Students to experiment with food chemistry during UT Health Science Center nutrition camp

WHAT: The Regional Campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is holding a Summer Nutrition Camp for Laredo-area high school students. During the camp, students will learn about careers in dietetics and nutrition, meal planning, healthy portions and how to shop with nutrition in mind.

WHEN: Between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, the students will conduct chemistry experiments exploring fat content, anti-oxidants and enzymes in food. They also will prepare healthy snacks that emphasize good nutrition.

WHERE: The experiments and snack preparation will be performed in the kitchen laboratory (Room 2.100.34) of the Academic Building at the UT Health Science Center’s Regional Campus, 1937 E. Bustamante Street.

WHO: Brent Shriver, Ph.D., associate professor, and Carmen Román-Shriver, Ph.D., RD, LD, associate professor and director of the UT Health Science Center’s Nutrition and Dietetics Program, will lead students through a series of experiments testing different properties and qualities of foods from a nutritional standpoint. Dr. Román-Shriver speaks both English and Spanish.

NOTE: The camp is sponsored by UT Health Science Center’s Med Ed Program, which offers encouragement and support for middle school, high school and undergraduate college students in South Texas who are interested in the health professions. Med Ed participants are offered year-round academic enrichment, community service opportunities and volunteer programs at area health care facilities. They also take field trips to the Regional Campus in Laredo and the Health Science Center campus in San Antonio to learn how to prepare for an education and career in the health professions. For more information about the Med Ed Program, visit



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