Ethel Austin Martin Program

EAM Program in Human Nutrition

Dr. Ethel Austin Martin

Dr. Ethel Austin Martin, a distinguished nutritionist, was instrumental
in developing research grant programs, instituting nutrition conferences, 
founding journals, and writing several nutrition textbooks.

Dr. Ethel Austin Martin
Dr. Ethel Austin Martin
  • Graduated from SDSU in 1916
  • Did graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Chicago
  • Joined the National Dairy Council in 1929 and served as Director of Nutrition Services
  • Established an endowment at SDSU


The purpose of the E.A. Martin Program in Nutrition is to:

  • Advance knowledge in the science of human nutrition through a multidisciplinary approach, including both research projects and educational programs
  • Encourage practical applications in improving human health
  • Offer professional enrichment in nutrition for all students, faculty, and staff at SDSU

The E.A. Martin Program advances nutrition knowledge with these campus activities:

  • Active research projects take place within and often extend beyond the program, collaborating with other investigators from SDSU and the region (see Research).
  • E.A. Martin Distinguished Lecture is a long-standing tradition at SDSU, bringing in world-renowned speakers in the field of human nutrition (see Lectures and Seminars)


An EA Martin Program Reunion was held on October 4, 2019, in conjunction with SDSU's annual Hobo Day Festivities. Current and former staff, students, and colleagues were in attendance to reminisce and recognize the EAM accomplishments over the years. The EA Martin Endowed Chair, Dr. Bonny Specker gave the EAM Director's Address, which can be found HERE.  

Learn more about our research studies


The E.A. Martin Program offices and laboratory are on the 3rd floor of Wecota Hall. Wecota Hall is located on Medary Avenue across from the SDSU campanile and also houses the GIS Center of Excellence. 

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