Connolly - UNC-Charlotte

Tyler Dishman - Rowan Cabarrus Community College

Steven Talbert - Rowan Cabarrus Community College


Bianca Bernal - A.L. Brown High School

Padydeh Doroodchi - UNC-Charlotte

Andrei Niculescu - Jay M. Robinson High School

Kierra Simmons - A.L. Brown High School

Chris Sisneros - Liberty University

Beth Swiatek - University of Tennessee Knoxville


Fran Bullard – Barnard College

Chad Clinard – The Cannon School

Dana Cobb – Appalachian State University

Sidney Gray - A.L. Brown High School

A’Tyan Kennedy – Johnson C. Smith University

Isabella Krider – Community School of Davidson

Max Patel – Salisbury High School

Katelynne Poole – Brevard College

Christa Thomas – Appalachian State University

Erick Velazquillo – Johnson C. Smith University

Megan “Brianne” White - A.L. Brown High School


Savanna Althey – Catawba College

Alyssa Ferri – UNC-Chapel Hill (Public Health Graduate Certificate Program)

Katie Lenarcic – Winthrop University (Graduate Nutrition Program)

Hampton Smith – Davie County High School


Zack Bombardier - A.L. Brown High School

Meredith Gentle – Azusa Pacific University

Amber McKnight - A.L. Brown High School

Sid Modi – NC School of Science and Math


Tom Aumuller – Cannon School

Hannah Burris – UNC-Chapel Hill

Heather Jones – UNC-Charlotte

Priyenka “Niju” Katiwada – Northwest Cabarrus High School

Jennifer McDonald – Catawba College

Lauren Middlebrooks - A.L. Brown High School

Sabrina Toppin – UNC-Charlotte

Addison White – Jay M. Robinson

Jacquesea Williamson - A.L. Brown High School


DeAuyna Davis - A.L. Brown High School

Sarah Devlin – Catawba College

Micah Grier – A.L. Brown High School

Grace Millsap – UNC-Charlotte


Stuart Dula – UNC-Chapel Hill

Lauren Graham – Catawba College

Raven Hill – A.L. Brown High School

Ben Lovin – Cannon School