Student Organizations

Nutrition and Dietetic Association (NDA)

The Nutrition and Dietetic Association (NDA) is a student-run organization for nutrition and food science majors. The NDA works to promote student visibility, support networking engagements, and provide professional opportunities to up-and-coming nutrition professionals. Getting involved with the NDA is an excellent way to build your volunteer and leadership experiences for internship applications and for your future career. Members will have the opportunity to interact with peers, faculty members, and other dietetic professionals outside the classroom, which offers networking possibilities. Some of the volunteer activities that the NDA has participated in or conducted are canned food drives for Second Harvest Food Back and local shelters, bake sales to raise money for scholarships, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fund raisers, Sole for Soles shoe drive, nursing home bingo, See Spot Run 5K, Operation Christmas Child, and various health fairs held at MTSU. 

The NDA has a bulletin board in the EHS building. The bulletin board has information about meeting times and membership applications, a calendar with upcoming volunteer activities, and other information related to the NDA. Students should check the board frequently for new information.


American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

ASID is comprised of professional interior designers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Practicing interior designers usually join ASID under one of two membership categories, Professional Member or Allied Member. You are not required by law to be a member of ASID in order to practice interior design.

Members are comprised of both residential and commercial designers. To qualify for Allied Membership, the designer must have graduated with a degree in interior design from an accredited university. Accreditation does not necessarily mean FIDER accreditation (see FIDER below). These members either have not passed the NCIDQ exam (see NCIDQ below) or are designers who do not practice interior design on a full time basis (such as interior design educators).

Among qualification requirements for Professional Membership, the designer must pass the NCIDQ exam. Professional Members are required to take continuing education courses to maintain their memberships.

ASID also has Student Members who join the society through their university ASID Student Chapters. Not all schools are allowed by ASID to have a chapter. MTSU does have a student chapter.

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Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

The object of this section shall be to create a greater understanding of the significant place of the family and consumer sciences professional in our society and to stimulate action which will lead toward the realization of an optimum environment which will provide for the total well-being of the family and the individual. The Association has a monthly meeting and offers a variety of community service and fundraising activities. Students are encouraged to participate in the Association at all levels. Graduate study is also encouraged. The MTSU Student Activity Department assists students with funding for travel to professional conferences. More information can be found at the following sites: or 

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NCFR - Certified Family Life Educators

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) sponsors the only national program to certify family life educators. The Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program encourages applications from all professionals with course work and experience in family life education including formal teaching, community education, curriculum and resource development, health care, military family support, counseling, and ministry.

Check out the NCFR-CFLE website for more information.

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Fashion and Design Students at MTSU is a student run organization committed to Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design students. The purpose of the organization is for the students to get involved in interests related to their careers, current affairs, and social interactions. This is accomplished through fashion field trips, guest speakers, social events, community action, and other events initiated by the student members. Membership is open to any interested MTSU students.

  • FADS Chicago Field Trip - October 17-19, 2010.
    This trip included a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, Nay Pier, the magnificent mile, and a private tour of Saks Fifth Avenue and Chanel boutique. Click to see pictures.
  • FADS Chicago Field Trip - November 10-13, 2011.
    Participation in the Fashion Group International Chicago 2011. Click to see pictures

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Mailing Address

Department of Human Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 86
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office

Ellington Human Sciences 100
Department Chair: Deborah Belcher
Telephone: (615) 898-2884
Fax: (615) 898-5130
Office Hours: 8:00-4:30

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