With a career in environmental cleanup, Leah Scarborough’s work was based on public health findings, such as studies detailing cancer clusters linked to environmental or other hazards. Wanting to learn more about public health and to have a more proactive role in the field, she decided to return to school.
“I knew I wanted something related to nutrition, a long-time passion of mine,” said Scarborough. “When I found that there was a degree for exercise and nutrition combined at UB, I knew I had found what I’d been looking for. Also, the curriculum for the BS/MS program looked challenging, and highly marketable for a future career. Finances and location were also big factors. I love the Buffalo area.”
After graduating in 2012, Scarborough continued her education by enrolling in UB’s PhD in exercise science program. In the research-intensive program, she is building on her interests in the effects of exercise on food choices and eating behavior, as well the role of caffeine in exercise and its effects on food preference.
“As a PhD student, I especially enjoy mentoring both undergraduate and master’s students,” she said. “In addition, I find the diversity of backgrounds and interests of the exercise science faculty have given me an extraordinary opportunity to broaden my learning experience.”