Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab Interns

Currently accepting applications for internships. We regret that we are unable to accommodate minors. If you are under 18, check out the NRI's VIP Summer Internship Program at

*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 are willing to establish a formal internship program with your institution such that students like you may receive class credit as part of a 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.


Intern Spotlight, 2019

Faraneh Afzal


Faraneh is a great addition to the Cheatham Lab.  She comes to us from Iran, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Psychology.  While in school, she gained valuable experience working at an addiction treatment center as well as working with several psychologists, providing general counseling services and counseling to parents of children with diabetes.  She is extremely motivated and driven to learn all she can about the methods used in the lab to study brain development in children. Her research interests include cognitive, developmental, educational, and health psychology.  In her free time Faraneh enjoys photography, Zumba, and making jewelry.


The Science

Past Interns


Nadia De La Cruz - The College of Wooster

Jacqueline Cline - RCCC


Alexandria Snider - Catawba College


Amelia Locklear - UNC-Chapel Hill

Angel Scialdone - UNC Chapel Hill

Ben Silver - UNC Chapel Hill

Lucas Plott - UNC Chapel Hill

Page Magnum - Appalachian State University

Krithika Senthil - Concord High School

Faraneh Afzal - Allameh Tabatab'i University


Anna Wears - UNC-Chapel Hill


Sydney Corbin - Rowan Cabarrus Community College

Katherine Buige - UNC-Chapel Hill

Davis Combs - UNC-Chapel Hill

Madeleine Nagy - Centre College, KY


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