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Project Select

About Us

Maryland’s 2016 Team Nutrition grant, Project SELECT in Middle Schools, is a three year study that will focus on improving schools’ lunch and breakfast participation, student’s vegetable sub-group selection, and implementation of local wellness policies. Using the available funding awarded to MSDE, UMSOM will be evaluating a cafeteria intervention and a nutrition intervention in select counties in Maryland to monitor for changes that may result from the implementation of these interventions. In this study, we will work with school nutrition professionals and children in middle schools across Maryland.

Project SELECT (Student Engagement, Lunchroom Environment, & Culinary Training) in Middle Schools will develop and implement local training and technical assistance to school nutrition professionals regarding food service operations, culinary skills, and Smarter Lunchrooms strategies.

Maryland has selected Project SELECT in Middle Schools to assist students participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs with meeting the recommendations set forth in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by providing appealing and nutritious meals, nutrition education and school environments that are conducive to healthy eating.

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Principal Investigator


Erin Hager, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator 

University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Volunteer Opportunities

Why Volunteer

Reasons to Volunteer:

  • Be involved in cutting edge research
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Publication opportunities
  • Improve your interpersonal skills
  • Gain an understanding of how to conduct community research
  • Potentially earn credits for school
  • It's fun!

Volunteer Duties

The types of duties a volunteer might entail:

  • Recruiting participants
  • Scheduling interviews, making appointments, and contacting participants
  • Helping facilitate parent groups on topics pertaining to nutrition, physical activity, parenting skills, and child safety
  • Conducting participant interviews
  • Classroom set up
  • Collecting data
  • Filing and other office duties
  • Data entry and analysis


If you'd like to apply for a volunteer position, please email Katie Campbell.

If interested internship positions, please send resume or CV to:   

Katie Campbell
Project Select, Project Coordinator
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
737 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201